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Regardless of the reason that has led you to decide to dissolve your marriage, going through the divorce process can be stressful and overwhelming. At Groves Law Offices, we know that you and your family are likely feeling emotional, especially if you have children with your spouse. Seeking the services of a skilled and caring divorce attorney in Tacoma is in your best interests to complete the process in a less stressful manner. Our firm has over three decades of combined experience helping individuals like yourself successfully get through all types of divorce cases.

To learn about how we can assist with your case, reach out to our firm today at (253) 210-2008. Call now for a free consultation with a Tacoma divorce lawyer.

What You Can Expect From Our Tacoma Divorce Attorney

Having dealt with many various divorce cases over the years, we have come to understand that each situation is unique. As such, our attorneys know how to apply customized legal care combined with extensive legal skill and a touch of compassion. With the help of our divorce lawyers, you will have the opportunity to focus on healing while we provide you with one-on-one attention and take care of the legal process. Our divorce lawyers handle matters such as:

  • Alimony- Spousal maintenance payments serve to equalize the financial position of both parties in a divorce.
  • Child custody - Determining custody for a child is an emotional battle, our child custody lawyers are both experienced and compassionate to help you with your case.
  • Child support - Financial payments to the other party who is in custody of the child after a divorce. Child support is a legal obligation by state law to support their child if they are not in custody.
  • Property distribution - After couples divorce, their first thought usually is their assets. The court will help distribute assets (money, house, cars, etc.) and debts.
  • Domestic violence- If you have been physically hurt or feel like your life is being threatened in a marriage relationship or a romantic relationship, you need to seek a restraining order right away.
  • Modifications - If you are under burden after a divorce and need to modify divorce terms, our divorce attorneys in Tacoma can help you with your case.
  • Visitation - If you do not have custody of your child, you do have visitation rights. If there are issues or concerns have our Tacoma divorce attorney help you identify your rights.

Grounds for Divorce in Washington State

When it comes to divorce or dissolution of marriage, the only grounds necessary is the fact that there is an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage”. This means that one spouse in the marriage believes that marriage cannot be saved. Washington state does not require proof against that the other spouse is “at fault” for the breakdown of the marriage.

How to File for Divorce in Washington State

Note that there is a residency requirement before filing your petition (your formal request for divorce). You or your spouse must currently live in Washington. If your situation involves military divorce, you or the spouse may be stationed in Washington.

  • File a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage - If you (the “petitioner”) are seeking a divorce, you must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This is served to the other spouse (the “respondent”). The respondent has 60 days to reply (in writing) to the petition.
  • Decree of Dissolution - If the respondent agrees to the petition, the court will enter what is called a “decree of dissolution”. If the respondent does not agree, the court will review all factors in the case, including the circumstances leading up to the filing of the petition and the chances the couple can reconcile.
  • Settlement - Once both parties have come to agreements on their issues between attorneys or mediation, your attorney can draft a marital settlement agreement. Both parties will sign and file the final agreement.

Everything depends on the court’s ruling. They may rule in favor, dismiss the petition, or refer the couple to family court and counseling.

How long does divorce take in Washington?

Be aware that there is a 90-day waiting period before the court can issue a divorce decree. This means the petitioner must file and serve the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage to the other spouse for 3 months before the court can issue a divorce decree. If the other spouse does not agree, the waiting period can last even longer.

Costs Associated with Divorce in Washington

Divorces accrue charges throughout every step of the process. Depending on the needs of a given case, Washington couples could anticipate spending money on:

  • Attorney fees
  • Child custody evaluator costs
  • Filing fees
  • Final hearing fees
  • Financial analyst costs
  • Mediator fees

While the grand total will vary based on the complexity of the couple’s case, a typical contested divorce costs between $10,500 and $12,000. The cost rises significantly with each point of contention, as any disagreements result in further need for legal intervention.

Couples who are able to pursue an uncontested divorce spend an average of $3,800 to $4,300 on the process.

Start a Free Review with a Divorce Attorney in Tacoma (253) 210-2008

During a divorce, you may experience all types of feelings: emotional turmoil to doubt. At Groves Law Offices, our attorneys are here to support you every step of the way. From answering your questions to ensuring you understand your legal options, you can rely on us to protect your rights and your best interests. We truly care about you as our client and want to give you all of the resources you need to make well-informed decisions on your family's behalf.

Contact our firm now at (253) 210-2008 to schedule a free case evaluation with Tacoma, WA divorce lawyers.

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