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What does a Non-Compliance Letter Mean?
Noncompliance Letters & Hearings
A Case Schedule is issued when a case is filed. There are certain things the court expects you to file or schedule by the date on that case schedule. The Court will send a Noncompliance letter when an item is not in the court file by that date. The Court may also set a Noncompliance hearing for you to appear to see why it has not been filed or possible alternatives. If the missing item is filed or scheduled prior to the noncompliance hearing, the hearing may be cancelled and you will not need to appear.
A Noncompliance hearing is not the time to argue other matters or request some other relief. The other parties have received notice of the noncompliance hearing only and it is not fair (due process) for you to request something else at that time without notice to the other party.
- Confirmation of Service
- Certificate of Parenting Class
- Guardian ad litem Retainer & Orders
- WSP Background Check
Confirmation of Service - Not Filed
Refer to Pierce County Local Rule 5 for information on this or view the What You Need to Know about Service slideshow, a presentation provided by Tacoma-Pierce Coordinated Family Law Project.
Certification of Parenting Class - Not filed
Pierce County Local Rule (PCLSPR 94.05) requires completion of an approved parenting seminar by all parties involved in a family law case requiring a parenting plan or residential schedule for minor children. This includes dissolutions, modifications of custody, nonparental custody and establishment of residential schedules, but does not apply to modification cases based solely upon relocation.
- Access details regarding the approved Impact on Children parenting seminars
Parenting Investigator Retainer & Order Appointing Guardian Ad Litem - Not Filed
A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) was previously authorized on your case, but something is missing and the GAL has not been appointed to begin the work.
- The Who, What and How of Pierce County's Guardian ad Litem program.
- Learn the definition of guardian ad litem / parenting investigator in a family law case.
- GAL 26.09 Registry - Find a listing of the approved Pierce County Guardians ad Litem, with links to their resumes.
Washington State Patrol Background Check
Pierce County local court rule (PCLSPR 94.04(f)) requires the petitioner of a nonparental custody petition to obtain a WSP and CPS background check on themselves and all adult household members.
- Contact the Washington State Patrol to obtain the Washington State criminal history background check and file at the clerk's office with a cover sheet.
- You probably completed and filed a copy of the DCFS / CPS Consent form when you filed your petition. This would be a good time to check to see if the DSFS background form has been filed.