Divorce Attorneys Abi Hernandez and Kawika Kaulukukui.

The end of a marriage is never easy, and unfortunately, the process to finalize a divorce can be emotionally demanding and exhausting. However, the only way out is through—and with the help of an experienced Washington divorce attorney, you can make this time as pain-free as possible.

Types of Divorce in Washington State

In Washington State, couples have options when it comes to filing for divorce. Firstly, they must decide whether to pursue an uncontested or contested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree on the terms of the divorce, facilitating a smoother legal process. Conversely, a contested divorce occurs when there are unresolved issues requiring court intervention.

Additionally, Washington State follows a “no-fault” divorce system, meaning that couples do not need to assign blame for the dissolution of the marriage. Instead, they must assert that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Grounds for divorce in Washington are not based on specific reasons like infidelity or cruelty. Instead, the focus is on the breakdown of the marital relationship. This approach streamlines the divorce process and eliminates the need to prove fault, reducing potential conflict and litigation costs.

Dividing Your Assets and Debts

In Washington State, the division of assets and debts in a divorce follows the principle of equitable distribution. This means that the court aims to divide property and debts fairly and equitably, rather than necessarily equally. Community property includes assets acquired during the marriage, while separate property typically consists of assets owned before the marriage or received as gifts or inheritances. Some factors that may affect the division of assets include:

  • The nature and extent of the community property;
  • The nature and extent of the separate property;
  • The duration of the marriage; and
  • The economic circumstances of each spouse at the time the division of property is to become effective.

Spousal Maintenance in Washington

Spousal maintenance is not awarded in every Washington divorce. Generally, the court looks to the need of the party requesting the spousal maintenance versus the ability to pay of the other party.  Since spousal maintenance is not assumed in a divorce, you will need to prove that it is a viable option in your case.

Divorce Decisions Regarding Children

Child custody and child support are major factors in any divorce involving children. We go into greater detail in other pages, but note that there are many options available to you and your ex-partner. It all depends on what is best for your children and what type of parenting time arrangement accommodates their needs. While this can be a sensitive and emotionally charged topic, we’re confident we can help you work through it.

Unique Divorce Situations and How We Can Help

At Wong Fleming, we understand that every divorce is different. Our diverse team is ready to handle any circumstances you may face during your split. We have experience assisting couples from different cultures, those seeking a divorce in the LGBTQ+ community, and those in non-traditional family structures.

Choose Wong Fleming—We’re Here for You

At Wong Fleming, we focus on helping each client get what they need out of their divorce. While this time may be one of the hardest you’ll ever experience, you’ll come out of it with new opportunities and a fresh outlook on life. Set up a consultation with our Washington divorce attorneys now by calling us at 425-869-4040.