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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, and matters can be complicated even further if children resulted from the marriage, or there was debt, wealth, or the acquisition of property. 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 the family law team at Twyford Law Office by calling (509) 327-0777 or completing our online form. Our Spokane divorce attorneys have the experience and dedication you need to pursue a satisfactory resolution. We have helped many clients with family law cases in Washington state and would be happy to help you.
An experienced family law attorney can provide sound advice and help make the separation process less stressful for you. In certain circumstances, you should definitely consider retaining a lawyer. These include situations in which:
In order to obtain a divorce in Washington, these requirements must be met:
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.
There are certain terms and particulars that are important to know when filing for divorce.
Terms you may hear include:
Under state 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.
At some point between the initial filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage and the final decree of dissolution of marriage, both parties involved must file a complete disclosure of all assets, income, and debts. This is known as a Financial Declaration. State law requires this to be completed 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.
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 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 Spokane divorce lawyer to help you work your way through the process to ensure that your interests are protected and your property division is handled correctly.
Other matters that you may need help handling include child custody, child support, spousal support, and more. You can also learn about divorce alternatives, including annulment. The family law attorneys at Twyford Law Office can help you with any of these cases.
At Twyford Law Office, our team of qualified, knowledgeable, and caring Spokane divorce attorneys and staff will help you every step of the way as you go through your divorce. Our family law attorneys also have experience and skill in divorce mediation which may be beneficial for your case. Contact our law firm at (509) 327-0777 to find out how we can help you get through your divorce case in Spokane County and make the process a little less stressful. Our family lawyers care and are here to help protect your rights. We offer legal advice and free initial consultations.
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