Not every marriage is “till death do us part.” Big issues can often drive a couple apart like infidelity. In other cases, the couple simply grows apart over time. In Washington, it doesn’t matter why your marriage ended – all divorces are “no fault” divorces. In addition to citing “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” as the reason for your divorce, you must have lived in the state for at least 90 days to file your divorce petition.
As divorce lawyers in Tacoma, our aim is to work within the context of Washington divorce law to ensure that our clients know and exercise their rights through every step of the divorce process. Our clients’ success is our success. A successful divorce settlement is one where all parties come away from the process with arrangements that suit their needs.
We Want you to Agree with your Spouse – It’s Easier for Everyone
In Washington, divorcing couples are encouraged to negotiate themselves to divorce settlements they agree on. A divorce settlement can include some or all of the following components:
- A property division order. Washington is a community property state, which means both partners have the same right to all of the couple’s marital assets. Although you have equal rights to your assets, the court may divide them equitably, rather than equally, which means each partner gets a share based on his or her personal needs;
- A parenting plan. If you have minor children, your divorce settlement will include a parenting plan developed to fit their best interest;
- A child support order. Using a state formula, the court determines an appropriate amount of money for one spouse to pay the other to help cover child-related expenses; and
- A spousal support order. In some cases, it is fair for one spouse to pay the other for a specified period of time following their divorce to prevent him or her from facing financial hardship.
We’re On your Side
You hire a Tacoma divorce lawyer for yourself, not for you and your spouse to share. Although our goal is to guide our clients toward mutually satisfying divorce settlements that work for them, their spouses, and their children, sometimes this just isn’t possible. When this is the case, we fight for our clients in court.
We are our clients’ advocates. As your advocate, your lawyer’s job includes:
- Informing you of the law and your rights;
- Helping you gather and use evidence to support your positions;
- Negotiating with your spouse’s lawyer to work out appropriate divorce settlement terms;
- Using evidence to refute incorrect claims made about you; and
- Advising you on how to proceed with your divorce. For example, if mediation isn’t working out, we might suggest that you litigate your divorce.
Work with the Tacoma Divorce Attorney Who Works for You
When you’re ready to end your marriage, you need an experienced divorce lawyer. Give our team at Alliance Law Group a call to set up your legal consultation in our office, where we’ve been helping Tacoma area families work through divorces and other legal issues since 1950. Don’t fret, and don’t wait to make the call – we’re here to answer any questions you have and help you move closer to your divorce settlement.