In the state of Washington, divorce is formally called a “dissolution of marriage.” Since Washington is a “no-fault” divorce state, there is no need to prove that the other spouse is responsible for the failure of the marriage. Under state law, only one spouse needs to believe that the union is beyond repair in order to have their petition for divorce granted.
You must file for divorce in the county in which you and/or your partner reside. Washington’s minimum waiting period for a divorce is 90 days (i.e. three months). The clock starts running as soon as the petition for divorce is filed and presented to the other party.
A Washington judge will attempt to divide all assets and liabilities in a fair and equitable manner. Keep in mind, however, that this doesn’t necessarily mean the division will be equal. The judge will also determine whether one spouse will be required to pay spousal support (i.e. alimony) to the other party. Lastly, the court will establish a visitation schedule for minor children and establish the amount of child support required (if applicable).
Divorce is difficult, no doubt, but there’s no need to make the process harder on yourself by forgoing the opportunity to work with an experienced family attorney. Having represented Spokane County families since 1989, Stanley A. Kempner Jr. Attorney at Law has the insight and skill set necessary to secure the outcome you deserve.