Washington Divorce Process
The divorce process starts with filing a Summons and Petition for Dissolution with the superior clerk of the county where you or your spouse lives and serving it on your spouse. There is a filing fee when you start and you must also give the Court identifying information. There may be other necessary documents, like a Proposed Parenting Plan if you have children, that you will need to file depending on your circumstances. To learn more about the specifics involved in starting the divorce process, consult with an experienced Washington divorce attorney today.
Beginning the Divorce Process
Service is vitally important because it starts count-down clocks with the court. Service means that some other adult gives your spouse the documents. This other adult must file a declaration with the court stating the date when he or she gave your spouse the documents. From this date, the court calculates how much time your spouse has to provide a Response to the Petition. The court also starts the countdown to 90 days, which is the minimum amount of time before you can file final documents.
In some situations, and particularly in divorces involving children, either or both spouses can ask for temporary orders, which usually address important matters like residential schedules for the minor children, child support, possession of the marital residence, and spousal support. Spouses can agree on these issues on a temporary basis, or the court will make a decision following a court hearing.
A divorce case doesn’t end until the judge signs a Decree of Dissolution. This happens after either you and your spouse reach an agreement about all issues related to your divorce or you endure a stressful, costly trial because your spouse won’t be reasonable. In the latter case, the judge will make a decision after hearing evidence about any issues that are in dispute.
Seeking Assitance For a Divorce
If you are seeking a divorce, our divorce attorneys can guide you through every step of the divorce process. We are here to answer your questions, both now and in the future, about divorce and all types of divorce-related issues, including residential time, child support, and orders related to property division. At Ashby Law, we have represented the interests of countless individuals throughout the divorce process.