It is one of the most impactful decisions you will ever make, especially if there are minor children in the home. Please give it careful consideration. In Washington state divorce is officially called “dissolution of marriage”. Note that common law marriage is not recognized by the court system. However, it is important to note that a court may divide up property acquired during a relationship when it finds that the partners have lived in a quasi-marital situation. Marriage between partners of the same sex is recognized in Washington, as are Domestic partnerships. Either may be dissolved with the same process as a marriage dissolution.
Here is some of what you may expect. The court will consider all of the family’s liabilities as well as its assets, whether owned separately or acquired during the marriage as community property. Their task is to be “fair and equitable,” which does not necessarily translate into “equal”. One of the spouses (partners) may be required to pay maintenance (alimony). And perhaps most importantly, the dependent children will have residency and visitation decisions made on their behalf.
All of this is stressful enough. To go into the process without a trained veteran family law lawyer on your side is just plain folly. In the Seattle area the right choice is Bellevue, WA divorce attorney Lyle M. Clark Jr. For more than 35 years he has dealt with all matters of Washington state family law. Begin this important process in your life by calling Lyle at (425) 452-3092.