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 Alejandra Villasenor 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.

2021 Title 26 GAL Registry.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [83.6 KB]

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

Brezo, Colleen.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [77.5 KB]
Carey, Janet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [128.3 KB]
Carrier, Tawney.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [182.1 KB]
Carter, Michelle.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [76.3 KB]
Koehmstedt, Karen.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [97.4 KB]
Sierra-Kelly, Katherine.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [99.3 KB]
Silva, Branden.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [147.7 KB]
Smith, Nita.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.1 KB]
Vaughn, Laura.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [75.9 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 3.1[...]
Microsoft Word document [35.7 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
GAL26 FAQ - How Do I Get Paid on a Title[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [94.9 KB]
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]

August 23, 2021

Superior Court Statement On Appearances In Court In Light of Governor's Order to Mask

The Superior Court is withdrawing this prior general presumption of personal appearance at hearings to address concerns regarding the Delta variant of Covid-19.  The Court’s order can be found HERE.  In light of the Governor’s Order that all individuals who enter buildings wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, it is appropriate for individuals who can appear remotely to do so if they wish.  The Courtrooms remain open to the public with capacity limits and the requirement of masking for all.  In some criminal matters it is necessary to require the presence the Defendant or Respondent.. Those who wish the opportunity to appear remotely via WebEx must ensure that their connection is sufficient to be heard and/or seen, and that their appearance and behavior during a hearing is appropriate for the Courtroom.

Court's Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

En respuesta a la nueva pandemia de coronavirus (o COVID-19), nuestros servicios estaran limitados

Click HERE for the latest information concerning the Court's response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Effective September 1, 2021 - 2021 Superior Court

Local Court Rules  

2021 Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court Local Court Rules
2021 Benton Franklin Counties Local Cou[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]

Ex Parte

Important Notice

 Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.

Holiday Schedule

The Courts will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 6, 2021. 



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


Arbitrator Eligibility

Important Notice

Click HERE for information and attestation form.

Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center

7122 W Okanogan Pl

Building A

Kennewick, WA 99336




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