Court Cases - Minor Guardianship


Revised Code of Washinton (RCW) 26.10

Governor Jay Inslee signed a proclamation delaying the implementation of the Uniform Guardianship Act as it pertains to the repeal of RCW 26.10 Non Parental Custody at the request of the Superior Court Judge's Association (SCJA) and in consultation with Senator Jamie Pederson.  The proclamation will be in effect for 30 days however the SCJA leadership and Senator Pederson intend to extend the delay through the end of the June via legislative action once session begins.  Click here to see the press release.  Posted 1/4/21

Non-Parental Custody Alert- click hereUpdated 12/8/20

Letter from Superior Court Judge's Association regarding 26.10 in effect until June 2021  Posted 12/8/20

How to finalize your Non-Parental Custody Case by agreement or default and Frequently Asked Questions

Self Represented Party Resource Sheet


Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 11.130.185

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An Introduction to the Process- click here for more information.

Minor Guardianship Custody: Full and limited guardianship actions when no parent is willing and able to perform their parenting functions.

Emergency Minor Guardianship: Action is brought when no person is willing or has authority to act on behalf of the minor in an emergent situation and may be brought to place the children with a guardian while the Minor Guardianship Custody case moves forward. An emergency guardianship will serve the purpose of temporary orders and are not to exceed 60 days, but can be extended.

Standby Minor Guardianship: Unique case within the Minor Guardianship process where no parent is willing or able to perform their parenting functions within the next two years.