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When a marriage is irreparable, the process of divorce doesn’t have to be an all-out battle.
Many spouses do not want to subject themselves to the expense, emotional stress, and the time required to complete a litigated divorce.
Fortunately, there are other viable options to consider such as those explained below, including legal separation, mediation, or a collaborative divorce.
If you or a loved one is searching for an alternative to divorce, contact Twyford Law Office at (509) 327 0777 for a free consultation. We can help find a solution that is right for you and your family.
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Declaring a marriage invalid or in other words, an annulment, is an option for Washington couples if one of the following legal grounds can be met:
When a Washington court finds a marriage to be invalid, it is as if the marriage never took place.
The goal of divorce mediation is to amicably separate out a couple’s physical assets and decide what is best for the children. It can either be conducted using a court-supported Washington State Dispute Resolution Center (DRC), or conducted privately by working with divorce mediators.
Mediation is ideal for couples with good communication, and who are willing to end the marriage on mutually beneficial terms. The process can also prove productive for couples who feel negatively towards one another, as mediation can take place with each party in a separate room.
The mediator can then speak to each spouse individually and go back and forth. Mediators have the ability to help couples tackle issues such as the distribution of household tasks, parenting responsibilities, communication breakdowns and more.
A legal separation can be filed for in lieu of getting a divorce. Although the state of Washington does not require that a couple be legally separated before the dissolution of a marriage can be granted, there are many reasons why a couple may opt for it.
Oftentimes one or both spouses would like the time to see if a reconciliation can take place, divorce may be against their religious beliefs, or one may wish to remain on the other person’s health insurance.
From a practical standpoint, it is similar to being divorced, but the couple remains married in name.
An uncontested, or commonly referred to in Washington as a divorce by agreement, is available and is a less expensive option for couples who are able to agree on all issues. The following topics must be resolved prior to filing for an uncontested divorce action:
A 90-day waiting period is imposed on all divorce petitions by the state, beginning from the time the petition is served. When a divorce is uncontested, spouses can use that time to reach a settlement agreement.
No matter which divorce or alternative divorce solution you choose, we will do everything in our power to save you time, minimize conflict, and deliver cost-effective results.