Family Court

Honorable Charnelle M. Bjelkengren 

  • Courtroom 303, Family Law Judge

Honorable Annette S. Plese

  • Courtroom 301, Family Law Judge

Superior Court Commissioners

  • Family Law Center, Room 200, 509-477-5702
  • Honorable Tami M. Chavez, Room 306
  • Honorable Nichole Swennumson, Juvenile Court
  • Honorable Kevin Stewart, Room 200
  • Honorable Michelle Ressa, Room 200
  • Honorable John Stine, Court Administrator's Office
  • Honorable Tony M. Rugel, Room 200
  • Honorable Julia Pelc, Court Administrator's Office
  • Honorable Jacquelyn High-Edward, Room 304
Dissolution of Marriage Video

Family Law Responsibilities

  • Family Law / Domestic Relations Matters include:
    • Dissolution/Legal Separation/Invalidity of a Marriage
    • Modification of Custody/Parenting Plan
    • Modification of Child Support Order
    • Establishment of Parentage (Paternity)
    • Non-parental (Third Party) Custody
  • Ex Parte Court
  • Civil Commitment

Family Law Coordinator

The Family Law Coordinator coordinates all Court calendars, schedules and case management issues for the 8 Court Commissioners.

Family Court Facilitator

The Family Court Facilitator facilitates to empower Pro Se individuals with necessary instructions, forms, and efforts necessary to participate with the Family Court.

Children's Waiting Room

The Children's Waiting Room is a free drop-in childcare program available to residents of Spokane County attending to business on the Spokane County Courthouse campus.

Daily Court Room Assignments

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