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What is a Washington "Uncontested Divorce"?A Washington State uncontested divorce is really nothing more than a negotiated or an amicable divorce. It is where you and your spouse sit down and agree in advance on all of the critical issues regarding your divorce. After you agree, our Washington State uncontested divorce lawyers handle everything else.
The key is that you and your spouse remain in control of your divorce and its final terms, NOT the courts. Let us handle everything else. We take the guesswork out of you Washington uncontested divorce. You tell us what you want, we make it happen.
Rather than letting some judge arbitrarily decide how to divide your property and debts and how much time you and your spouse should spend with your children, you make all of the important decisions about how to end your marriage.
Indeed, one of the most important and empowering parts of this process is that you and your spouse retain the power to decide how your marriage should end. You remain in charge of your life, and you decide how to move forward from here. Your job is to fill out our simple and easy to follow questionnaire. Our job is to handle everything else.
Why pursue a Washington State uncontested divorce?Actually, there are many reason. But the most important is probably because you and your spouse remain in charge of your own lives and in charge of all of the critical decisions regarding your divorce. You retain control of how your marriage ends, not some randomly assigned judge who barely knows either you or your family.
You decide what is fair and reasonable. You decide what is best for you and your spouse. You decide how you are going to divide your debts and assets. You decide who is going to keep what furniture and other property. You decide who is going to stay in the house and who is going to leave.
If children are involved, you decide how you are going to divide your parenting responsibilities, and you decide how you are going to share residential visitation throughout the calendar year. You decide what is best for your children, and whether you and your spouse should be ordered to pay for their college education.
A Washington uncontested divorce is by far the simplest, smartest and least expensive way to end your marriage. It's also the most intelligent. Pursuing this path will typically also save you thousands and thousands of dollars while allowing you avoid the emotional and psychological turmoil of traditional litigation.
Think about it for a minute. If you and your spouse are still able to effectively communicate, work together and negotiate an uncontested divorce, why would you even consider any other option?
Is an uncontested divorce completely valid and fully enforceable? Yes!
Yes. We are often asked about the validity and enforceability of an uncontested divorce that is filed in Lincoln County. An uncontested divorce that is handled through our offices is legally binding, completely valid, and fully enforceable.
The final orders that we prepare for our uncontested divorce clients, including the final Decree of Dissolution, are exactly the same in every critical respect as those obtained from a contested divorce.
The bottom line is that you have options. There is no need to spend a ridiculous amount of money fighting over pots and pans. If you and your spouse are on good terms and can agree on all of the critical issues in your divorce, then pursuing this path is clearly your best move.Choosing to pursue a Washington State uncontested divorce means that you remain in control of how your marriage ends. You decide how to divide your personal property. And, more importantly, you decide what is in the best interests of your children.
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Is a Washington Uncontested Divorce complicated?
The answer to this question is really both yes and no. Any divorce action requires that specific statutory and procedural requirements be met. In Washington State, all divorces must meet the statutory requirements found of the Revised Code of Washington (the "R.C.W.").
The primary section of the R.C.W. that deals with divorce law, whether contested or uncontested, is Chapter 26. In order for your final Decree of Dissolution to be valid, it must contain specific language and meet the procedural requirements of R.C.W. Chapter 26.
If there are children, real property, or significant assets and debts involved, it is critical that the final orders be properly prepared and reviewed by an experienced Washington divorce lawyer. It is much easier to ensure that the final orders are properly prepared initially than it is to try to have a judge modify them once they are entered.
Ambiguous language in uncontested divorce decrees that are not properly drafted can become a big problem down the road. They can create uncertainty and confusion. Making sure that the final orders are properly drafted from the beginning also protects you from improper actions by your spouse both before and after you are divorced.
Our divorce lawyers have handled hundreds of uncontested divorces for clients throughout Washington State and around the world. Put our knowledge, experience, and resources to work for you.
How do I know if I qualify?
With very few exceptions, we can divorce almost anyone in Washington State who either lives here or who has a spouse that lives here through an uncontested divorce. This is true regardless of whether you or your spouse live in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Vancouver, Spokane or Yakima. Only one of you needs to live here or have "domicile" or "residency" here in Washington.
Additionally, if you or your spouse are in the military and are stationed anywhere in our state, you probably also qualify. As a practical matter, over 99% of all people currently residing in Washington State qualify to pursue an uncontested divorce.
There are no specific time requirements for residing in Washington prior to pursuing an uncontested divorce unless you have children.
If you have children, it is best if they have lived here for at least six months prior to pursuing a divorce. Otherwise, there could be an issue as to whether Washington has jurisdiction over them. If you fall into this category, please give us a call to discuss your case in more detail.
The only other significant requirement to pursuing and uncontested divorce is that you and your spouse agree on all of the terms of your divorce. Obtaining an uncontested divorce is something that every divorcing couple should strongly consider. In many instances, the only people who benefit from traditional divorce litigation are the attorneys.
Can I pursue and uncontested divorce in Washington State if my spouse and I have been married for many years and we have significant assets?
Absolutely. Many of our clients come to us with initial assumption that because they have been married for a number of years or because they have significant assets, they must pursue a contested divorce.
Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. The length of your marriage or the assets that you and your spouse have accumulated are irrelevant. Again, the only requirement is that you and your spouse must agree on all of the critical terms of your divorce.
When considering who to hire to assist you with your WA uncontested divorce, it is important to consider whether they have resources and the experience to properly ensure that the final orders in your case are tailored to meet your specific needs.
Our lawyers have this experience. We are also able to fully advise you of the legal consequences and the future ramifications of your final orders. This is part of your flat fee.
Our experienced lawyers have the knowledge and the skills to handle any Washington uncontested divorce, regardless of its complexity. Call not to get started.
Will I Need To Appear In Court?
One of our most frequently asked questions is whether or not a Washington uncontested divorce will require any court appearances. This depends on which option you choose.
For example, if you prefer to have your uncontested divorce filed at the King County Courthouse in Seattle or Kent, then you will need to make at least one court appearance with one of our attorneys.
Most of our clients, however, choose to file their uncontested divorce in Lincoln County, Washington because it has the same legal effect as any other divorce decree. If your uncontested divorce is filed in Lincoln County, then there are NO MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCES NECESSARY.
An uncontested divorce is an amicable divorce. It allows you and your spouse to end your marriage on peaceful terms through a negotiated resolution saves both time and month. A Washington uncontested divorce is by far the simplest, easiest, least painful, and least expensive way to obtain a WA divorce decree.
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Obtaining an uncontested divorce in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Olympia and throughout Washington State is easier than you might think. Our Washington uncontested divorce attorneys make the process simple and straightforward. We work with you every step of the way. And, if you have any questions, one of our experienced divorce lawyers is just a phone call way.How long will my WA State Uncontested Divorce take to complete from start to finish?
Right now, we are completing our uncontested divorce cases in about 110 to 120 days from start to finish, including the mandatory 90-day waiting period. Washington State divorce law precludes parties from finalizing their divorce until at least 90 days have elapsed from the date of the filing of their initial Petition for Dissolution. Don't wait until things blow up and you find yourself heading into court for a temporary motions hearing and traditional divorce litigation.
Your divorce can be as simple or as complex as you and your spouse decide to make it to be. But you have options. You have a choice.
Call now to learn how we can help you keep control of your divorce and your life.
The lawyers and attorneys who will handle your are employed by the Law Offices of Jason S. Newcombe. We provide legal advice and services for people seeking an uncontested resolution to their divorce or family law matter to residents of communities throughout the Seattle, Washington, metropolitan region, including communities in the Puget Sound area of Western Washington such as Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Kirkland, Bothell, Redmond, Shoreline, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Burien, Renton, Seatac, Tukwila, Kent, Des Moines, Auburn, Federal Way, Bremerton, North Bend and Bainbridge Island.