When you file for divorce in the state of Washington, your divorce is either contested or uncontested. In a contested divorce, you and your spouse doesn’t agree on some or all issues, and in an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse are in agreement about all issues related to your divorce.
You are more likely to have an uncontested divorce if you have fewer issues to disagree about with your spouse. For instance, if you and your spouse were only married for a few years, don’t own any real estate, and don’t have minor children together, there may be very few items for resolution in your divorce. In cases such as these, you and your spouse may be able to enter into a written agreement that resolves all issues related to your divorce, submit it to the court for approval, and get divorced without ever setting foot inside a courtroom. This would be an example of a completely uncontested divorce.
On the other hand, if you and your spouse have been married for a significant period of time, share minor children, own property such as real estate and retirement accounts , and/or owe significant debts, such as mortgages, credit card bills, and student loans, then your divorce is much more likely to be contested. With so many important issues to resolve during a very emotional time, it is not uncommon for a couple to be unable to resolve some of these issues on their own.
Whether you are involved in a contested or uncontested divorce, the process can be difficult. Ending a marriage is never easy. At Ashby Law, we know how stressful, emotional, and downright draining divorce proceedings can be. If you are facing a divorce, you need the advice and guidance of an attorney with a background in divorce and family law issues. Contact our office today, schedule a meeting with an experienced Washington divorce attorney at Ashby Law, and learn how we can help you with your divorce case.