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The decision to divorce is something that most couples do not come to lightly. It can be very upsetting to everyone involved, but if children resulted from the marriage or there was debt, wealth, or the acquisition of property, it can complicate matters even further. The more you know about the divorce process the better you will be able to manage it and the less stress you will experience.

Contact Twyford Law Office by calling (509) 204-9993 or completing our online form. Our Spokane divorce attorneys have the experience and dedication you need to pursue a satisfactory resolution.

Filing Requirements

In order to obtain a divorce in Washington, these requirements must be met:

  • One spouse is a legal resident of the state of Washington or is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in Washington (as long as one spouse is a legal resident of the state, either spouse can file for divorce)
  • The spouse who is filing deems the marriage to be irretrievably broken
  • The 90-day waiting period has passed
  • The other spouse has been served the summons

Grounds for Divorce in Washington

Washington is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that the only grounds for divorce is “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.” In some states this is called “irreconcilable differences” and simply means that the marriage is broken and there is no hope of repairing it.

There are no other grounds for divorce in Washington, but it is a broad enough term that it can be applied to just about every situation.

Distinctions of the Court Case for Divorce

There are certain terms and particulars that are important to know when filing for divorce.

Terms you may hear include:

  • Petitioner – The spouse who initiates the divorce by filing the appropriate documents with the court.
  • Respondent – The spouse who did not initiate the divorce and did not file but received the documents through service.
  • Petition for Dissolution of Marriage – This is the document that is initially filed, where the petitioner asks the respondent for divorce and requests that the court grant it.
  • Decree of Dissolution of Marriage – This is the final document that a judge signs deeming the marriage to be dissolved.

Contested Divorce in Washington

Under Washington law, it is not necessary for both parties to the marriage to agree to a divorce. Even if one spouse does not want the divorce or protests it, the courts will still grant it. While some states have special provisions or procedures for a contested divorce, Washington does not.

Financial Disclosure

At some point between the initial filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage and the final decree of dissolution of marriage, both parties to the divorce must file a complete disclosure of all assets, income, and debts known as a Financial Declaration. Washington law requires this to be complete before the court grants a final decree of divorce. Divorcing spouses are encouraged to complete and exchange this information as early in the proceedings as possible in order to facilitate a more efficient and amicable settlement process.

Distribution of Property

Washington is a community property state, which means that any property, debt, and financial gain that was acquired during the marriage is to be equitably split among the parties to the divorce. The parties may agree on their own distribution of assets if they wish.

When deciding how the property will be divided, the judge will take into consideration:

  • The extent and nature of the community property
  • The extent and nature of the separate property
  • How long the couple was married
  • Each spouse’s economic circumstances at the time when the property division goes into effect

The end of a marriage is usually accompanied by strong emotions such as sadness, fear, and anger. Often, the parties are experiencing these emotions while they are trying to navigate the court system to obtain a divorce. In most cases, experts strongly recommend hiring a lawyer to help you work your way through the process to ensure that your interests are protected and your property division is handled correctly.

Contact Twyford Law Office: (509) 204-9993

At Twyford Law Office, our team of qualified, knowledgeable, and caring attorneys and staff will help you every step of the way as you go through your divorce. Contact us today and find out how we can help you get through your divorce and make the process a little less stressful. We care and we are here to help.

Client Testimonials

The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “Julia won consistently in court charging my opposing party with all the costs.”

    Linda
  • “Heartfelt thanks to kind and understanding staff.”

    Sharon K.
  • “There is life after divorce, but only if you choose the right attorney to secure your future.”

    Former Client
  • “I will never use anyone but Twyford Law and will always refer anyone I come across to them”

    Taylor N.
  • “We do thank God for Julie Twyford’s help and the judge for his consideration of our daughter’s plight.”

    Suzanne
  • “If it wasn’t for Julie, I may have lost my business and everything that I have hard for.”

    Greg
  • “If you are looking for results and not just lip service then look no further than Julie… I am so proud to call her my Attorney.”

    Jeremy
  • “Twyford Law sets the bar for other Law firms to chase.”

    Dave
  • “Julie has the knowledge, experience and expertise to guide any person through this difficult process.”

    Garret
  • “Julie and her entire office staff are fantastic and we will forever remember their help and kindness at our darkest hour.”

    Kay
  • “Julie and her firm are top notch.”

    Dan
  • “If you're looking for a lawyer, you have found the right one.”

    Alexandra H.
  • “I am so proud to call her my Attorney.”

    Jeremy
  • “Julie focuses on the best outcome for the children, and she will do anything in her power to insure their security.”

    Gary
  • “I strongly believe that due to Mrs. Twyford’s vast experience and knowledge of the law, we were able to win the case and I was able to keep my license, and my life.”

    Jeff

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  • Dealt with Thousands of Criminal Cases over the Years

  • Extensive Experience in High-Value Asset Cases

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  • Success in Highly Contested Custody & Divorce Cases

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Awards & Associations

  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney - Divorce
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Top 1% 2015
  • Spokane Attorneys For Equality