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

Title 26 Guardians ad Litem

Appointment of Guardians ad Litem

Below you will find the link for the current Title 26 (Family Law) GAL Registry.  Please note that GALs must be listed on this registry in order to be appointed to cases in Benton and Franklin Counties.


Any Title 26 GAL from this list can be appointed to a case if all parties agree on the GAL.  If parties cannot agree on a GAL, please submit a written request for a strike packet to Angelina Stevenson in Court Administration. 


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the GAL Registry Manager at 509-736-3071.


For a current list of Title 26 Family Law Guardians ad Litem click BELOW.

2018 Title 26 GAL Registry.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [214.7 KB]

For information about a GAL's experience and qualifications, click on the name below.

Bennett, Charles.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [67.8 KB]
Carey, Janet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [121.1 KB]
Carrier, Tawney.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [152.0 KB]
Crider, Amy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [74.1 KB]
Dahlhauser, Allyson.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [91.2 KB]
Hayles-Davenport, Kari.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [66.4 KB]
Hollenbeck, Tracy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [384.7 KB]
Klym, Arthur.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [74.6 KB]
Koehmstedt, Karen.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [107.2 KB]
Little, Jeff.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [701.4 KB]
May, Wayne.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [114.3 KB]
O'Brien, John.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [92.3 KB]
Sierra-Kelly, Katherine.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [101.4 KB]
Silva, Branden.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [131.5 KB]
Smith, Nita.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [84.4 KB]
Symons, Tara.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [151.1 KB]
Taylor, Amanda.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [108.2 KB]
Varela, Teresita.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [74.2 KB]
Vaughn, Laura.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [92.2 KB]
Zappone, Peggy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [67.8 KB]

Apply to Become a Guardian ad Litem

Click HERE to apply for the Title 26 GAL Registry.

The statutory authority for the appointment of a guardian ad litem is RCW 26.12.175.  Information obtained by a GAL cannot be released without a court order, under RCW 26.12.180.

Guardian ad Litem Forms

BCFC Order Appt GAL TypeIn.FCI dated 9.2[...]
Microsoft Word document [34.8 KB]
order appt gal.fci write in 09.2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [748.6 KB]
Microsoft Word document [38.5 KB]
Microsoft Word document [37.5 KB]
Microsoft Word document [130.5 KB]
GAL Release of Information.doc
Microsoft Word document [28.5 KB]

Standardized required GAL Report Forms

Sealed Confidential GAL Report.doc
Microsoft Word document [61.0 KB]
Title 26 GAL Report Public Document Summ[...]
Microsoft Word document [20.8 KB]
County paid PRELIM GAL REPORT.doc
Microsoft Word document [70.0 KB]
County paid FINAL GAL REPORT.doc
Microsoft Word document [70.0 KB]

Other County Paid GAL Forms

Information Request by County Paid GAL
Microsoft Word document [22.0 KB]
Motion for Order Approving Payment at Public Expense
Include all supporting documentation along with a copy of the Order Appointing and any subsequent orders approving additional fees should that apply.
Motion for Order Approving Payment of GA[...]
Microsoft Word document [36.0 KB]
Order Approving Payment at Public Expense
Order Approving Payment of GAL Fees at P[...]
Microsoft Word document [38.0 KB]

Ex Parte

Important Notice

The process for ex parte has changed in both counties on a permanent basis. Click HERE for a description of the process.


Further, the Court requires that litigants submitting orders ex parte must attest to whether or not a notice of disqualification has been filed.  Click HERE to view Judicial Resolution 17-002 and related form.

Arbitrator Eligibility

Important Notice

RCW 7.06.040 was amended changing eligibility requirements for arbitrators under the mandatory arbitration process.   Click HERE for information and attestation form.

Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center

7122 W Okanogan Pl

Building A

Kennewick, WA 99336



Importance Notice

 The Courts will be closed for  Veterans Day on Monday, November 12, 2018.


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


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