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Washington Divorce Forms
This is a list of the most commonly filed divorce forms for the state of Washington. Following the list is a brief summary of each form and its purpose. This list of forms is not exhaustive and not all forms listed are required for every divorce. Due to unique case situations and special divorce filing procedures in Washington, certain forms may or may not be required by the Washington courts.
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (PTDSS) (DR 01.0100)
This nine-page form profiles the marriage, identifies the spouses, their children, sets for the proposed terms and conditions of the division and distribution of their property, includes a proposed parenting plan, and asks relief on the grounds that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
Summons (SM) (DR 01.200)
This two-page form informs the Respondent that he or she is being sued for divorce (or separation) and gives him or her 20 days (if in the state of Washington) or 60 days (if served outside of the state) to file an Answer, or face a default decree against him or her. This response must be filed on a form DR 1.0300, Response to Petition (Domestic Relations), and the Petitioner has 14 days to file the Respondent's Answer with the court.
Acceptance of Service (ACSR) (DRPSCU O1.0310)
This one-page form authenticates that the Respondent received, at a minimum, the Summons and Petition. Depending upon the course of the action, he or she may also receive at the same time 1) a proposed Order of Child Support (DR 01.0500), 2) a proposed Child Support Worksheets, 3) proposed Parenting Plan (DR 01.0400) and 4) a Financial Declaration (DRPSCU 01.1550).
Response to Petition (RSP) (Domestic Relations) (DR1.0300)
This three-page form is used to admit or deny allegations in the Petition and make any requests for relief on the part of the Respondent.
Joinder (JN) (DRPSCU 01.0330)
This one-page form allows the Respondent to join in the Petitioner's action. Joining in the action means that the Respondent agrees to the terms and conditions set forth in the Petition.
Decree of Dissolution (divorce) (DCD) (DR 04.0400)
This seven-page form ends the marriage. It stipulates the terms and conditions of the division and distribution of assets and liabilities to the husband and the wife, states alimony, if awarded, and incorporates parenting plans and child support orders, if applicable.
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (FNFCL) (DR 04.300)
The nine-page Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law profile of the case and are based on agreement of the parties, a default by one spouse, or a trial. The Findings and Conclusions state for the record the determination of status of parties and of the marriage as well as the separation agreement or prenuptial agreement, community property and community liabilities, separate property and separate liabilities, maintenance, continuing restraining orders, fees and costs, (and if applicable) children and jurisdiction over children, parenting plan.
Parenting Plan (DR 01.0400)
This ten-page form, which may be identified as Proposed (PPP), Temporary (PPT) or a Final Order (PP), describes the terms and conditions of child custody and visitation. The Parenting Plan is subject to negotiations during divorce.
Declaration in Support of Parenting Plan (DCLR) (DR O4.0120)
This form, which may be completed by both parents, asserts each spouse's position in the event that the custody of minor child(ren) is disputed.
Declaration of Non-Military Service or Waiver of Rights Under Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act
This form is used when a Respondent waives any protection from civil litigation that he or she may enjoy under the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act. A Declaration of Non-military Services states that he or she is not in the military. By signing it he or she accepts service of process, which includes the Petition and the Summons.
Order of Child Support (DR 01.0500)
This 11-page form orders the payment of any child support as needed. These orders may be temporary (TMORS), which are those issued by the court in the early stages of a divorce, or final (ORS), which are those issued in conjunction with the divorce decree.
Motion and Declaration for Default (MTDFL) (DR 03.0100)
This three-page form moves for and declares a default, when the Respondent, having been properly served, has not answered within time limits, has failed to appear, and enjoys no protection under the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act.
Order of Default (ORDFL) (DR 03.0200)
This two-page form executes the Motion and Declaration for Default.
Motion and Declaration of Service by Publication (DRPSCU 01.0260)
This two-page form is filed after the Petitioner has made a good faith effort to locate a missing spouse who cannot or will not accept service of process.
Summons by Publication (DR 01.0270)
This summons, when published in a newspaper, gives a missing spouse 60 days to respond or face a default judgment against him or her.
Washington State Child Support Schedule Worksheets (CSW)
The divorcing couple must calculate the appropriate child support on these worksheets. The sheets profile their finances and are used in conjunction with the Washington State Child Support Schedule Standards for the Determination of Child Support.
Financial Declaration (FNDCLR) (DRPSCU 01.1550)
This six-page form, which may be completed by both spouses, declares the income and expenses on a monthly basis. This form comes into play in divorce negotiations.
Alimony is called maintenance in Washington. A spouse seeking to obtain maintenance must specifically request it in his or her divorce papers. In determining the need, duration, and amount of maintenance, the court considers the finances of each spouse, including income, debts, tax liability, investments, and property, the work experience and earning capacity of each spouse, including education and training, the age and physical abilities of each spouse, the duration of the marriage, and the standard of living attained during the marriage.
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