What is a settlement conference, and can a Parenting Plan that has been agreed upon between a Petitioner and Respondent be signed at this time?
A settlement conference is a formal meeting between the parties to a court case and a neutral third party (such as a judge, retired judge, or attorney not otherwise involved in the case), during which the parties try to settle, or reach an agreement, about all of the legal issues in their case. Some counties require parties to family law cases to have a settlement conference before going to trial. Some counties have programs to provide family law settlement conferences available free of charge.
The Court Directory page of the Washington Courts Web site lists contact information for courts in Washington State.
Additional legal resources are available from the following Web sites:
- CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral service).
- Columbia Legal Services.
- DSHS (Washington State Department of Social and Health Services) - Division of Child Support and Resource Center.
- Courthouse Facilitators page of the Washington Courts Web site.
- The Washington State Court Forms page of the Washington Courts Web site contains links to forms and additional resources.
- Seattle-King County Young Lawyers.
- Washington LawHelp.
- Washington State Bar Association.
See also: Answer ID 795: Legal questions.
If this did not answer your question or if you have a suggestion, please E-Mail Washington Courts. You will receive a response by e-mail.
RN ID 1289 | Published 08/02/2005 11:17 AM | Updated 10/20/2009 11:52 AM