NOTE: If your situation is one of the following, you must apply through the Superior Court Clerk’s office:
o Married with or without child(ren)
o Divorced with child(ren)
o Getting divorced with or without child(ren)
o Not married but with child(ren) in common
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) RCW 26.50 provides guidance and the following definitions to assist in determining whether a situation requires a domestic violence protection order or an anti-harassment protection order:
o “Domestic violence” means: Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, between family or household members; sexual assault of one family or household member by another; or stalking of one family or household member by another family or household member.
o “Family or household members” means: spouses, domestic partners, former spouses, former domestic partners, persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time; adult persons related by blood or marriage; adult persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past; persons sixteen years of age or older who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past and who have or have had a dating relationship; persons sixteen years of age or older with whom a person sixteen years of age or older has or has had a dating relationship; and persons who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship, including stepparents, stepchildren, grandparents and grandchildren.
o “Dating relationship” means a social relationship of a romantic nature. Factors that the court may consider in making this determination include: The length of time the relationship has existed; the nature of the relationship; and the frequency of interaction between the parties.
Once the Judge approves a petition, a hearing date will be set by the District Court Clerk and you will be contacted to pick up your petition package.