(1)Calendar. Any uncontested dissolution action may be brought on for final hearing by noting it for the calendar for final dissolutions with attorneys or the calendar for final dissolutions without attorneys, as appropriate.
(2)Note for Final Dissolution Calendar. A notice of hearing for the calendar for final dissolutions must be filed with the clerk no later than six court days before the hearing on the calendar for final dissolutions.
(3) Self-Represented Parties. Self-represented parties are encouraged to note the matter for final hearing and to provide proposed final papers to the clerk more than thirty days before the hearing. Matters shall be placed on this calendar only if the file shows the following:
(A)The petitioner's opponent has joined in the petition for dissolution of marriage; or
(B)The respondent has agreed in writing to entry of the proposed final papers; or
(C)An order of default has been entered or is appropriate and available for entry at the time of hearing.
(b) Final Testimony. In cases in which neither party is represented by an attorney (LSPR 94.04(c)(5)), brief testimony shall be required before entry of a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, a Decree of Dissolution of Registered Domestic Partnership, a Decree of Legal Separation, a Declaration Concerning Validity of Marriage, a Declaration Concerning Validity of Registered Domestic Partnership, a Judgment and Order Establishing Residential Schedule and Child Support, a Non-parental Custody Decree or a Judgment and Order Determining Parentage. The testimony shall be scheduled on the following calendars:
(1) Dissolution of Marriage, Dissolution of Register Domestic Partnership Legal Separation, Declaration Concerning Validity of Marriage, Declaration Concerning Validity of Registered Domestic Partnership, or Judgment and Order Establishing Residential Schedule and Child Support: Final Dissolution Calendar, with or without attorneys as appropriate.
(2) Parentage: State Parentage/Support Calendar or Family Law Motion Calendar, with or without attorneys as appropriate.
(3) Non-parental Custody: Non-parental Custody Calendar.
Testimony may also be presented at a settlement conference or a trial.
(c)Entry of Decree.
(1)Time of Presenting Documents for Signature. At the time of hearing of an uncontested dissolution case, the necessary documents to be signed must be presented to the court for signature. If signed, they shall be filed with the clerk. For good cause, the court may extend the time for presentation.
(2) Review of Final Pleadings. All final decrees, final orders and any accompanying Findings of Fact/Conclusions of Law, Parenting Plans, Orders of Child Support and Child Support Worksheets for family law cases shall be reviewed for form and completeness by a legal professional before presentation to a judicial officer. Legal professional means an attorney, Limited License Legal Technician, courthouse facilitator, or a legal aid volunteer. Motions for fee waivers may be presented ex parte without first being reviewed by a legal professional. The court may waive the requirement of review by a legal professional and the courthouse facilitator fee through a court order. The Guardian ad Litem’s approval of the parenting plan shall meet the review requirement for the parenting plan.
(3) Notice to State of Washington. No final decree or accompanying orders for child support and child support worksheets shall be entered in any family law case where a party to receive support for any dependent child shall be, at that time, a beneficiary of public assistance unless and until notice has been given to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Office of Support Enforcement, or the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Family Support Division.
(4) Documents. In matters involving minor children, a decree of dissolution shall not be entered unless support worksheets and a proposed or agreed parenting plan have been filed by each party and the LSPR 94.06 requirements have been satisfied.
(5) Testimony Not Required. The court may enter agreed or default final orders without a final hearing or oral testimony when (a) at least one of the parties is represented by an attorney, (b) the findings of fact are verified by the petitioner or the respondent as provided in this rule, and (c) the matter is the following type of case:
(B) legal separation,
(C) invalidity of marriage,
(D) parenting plan modification,
(E) child support modification,
(F) non-parental custody,
(G) paternity, or
(H) residential schedule, parenting plan, or child support for unmarried parents with a paternity acknowledgment.
Verification shall be as follows:
State of Washington )
County of Thurston )
_____________________________ (name) being first duly sworn on oath deposes and says:
I am the Petitioner or Respondent in this case and I have read the foregoing findings of fact and conclusions of law, parenting plan, support order, and related documents, if included herein, and they are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. If this is a default, I am not seeking any relief beyond that specifically requested in the petition. The support requested, if any, is in compliance with the Washington State Child Support Schedule.
Petitioner’s or Respondent’s Signature
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this ______ day of ____________, 20___.
Notary Public for the State of Washington,
residing at __________________________. My commission expires __________________.
(6) Mailing of Final Documents. Following the entry of final documents by default in a family law matter, the moving party or attorney for the moving party shall immediately deliver or mail to the other party, at his or her last known address, a conformed copy of all final pleadings.
(d) Non-Parental Custody Actions. In all actions for non-parental custody, at the time the Temporary Order is entered, the court shall set a review hearing six (6) months from the entry of the Temporary Order. If a matter is not ready to be finalized at the six (6) month review hearing, then the matter shall immediately be set for a settlement conference.
[Amended effective February 9, 1999; September 1, 2006; September 1, 2008; September 1, 2014; September 1, 2016; September 1, 2019.]