For more than 20 years, the Bains Law Firm has been serving clients in Federal Way, Washington for a variety of family law matters.
Washington is a no-fault divorce state. This means that the state does not allow a spouse to claim any reason for the end of a marriage, other than the marriage is “irretrievably broken”. Below are a few basics about the divorce process in Washington.
The Petition: A divorce action is started by filing a Summons and Petition for divorce with the Court and serving copies on the other party (spouse). Filing a Petition requests that the Court dissolve the marriage, divide the property and debts, or additionally establish a parenting plan and support as necessary. This first step is necessary for the Court to grant you a divorce.
Final Divorce Order (Dissolution Decree): The final divorce order is the final document granting a dissolution of the marriage and sets forth the final terms for all issue of the marriage; such as property, debts, residence with the children, etc. Before the final divorce order can be granted, 90 days must pass from the time the petition was filed. There are three ways a final divorce order can be granted after the 90-day period has passed.
1. A default is entered against the other party who has failed to respond.
2. The parties have reached an agreement and have signed the final papers.
3. The parties have gone to trial and a judge made a ruling and entered the decree.
The divorce process can be emotionally difficult and complex. Decisions made about each step of the litigation can affect you for many years. We have years of experience helping our clients through the difficulty of divorce and can help you through the process. Contact us today at (253) 838 – 3377 or email at Office@bainslawfirm.com, to talk about your divorce.