Change of Venue
Change of Venue by Agreement of Both Parties
If you have filed a divorce case in Wahkiakum County and both parties are in agreement to change the venue to another county, the parties can complete a Motion for Change of Venue, a Declaration in Support of Change of Venue and an Order Changing Venue for presentation to the Judge, ex parte.
Once the Motion for Change of Venue, Declaration in Support of Change of Venue, and Order Changing Venue have been completed and signed by both parties, the original signed documents can be mailed to our office, along with the required fees:
- New County Filing Fee made payable to the Clerk's Office in the county the case is being moved to.
- Contact the Clerk's office in the county that the case is being moved to and ask what the required filing fee is. Also verify what forms of payment they accept. (Many Clerks’ offices don't accept personal checks.)
- $30.00 Ex Parte fee - Required to present the Order Changing Venue to the Judge, ex parte, if both parties are in agreement. (If you paid an ex parte fee when your divorce was filed, please call our office to see if you need to pay an additional ex parte fee.)
- $20.00 Change of Venue fee - Required for our office to send your case file to the county where the case is being moved to.
Change of Venue NOT by Agreement of Both Parties
When both parties are not in agreement to change venue, then a court hearing must be scheduled. The Party wishing to Change Venue must complete the forms noted above: Motion for Change of Venue, Declaration in Support of Change of Venue, and Order Changing Venue and schedule a court hearing by completing a Notice of Hearing. Make 2 copies of all completed documents. Mail the original documents to our office for filing, have one set of copies served on the other party and keep one copy for your records. Note, the court does not choose your hearing date for you, the requesting party must choose a court hearing date set out far enough on one of the Domestic Docket dates held monthly to allow for proper service per our Local Court Rules (the Court Calendar and Local Court Rules can be found by clicking on 'Superior Court' under Departments above.) Lastly, you must file a Proof of Service with the Court showing the date/time and documents served on the other party prior to the scheduled hearing and attend your scheduled hearing.
If the Court grants the Order to Change Venue, the case file will be sent to the new county once the appropriate fees (new venue filing fee and change venue prep fee) have been received by our Clerk's Office.