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Family Guardian Ad Litem Applicants Information

RCW 26.12.175 is the Washington State law that governs appointment of guardians ad litem in domestic relations proceedings.  RCW 26.12.175(1)(a) provides that, “The court may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the interests of a minor or dependent child when the court believes the appointment of a guardian ad litem is necessary to protect the best interests of the child in any proceedings under this chapter.”  The role of the guardian ad litem is to investigate and report factual information to the court concerning parenting arrangements of the child and to represent the child’s best interests. 

All guardians ad litem appointed under this title must comply with the training requirements set out by Washington law.  Cowlitz County Superior Court complies with all applicable laws for developing and maintaining a registry of qualified guardians ad litem including an annual review of qualifications. 


If you are interested in being considered for the Title 26 Registry, you are encouraged to review the following materials and submit all applications materials to the Cowlitz County Superior Court Administration. You can hand deliver or mail your application to:

Superior Court Administration, 312 SW First Avenue, Suite 250, Kelso, WA 98626.

If you have additional questions, please contact Superior Court Administration directly at (360) 577-3085.

Materials to review that will assist you in the application process are as follows:

If you are planning to apply to the registry, you must submit the following:

  • a completed application (attached above),
  • a current Washington State Patrol criminal history check (w/in last two weeks-fee for this is at applicants own expense- WATCH Overview - Washington State Patrol),
  • Provide current copy of driver’s license, and
  • a copy of your Title 26  GAL training certificate. 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a guardian ad litem.

 ***If you haven’t attended the State required Title 26 GAL training, you will need to attend such a training as approved by the Office of the Administrator of the Courts (Click link for more information). 

The training that we are aware of is through Kitsap County. More information is available at this link:

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Superior Court Administration Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
KELSO, WA 98626
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