The pro se dissolution calendar will be heard in chambers only on Mondays. You will not attend a live hearing. You will need to complete and file written testimony (form found on Snohomish County Website, link below) and submit your final documents (Findings and Conclusions about a Marriage [FL Divorce 231], Final Divorce Order/Legal Separation Order/Invalid Marriage Order [FL 241]) as working copies to the Commissioners Working Copies location in the courthouse, room 1300 at least 5 court days before the hearing date. All final orders must be completed (filled-in) and signed by the necessary parties. In cases with children, in addition to the written testimony and final orders referenced above, you will also need to submit the following completed orders: Parenting Plan [FL ALL Family 140], Residential Time Summary Report [FL Divorce 243], Child Support Order [FL All Family 130], Child Support Worksheets, Financial Declarations [FL ALL Family 131], and a copy of your parenting Seminar Certificate (if not previously filed). Cases with minor children also require a background check. Instructions regarding background checks can be found at JIS Background Checks | Snohomish County, WA - Official Website (snohomishcountywa.gov). Background check assistance is available in room 5-620 of the courthouse. Remember, background check requests must be submitted at least 5 court days before the hearing date. You will need to submit a new background check form even if you have previously submitted one. The form documents referenced above can be found at www.courts.wa.gov with the exception of the Written Testimony Forms which can be found under Domestic Relation Forms here: https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5523/Snohomish-County-Superior-Court-Forms.
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The waiting period for a divorce is 90 days from the date of filing with a joinder or 90 days from service on the other party. If the case is contested, parties will need to schedule their case for trial; it can take six to eight months for a case to go to trial.
Legal Separation is 20 days from service on the other party or no waiting period if agreed (except the standard 12 days notice required to note a hearing on the pro se dissolution calendar).
The filing fee for a new divorce case is $314 and $56 to modify an existing order on a Snohomish County case. To view all the filing fees for our office, please click here.
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