2011 Washington Code
Title 26 Domestic relations
26.10 Nonparental actions for child custody.
26.10.020 Civil practice to govern -- Designation of proceedings -- Decrees.

(1) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the practice in civil action shall govern all proceedings under this chapter, except that trial by jury is dispensed with.

     (2) In cases where a party other than a parent seeks custody of a minor child, a separate custody proceeding shall be entitled "In re the custody of . . . . . ."

     (3) The initial pleading in all proceedings under this chapter shall be denominated a petition. A responsive pleading shall be denominated a response. Other pleadings, and all pleadings in other matters under this chapter shall be denominated as provided in the civil rules for superior court.

[1987 c 460 § 26.]



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