Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court
Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court

Family Court Facilitator

General Information

 

The Family Court Facilitator will assist with the following types of cases:

 

Divorce/Legal Separation;

Family Law Motions;

Child Support Modifications;

Child Relocation;

Establishing a Parenting Plan;

Parenting Plan Modification;

Non-Parental Custody;

Invalidity/Annulment; and

Paternity.

 

The Family Court Facilitator cannot assist people with:

Adoptions;

Juvenile Dependency;

Wills;

Evictions;

Traffic Citations;

Guardianships;

Bankruptcy;

Probate;

Name Change;

Criminal Charges; and

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) for retirement accounts

 

Services Available from the Clerk’s Facilitator:

 

Information on how to start certain family law actions;

Information on what legal forms are needed;

Review of client paperwork for completeness;

Information on court rules, procedures & case schedules;

Information on other court and community resources;

Assistance in scheduling court hearings; and

Computation of child support.

 

Ways to Obtain Facilitator Services:

 

The Family Court Facilitator is seen either at the time of final entry of the documents in your case, or by appointment.  The process for seeing the Family Court Facilitator at the time of final entry of documents is different in each county.  Appointments must be scheduled in person at the appropriate Superior Court Clerk’s Office.  SEE DETAILS BELOW FOR EACH COUNTY.

 

Benton County Family Court Facilitator

 

At the Time of Final Entry of Documents:  A Family Court Facilitator is available for pro se litigants every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for those parties scheduled for final entry of documents on the afternoon domestic docket. The Family Court Facilitator will review completed forms to determine whether the forms have been completely filled out but will not review as to substantive content with respect to the parties’ legal rights and obligations. 

 

Location:

Benton County Superior Court Administration

Benton County Justice Center

7122 W. Okanogan Place, Bldg. A

Kennewick, WA  99336

 

Fee:   There is no cost for this service.

 

By Appointment:  An appointment with the Family Court Facilitator may be scheduled by contacting the Benton County Superior Court Clerk at the following location:

 

Location:

Benton County Superior Court Clerk’s Office

Benton County Justice Center

7122 West Okanogan Place, Building A

Kennewick, WA  99336

(509) 735-8388, Ext. 3

 

Fee The cost to see the Family Court Facilitator by appointment is $25.00 for the first one-half hour payable at the time the appointment is made.  Additional appointments for the same case are $15.00 for each additional one-half hour and must be made in person as well. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. You may reschedule one time 24 hours in advance of your first scheduled appointment. Modifications or other types of cases will also require payment of the $25.00 facilitator fee when appointment is made.

 

 

Franklin County Family Court Facilitator

 

At the Time of Final Entry of Documents:  A Family Court Facilitator is available for pro se litigants every Monday at 8:30 a.m. for those parties scheduled for final entry of documents on the Monday morning domestic docket. The Family Court Facilitator will review completed forms to determine whether the forms have been completely filled out but will not review as to substantive content with respect to the parties’ legal rights and obligations. 

 

Location:

Franklin County Superior Court

Courtroom A

Franklin County Courthouse

1016 N. 4th Avenue

Pasco, WA 99301

 

By Appointment:  An appointment with the Family Court Facilitator may be scheduled by contacting the Franklin County Superior Court Clerk at the following location:

 

Location:

Franklin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office

1016 N. 4th Avenue, Room 306

Pasco, WA 99301

(509) 545-3525

 

Fee The cost to see the Family Court Facilitator by appointment is $25.00 payable at the time the appointment is made.  Additional appointments for the same case are $15.00 and must be made in person as well. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. You may reschedule one time within 24 hours of your first scheduled appointment. Modifications or other types of cases will also require payment of the $25.00 facilitator fee when appointment is made.

 

 

How to Prepare for Your Appointment With the Family Court Facilitator

 

For Dissolution of Marriage/Legal Separation Cases:

 

1. If property has NOT been previously divided and you would like it addressed by the Court, please prepare a complete list of your property and other assets. This may include, but is not limited to: real estate (include addresses and parcel numbers), automobiles and other vehicles (include make, model and VIN numbers), bank accounts (include bank name, balance and account numbers), stock and bonds (list details), retirement accounts (list details), life insurance policies with a cash value (list account number and value), inheritances, household items, jewelry and any other asset you possess. If you or your spouse had separately owned property, be sure to list those items on a separate sheet of paper. If you know how you want the property divided under the terms of the dissolution, prepare a second list with two headings, “Husband” and “Wife” at the top. Under each heading list the items to be awarded to each of you.

 

2. Prepare a complete list of your debts and liabilities (with creditor and last 4 digits of the account number), which includes mortgages, loans for automobiles and other vehicles, credit card accounts, and any other type of loan or debt owed by you and your spouse. The balances should be as of the date of separation. All debt incurred during the marriage and prior to the date of separation, regardless of whose name is listed on the account, is considered community debt for purposes of the dissolution documents. Please make a complete list and do not assume an account is separate if it is listed in one name only. It must be listed on the dissolution documents. Also prepare a second list with two headings, “Husband” and “Wife” at the top. Under each heading list the debts you want to be responsible for and the debts you want to be the responsibility of your spouse. If you believe there are separate debts, kindly list those items on a separate piece of paper. An example of a separate debt is an account in your name only that did not gain in principal during the marriage (is student loan).

 

3. Be prepared to provide your income information and that of your spouse. I will need your gross monthly income and deductions from your paycheck. Also, please bring information concerning child support paid for children from previous relationships.

 

NOTE: Please make your lists as legible as possible on 8.5” x 11” plain white paper. Typed is preferred, buy neatly handwritten lists are acceptable.

 

For Paternity Cases:

Bring in your copy of the Affidavit of Paternity signed at the hospital at the time of the child’s birth. If your child was born after July 1, 1997 and you do not have a copy of the affidavit, you may request a certified copy by sending your request (PaternityAffidavitRequest.pdf) along with a copy of your picture identification and a check or money order for $35.00 to the following address:

 

Center for Health Statistics

PO Box 9709

Olympia, WA 98504-9709

 

Or, if paternity was established in a parentage/child support action in another county, please obtain a certified copy of the Judgment and Order Determining Parentage from that file.

 

For Modification Cases:

For Child Support: Bring in a copy of your most recent child support order

 

For Parenting Plans: Bring in a copy of your most recent parenting plan

 

Either document can be obtained from the Superior Court Clerk’s Office where the order was entered. A deputy clerk will make copies for you at a cost of $.50 per page.

 

Controlling Law

 

Excerpt from Washington State Court Rule GR 27(d, e &f):

 

Family Law Courthouse Facilitators shall, whenever reasonably practical, obtain a written and signed disclaimer of attorney- client relationship, attorney-client confidentiality and representation from each person utilizing the services of the Family Law Courthouse Facilitator. The prescribed disclaimer shall be in the format developed by the Administrative Office of the Courts. No attorney-client relationship or privilege is created, by implication or by inference, between a Family Law Courthouse Facilitator providing basic services under this rule and the users of Family Law Courthouse Facilitator Program services. Family law courthouse facilitators providing basic services under this rule are not engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. Upon a courthouse facilitator’s voluntary or involuntary termination from a courthouse facilitator program, that person is no longer a courthouse facilitator providing services pursuant to RCW 26.12.240 or this Rule. [Adopted effective September 1, 2002.]

 

 

 

Revised 11/17/14

Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center

7122 W Okanogan Pl

Building A

Kennewick, WA 99336

509-736-3071

 

Importance Notice

Independence Day will be on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.  Trials will be heard that week.

 

Please refer to Court Holiday Schedule to see changes to regular calendar.

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Due to the rapidly changing nature of the Court’s information on the internet pages, the Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Courts cannot insure 100% accuracy.  The data and links are provided for informational purposes only and may not have been updated on the date you view it.  The Courts assume no liability for any legal consequences arising out of any information on these pages.

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