Divorce Resources

A Guide for the Bellingham & Whatcom County Communities and our Clients

Crisis Intervention

Washington Suicide & Crisis Hotlines
Information, including web links and phone numbers for suicide hotlines throughout Washington as well as national toll free 24 hour hotlines.

ULifeline
Mental health and crisis intervention information for college students with link to national toll free 24 hour hotline.

Domestic Violence/ Family Crisis Shelters

Womancare Shelter
Domestic violence shelter with 24 hour crisis hotline, as well as advocacy services and housing services for female victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Vilence & Sexual Asault Services of Whatcom County
24 hour crisis hotline offering a full spectrum of victim services, including crisis intervention, shelter, medical and legal advocacy, support services and prevention, education and offender treatment.

Counseling, Parent Education & Community Services

Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic
Non-profit clinic offering sliding-fee mental health services in Whatcom and surrounding counties.

Opportunity Counsel
Non-profit Community Action Agency assisting homeless and low-income families and individuals in learning to become self-sufficient through services that range from addressing immediate and crisis-oriented needs (food, emergency shelter, eviction-prevention) to longer-term programs that promote self-sufficiency.

Brigid Collins Family Support Center
Non-profit family support center with programs to prevent child abuse, teach parenting skills, improve family dynamics, reduce stresses within families, reunite parents and children, and provide other family support services.

Northwest Youth Services
Non-profit organization offering services to teens, including residential staffed safe home for run-away or homeless 13 to 17 year olds, life skill classes and other programs designed to reconnect youths with family and/or community.

Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Non-profit community-based organization providing medical, dental, behavioral health, nutritional, social and educational services to Washington residents without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexual preference or ability to pay.

Bellingham Whatcom County Housing Authorities
Local government agency that provides housing to low-income and working families, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Planned Parenthood
Non-profit sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate, with family planning services (including abortion).

Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic
Non-profit medical clinic providing pregnancy tests and pregnancy-related services – including relationship and parenting skills classes – to women, teens, and families. (This agency does not offer abortion services.)

Bellingham Food Bank
Non-profit organization supplying groceries to Bellingham families in need.

Legal Resources

Whatcom County Superior Court
Superior Court website, including forms, fee schedules and other resources applicable to Whatcom County.

Whatcom County Superior Court Residential Guidelines
Guidelines detailing children’s developmental needs and abilities, to assist in fashioning parenting plans that focus on the best interests of children.

Whatcom Collaborative Law Professonals
An association of independent attorneys trained in Collaborative Divorce. (Mr. Martin is one of its members.)

Law Advocates
Non-profit organization offering legal advice and referral to volunteer legal resources for low-income residents of Whatcom County.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services
Division of Child Support Enforcement

Washington state agency providing federally-mandated Child Support Collection Services.

Northwest Justice Project
Non-profit organization providing legal assistance and representation to low-income residents of the State of Washington (with office in Bellingham).

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Non-profit organization providing legal services to pursue and defend the legal status of low-income immigrants.

Unemployment Law Project
Non-profit organization providing free legal assistance and information to Washington residents who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is challenged.

Alcoholism & Related Issues

Alcoholics Anonymous
Provides 12-step groups and other support for those dependent on alcohol to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.

Al-Anon / Alateen
Assistance and self-help groups for family members of alcoholics. Alateen is for younger family members of alcoholics (typically teens), with meetings run by teens and guided by experienced Al-Anon members.

Sexual Abuse

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County
24 hour crisis hotline and a full spectrum of victim services in the community, including crisis intervention, shelter, medical and legal advocacy, support services and prevention, education and offender treatment.

Brigid Collins Family Support Center
Non-profit family support center with programs to prevent child abuse, teach parenting skills, improve family dynamics, reduce stresses within families, help reunite parents and children and provide other family support services.