Each party in a divorce should have their own legal representation to protect their rights, because the process for dissolving a marriage involves many things: agreeing on property division, child support, and a parenting plan if needed, along with other legal issues.
Answers to Common Questions
- What is a “no-fault” divorce? Washington is a “no-fault” state, which means there is no need to assign blame or prove that the other spouse caused the failure of the marriage. For the divorce decree to be granted, only one spouse must believe and declare that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
- How long is the divorce process? The minimum waiting period for the court to finalize a divorce in Washington is 90 days. However, that is just the minimum—it likely will take longer if the couple disagrees on certain issues, which can lead to mediation and/or a trial.
- What is an “uncontested” divorce? This is a divorce in which the couple agrees on everything—how property should be divided, spousal support, the parenting plan, and child support.
- What is mediation? Mediation in a divorce occurs when a mediator or a trained neutral third party, often a lawyer or retired judge, is enlisted to help a couple reach agreement.
Even when couples agree on nearly everything associated with the divorce process, it is helpful to have an attorney review documents prior to signing. Bender Law can evaluate your agreements to ensure your rights are protected and help you determine if legal representation is warranted.