Guardianship Monitoring Program (GMP) Information and Forms
“DELAY IN REPEAL OF RCW 26.10"
Please refer to: Proclamation by the Governor Amending Proclamations 20-05 and 20-84
MINOR GUARDIANSHIPS AND
NON-PARENTAL CUSTODY CASES –
IMPENDING LAW CHANGE
The legislature did away with the Non-Parental Custody statute effective January 30, 2021. Because of the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Governor has given parties additional time to complete pending Non-Parental Custody cases, but that could change at any time. The legislature enacted a new statute, the Minor Guardianship statute, to take the place of the Non-Parental Custody statute.
If you are a party to a Non-Parental Custody case where the final orders have not been signed by the Court. You are urged to take immediate action to either finalize/resolve your case, dismiss your Non-Parental Custody petition, or convert your case into a Minor Guardianship case.
What are my options?
1.) If all parties were properly served in your Non-Parental Custody case and failed to respond or appear in Court, you may file a motion and notice of hearing to complete your case by a Default Order and entry of final orders.
2.) If all parties in your Non-Parental Custody case were served and agree to the Non-Parental Custody, then you may file a motion to enter agreed final orders.
3.) You may choose to dismiss your Non-Parental Custody case, by filing a motion to dismiss, a declaration explaining why you wish to dismiss the case, and a Notice of Hearing.
4.) You may convert your Non-Parental Custody case into a Minor Guardianship case.
It is critical to your Non-Parental Custody case that you proceed in one of the four methods noted above. If the timeline for completing your Non-Parental Custody case expires without your taking action, which could happen at any time, your Non-Parental Custody case is no longer a method to gain custody of the child/ren in your petition. At that time, the Court will be unable to enforce any temporary orders of Non-Parental Custody and/or restraining orders issued.
Please go to www.courts.wa.gov/forms to locate the forms you need to complete your case. See the section for Minor Guardianships, which includes order number 502, which is a petition to terminate or change (modify) a minor guardianship or non-parental custody order. Also see the Non-Parental Custody section for orders needed to complete your case if you can do so prior to the termination of the State of Emergency. You may wish to have counsel assist you during this process.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITY -
UGA: Title 11 Minor Guardianship, RCW 11.130