Wahkiakum County Superior Court Divorce by Mail

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING FOR DIVORCE IN WAHKIAKUM COUNTY

If you live in Washington State, you can file by mail an Uncontested divorce in Wahkiakum County and your presence will not be required when the Ex Parte fee is paid.  In Washington, a divorce action is initiated when one spouse (the Petitioner) files a petition for dissolution of marriage in a Washington State Superior Court. (The other spouse is called the Respondent.) Parties can choose to proceed on their own, go through an Online Divorce Service that will charge a fee to help prepare your paperwork; or seek help through an attorney. The Clerk’s office may answer procedural questions, but is not allowed to provide legal advice.

Filing Fee                     $294.00

Exparte Fee                 $  30.00

Visit the Washington Courts webpage at www.courts.wa.gov/forms/ to download and print the necessary forms or you can obtain blank pre-printed form packets by contacting the Wahkiakum Clerk’s Office:

Pre-printed packets for a Dissolution Without Children are $20.00, which includes postage;

Pre-printed packets for a Dissolution With Children are $30.00, which includes postage.

To begin the Divorce process complete and mail the Petition, Confidential Information and the $294.00 Filing Fee. This will start the State Mandatory 90 day “cooling off” period.  (Note: The 90 day waiting period won’t start until a Joinder is signed or we receive a Proof of Service that shows the date and time the other party was served with the Petition and Summons.)  The remaining documents can be mailed in before the set dissolution date.

Most clients find is easier to send in all the necessary paperwork at the time of filing, with all the necessary fees.

When your paperwork is received by the Wahkiakum Clerk’s Office, we will mail a pink receipt back to the filing party showing what documents we have received and what still may be needed.  This receipt will also include your assigned case number and Dissolution date, along with our copy fee schedule.

Important things to keep in mind when filing in Wahkiakum County:

  • Only send in the Original Documents with original signatures, we do not accept copies for filing. Only send copies if you want copies conformed.
  • We only accept documents printed on one side, any documents printed on both sides of the paper will not be filed, they will be returned to be printed properly and re-submitted.
  • It is very important that your witnessed signatures, notarized by a public notary on the Verification of Findings of Facts, match the way you sign all submitted paperwork. Any documents submitted with signatures that do not match, will be returned.
  • We do not notify you when your divorce is final and we only mail copies of final paperwork if copies are paid for; paid copies are mailed to the person who paid for the copies in the provided self-addressed/stamped envelope.