COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR FAMILIES DURING SHELTER IN PLACE, STAY AT HOME ORDERS
All Family law Order must be followed, including Parenting Plans, Restraining Orders, Child Support Orders and Other temporary family law orders.
Approved Parenting Seminars
Skagit County requires all persons involved in a parenting plan (custody/visitation) action to participate in an approved parenting seminar within 90 days after the service of a petition starting the legal proceedings (See SCLSPR 94.01.1). There are fees associated with the seminars. Some providers offer reduced fees or grants. Contact the provider directly for information on fees. The court can enter sanctions or can choose not to enter a final parenting plan or custody order if the parties have not completed the approved seminar. This requirement may be waived by the court for good cause.
Your early participation in any one of these programs may decrease the stress for you and your child or children and may speed up the resolution of your legal proceeding. The seminars are designed to help parents learn about the issues children deal with when their parents separate. Parents generally report having learned valuable information which assists them in helping their children deal with the separation.
“Separate Homes Connected Families” Co-Parenting Class
“Successful Co-Parenting” Class
“Two Families Now”
“Children in Between” Class
Family Law Facilitators
Esme Romero and Darcy MacKenzie-Mehlhaff
Hours 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by appointment only
Spanish speaking facilitator is available.
The Family Law Facilitators provide assistance, coordination, development and direction of services relating to family law issues for unrepresented litigants.The Family Law Facilitators are available on:
Monday through Friday, 8:45 4:00 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Costs: $20.00 per ½ hour appointment (effective 1/1/10); paid prior to appointment. Certain credit cards are accepted. You may also pay-by-phone.
Payment: Clerk’s Office. Courthouse, 1st floor
Please arrive for your appointment at least ten minutes early to allow time to pay the fee at the Clerks Office.
Spanish speaking facilitator is available on Thursdays and Fridays
The Family Law Facilitators are not attorneys and are prohibited from practicing law.
TELEPHONIC APPOINTMENTS WITH FACILITATOR | Pdf
Customer instructions for paying for Court Facilitator appointments:
Credit Card payments may be made online through nCourt, There is a service fee for processing payment(s) online or over the phone. The total charge amount will be displayed prior to submitting the payment. To make a payment by phone, please call (877) 793-8935 Mon-Fri 7am-9pm and Sat-Sun 9am-6pm EST.
Once you have submitted your payment, you will receive an email letting you know if the court has accepted or rejected your payment.
To better serve you and to ensure you are prepared for your appointment, please refer to the Family Law outlines which are located on the Superior Court/forms page.
Appointments for your final dissolution or legal separation cannot be done telephonically. Refunds are not available for missed appointments.
Guardians Ad Litem Information
Skagit County Superior Court creates a new Guardian ad Litem (GAL) registry for Title 11 and Title 26 each September 1st. Please refer to the Skagit County Local Court Rules for education and experience requirements.
To be considered for these registries, the following documents must be submitted to the Court Administrator prior to September 1st:
Current Guardians Ad Litem Lists