1111 Columbia Way, Suite 246, Vancouver, WA 98660 | admin@cowlitzgroup.com

2512 East Evergreen Blvd – 1142
Vancouver, WA 98661 | info@cowlitzgroup.com

Family Law

a little happy sweet girl 2 3 years old walks with 2022 11 15 10 06 36 utc min

Child Visitation in Washington State

Child visitation is an important issue that arises in cases involving divorce, legal separation, or the establishment of paternity. In Washington State, child visitation is governed by specific statutory guidelines that take into account the best interests of the child. In this write-up, we will discuss child visitation statutes in Washington State, what the court looks at in making decisions, and provide supporting case law to illustrate our expertise in this area of law.

Child Visitation Statutes in Washington State

In Washington State, child visitation is governed by RCW 26.09.191. This statute establishes the rights of both parents to have continuing and frequent contact with their child, unless the court finds that such contact would be detrimental to the child’s best interests. The statute provides for a parenting plan that outlines the terms of visitation, including the frequency and duration of visits, as well as any restrictions or limitations.

AdobeStock 457826966
AdobeStock 404112505 min

What the Court Looks at in Making Decisions

When making decisions about child visitation, the court will consider a variety of factors. Some of the most important factors include:

  • The age and developmental stage of the child;
  • The child’s relationship with each parent;
  • The quality of the relationship between the parents;
  • Each parent’s ability to provide for the child’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs;
  • Any history of domestic violence or abuse;
  • The child’s preferences, if the child is of sufficient age and maturity to express a preference;
  • Any other relevant factor that may affect the child’s best interests.

How Our Firm Can Help?

At our law firm, we have extensive experience in handling child visitation cases in Washington State. Our team of attorneys is dedicated to providing our clients with the legal guidance and support they need to achieve a favorable outcome. We understand that every child visitation case is unique, and we work closely with our clients to develop a customized legal strategy that meets their specific needs.

judge hammer 2210x1473 1


In conclusion, child visitation is an important legal issue that requires careful consideration of the child’s best interests and the circumstances of both parents. If you are in need of legal assistance with a child visitation case, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm for a consultation. We have a deep understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding child visitation in Washington State, and can provide effective legal representation to help you achieve your goals. With our experience and expertise, you can be confident that you are in good hands.

Your Case Will Be Well Represented

Other Services


Wills, Trust, Estate Planning & Probate

Bankruptcy Law

Elder Law

Family Law

Criminal Law

Commercial Litigation



Translate »

Pin It on Pinterest