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Frequently Asked Questions for Family Lawyers

What are the legal recognized grounds for divorce in Washington?

The only grounds for a dissolution of marriage in the state of Washington is, “Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage.”  If the other party does not deny that the marriage is irretrievably broken then the court shall grant a divorce.

What does divorce mediation entail?

With divorce mediation, a mediator (or lawyer) will sit down with the two parties in order to negotiate terms of divorce including child custody, child support, spousal support and visitation.  The divorce mediator will act as an un-biased middle-man with the purpose of facilitating discussions and resolutions regarding the divorce.  Divorce mediation is usually only used in cases where the divorce is amicable and where the couple is comfortable coming to a mutual agreement about the terms of their divorce.

Is there such a thing as legal separation in Washington?

Washington offers the option of legal separation in lieu of divorce if the filing party requests it.  As long as the other party does not object or petitions for a complete divorce, a legal separation will be granted.

How long must I have lived in Washington before I am able to file for divorce?

Any individual who is a legal resident of Washington, a member of the armed forces and is stationed in Washington, or is married to a party who is a resident of Washington or who is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in the state may file for divorce in Washington.

What waiting periods are there for divorce?

At least ninety days must elapse from the date the petition was filed and served upon the respondent before the Court may grant a divorce.

What is spousal support?

Spousal support is money paid by one spouse to the other following a separation or divorce.  Not all spouses are eligible to receive spousal support, so it will help to speak with a Seattle family law attorney to determine if this is an option for you.

If you have further questions regarding a family legal matter, contact a Seattle family lawyer today!

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