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Family Court
Welcome to Pierce County Family Court
Pierce County Family Court consists of two judicial departments, three commissioners and a case coordinator. It is a team dedicated to implementing the plan for Family Court while putting into practice learned lessons to reduce conflict and timely resolve disputes involving the custody of children.

Main Goals
The main goals of Family Court include:
  • Identify, segregate and prioritize cases involving the custody of children
  • Provide consistent and timely judicial decision-making with intensive case management, settlement conferences and education to litigants using Impact on Children seminars to speed case resolution and reduce conflict
  • Provide early judicial intervention

Main Types of Cases
The types of cases that are in Family Court:
  • Modification of custody
  • Non-parental custody
  • Relocations
  • When a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is authorized in a matter involving parenting plans (dissolutions, legal separations, petition for residential schedule) and there is at least 90 days until the original trial date

Helpful Resources 
Use the links below to help your understanding of Family Court procedures and processes. 

Specific to Pierce County