Minor Guardianships

Create Court Forms and E-File for Minor Guardianships in Washington

This website helps you prepare and e-file legal forms for a Minor Guardianship in the Washington State.

Minor Guardianship is a legal case defined in RCW 11.130 to appoint a legal guardian for a child because the parents are absent (e.g. dead, imprisoned, in rehab etc.)   

This website leads you through friendly online questionnaires, with helpful tips directly from courts to prepare your case documents to file for a Minor Guardianship. Once you complete the questionnaires, you can download the latest official version (last updated July 2024) of court documents (WORD and PDF) or E-file these with the court. 

You can also just explore your options as your privacy is kept and your case is visible to you only until you file with the court. 

Create Case Documents


This website provides a guided experience to people who are working themselves on preparing the court forms for a Domestic Violence Protection (Restraining) Order.

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1. Is it an Emergency Minor Guardianship

Start by entering the zip so the our system can determine the court house with jurisdiction. Answer a few questions to determine whether your case would be an emergency or a non-emergency one

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2. Prepare Standard Case Documents

This website will present you simple questions to gather the data required to prepare the official Washington Court forms needed to start the file the case Each topic offers questions in simple and non-legal language. 

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3. Consult Advocate (Optional)

Depending on your situation, the website can list any local and trusted nonprofits. These nonprofits can help you with certain aspect of the case.

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4. File with the Court

This website simplifies the filing to a couple of clicks. Once filed you can also get follow up notifications from the court. You can also serve documents electronically to the other parties.

Emergency Vs. Non-Emergency

Depending on the situation you can apply for either an Emergency order which lasts for a short term (60 days) or a Non-Emergency Longer term order

Emergency (also called Short Term)

  • To urgently prevent harm to the children
  • Order is effective for 60 days
  • Can be renewed one time so it lasts another 60 days (max 120 days total)

Non-Emergency (also called Long Term, or Regular)

  • Longer term deliberate planning for children's wellbeing
  • Order is effective until all children reach the age of 18
  • Process can take 60 days from the filing date


Your case documents are filed at a Superior or District Court in your county. Here are examples of some. 


The abuser may react to your filing for a restraining order


the abuser particularly in domestic violence situations may react with anger due to the perceived loss of control over you and your household. 

Damaging jointly owned property

The respondent make drain bank accounts, max out credit cards, damage cars or houses or do other damage to jointly owned property. 

Murder or Physical Harm

A particular risk is if the respondent has access to guns or other firearms they might actually kill you. Here's an example from 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana   

Weaponize Immigration Status or Health Insurance

The abuser may report you or your loved ones undocumented US immigration status to the U.S authorities, or cancel health insurance.

Harming or taking away children

Fearing restrictions on custody or visitations the abuser may preemptively take the children away or just call the Child Protective Services against you.

Spreading false information about you

The abuser may spread false information particularly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other social media. 

Court Forms Created

When you pass the screening and complete the questionnaires, you can then download the following standard court forms filled correctly with your information. These court forms are provided by the Washington Courts.


Core Forms

  • PO 001 Petition for Protection Order
  • PO 003 Law Enforcement and Confidential Information Form
  • PO 030 Temporary Protection Order and Hearing Notice
  • PO 004 Proof of Service

  • WS 001 Order to Surrender and Prohibit Weapons Without Notice
  • PO 036 Order Transferring Case and Setting Hearing


In Washington there are six types of civil protection orders, with Domestic Violence Protection Order being one of them. 

Domestic Violence Protection Order

Domestic violence is abuse from a romantic partner, or a family or a household member. The abuse can involve physical or sexual violence, or a pattern of harassment or controlling behavior or merely threats to harm.

Vulnerable Adult Protection Order

Vulnerable adults means senior citizens or other persons who have physical or mental disabilities. This protection order is aimed at protection them from someone who is mistreating them or exploiting them financially.

Sexual Assault Protection Order

This protection order applies to situations involving unwanted sexual conduct by someone who is not a romantic partner or a member of the victim's family or household.

Stalking Protection Order

May be filed by someone who is experiencing stalking conduct by someone who is not a romantic partner or, a family or household member.

Anti-harassment Protection Order

For protection against any kind of unlawful or harassing behavior that is annoying or stressful and that serves no lawful purpose.

Extreme Risk Protection Order

This is aimed at restricting access to firearms from someone who poses significant danger to self or others. This protection order must be requested by a family or household member or a law enforcement agency.