A trial is a fact-finding process before a Judge and where the final decisions are made in your case. There is no jury in a family law trial. The reason a trial is held is because you and the other party cannot agree on important issues.
Trials are open to the public.
In Thurston County there are two kinds of trials, Informal and a Traditional Trial. The parties will need to select what kind of trial they will choose to have by filing a Family Law Trial Selection form. Click here for more information about the two kinds of trials.