• Custody Actions during a dissolution – governed by RCW 26.09.
  • Parentage Actions custody cases involving unmarried parents – governed by RCW 26.09, 26.26, and 26.27.
  • Modification of Custody Actions: Parenting Plan and Residential Schedule matters – governed by RCW 26.09.260 (major and minor modifications).
  • Domestic Violence Actions – governed by RCW 26.50.
  • Non-Parental Custody Actions: Minor custody actions involving parties other than parents of a minor child -governed by RCW 26.10. AND The New Visitation statute commonly referred to as the new “Grandparent’s Rights” law.
  • Dependency Actions -governed by RCW 13.34.
  • Relocation Actions: Involve changes to child custody based on a custodial parent’s move.
    • RCW 26.09.440: Notice requirements
    • RCW 26.09.520: Basis for determination
  • Contempt Actions: Actions that may be brought against a non-compliant party – governed by RCW 26.09.160 and RCW 7.21.030.
  • Property Rights Enforcement Actions – governed by RCW 26.16.
  • Guardianship Actions & Guardians Ad Litem
    • Vulnerable Adult Protection Act -governed by RCW 11.88 and RCW 74.34.
    • Guardian ad Litem (GAL) – governed by RCW 26.12.175.
    • Guardianship of a Minor – governed by RCW 13.36.

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