Divorce in Washington
Divorce involves the ending of a marriage and the division of property between spouses. Washington courts give spouses the flexibility to reach equitable property distributions of their own, but will step in when two people cannot agree on how the money, assets, valuables, and property they have collected during their marriage should be split.
To ensure an equitable divorce decision is reached, you need to know exactly what assets belong to the marriage, what debts have accrued, and what you and your former spouse’s financial needs are likely to be in the future. We can help you get these numbers in order, so you get the marital distribution you need. Call us at 253-236-4079 or submit an online contact form for a confidential no-cost consultation.
Washington Child Custody, Visitation, and Child Support
Who will have custody of the children, where they will live, and how they will be supported are often some of the most contentious issues in a divorce. Parents have strong opinions about how their children should be raised, and most parents genuinely try to have decent relationships with their children – which can be harder to maintain when the children and the parent no longer live under the same roof.
In Washington, courts focus on making child custody, child support, and visitation decisions in “the best interests of the child.” Many factors go into the consideration, like the children’s ages and state of health, where they currently live, their current relationships with each parent, and the parents’ abilities to provide for the child’s physical, emotional, and educational needs. Presenting evidence of these factors is key to securing the custody and support terms that are best for your children and for you.
Spousal support, also known as alimony, support, or maintenance, is used in some divorce cases to support a spouse with little education or resources until they can get the training or employment needed for self-support. While spousal support isn’t necessary in every divorce, a spouse may be entitled to it if he or she makes less than the other spouse, has been out of the workforce for many years, has relatively little education, or has a disability or other condition that limits his or her earning capacity.
A judge will also consider the length of the marriage when determining how long the alimony must be paid. If alimony is ordered it can range in time from a couple of months all the way to being on a permanent basis. Our family law attorneys can help you understand the alimony factors in your case and fight to get you the best possible outcome.