Statistically, about half of all marriages end in divorce. The dissolution of a marriage is emotional, stressful, and time-consuming. A divorcing party can alleviate their stress by enlisting the help of a local legal professional.
If you are ready to dissolve your marriage, you should consult with an experienced Kitsap County divorce lawyer. A well-versed family law attorney at our firm could handle all matters related to your potential or pending divorce case.
Washington is a “no fault” state which means the only grounds for dissolving a marriage is that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Additionally, the court only requires that one party believes the marriage is beyond reconciliation to support a divorce.
In order to file a dissolution action in a particular county, one party must reside within that county. To file a divorce without children, there is no time limit one must reside in Washington or Kitsap County to file the initial action. However, if children are involved, the children must have resided in Washington for the previous 6 months or just moved to a new state where they have not yet resided for 6 months. There are also grounds under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act and the Service Member Civil Relief Act (for military personnel) that may be applicable. The best avenue is to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to determine the appropriate venue for filing.
Divorcing parties in our area must submit several forms to initiate the dissolution of their marriage. For instance, both parties must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, which addresses how they want to divide property, how much spousal support they need, and how they wish to allocate joint debts. If there are children, additional documents like a parenting plan and child support worksheet must also be filed. A knowledgeable attorney will ensure that a client’s legal documents and forms are properly filed and served.
The cost and length of a divorce can vary depending on several factors, such as whether the parties agree to the terms of their marriage dissolution. There are two types of divorces in Kitsap County: contested and uncontested. Regardless of the kind of divorce, it is important to retain a competent lawyer to protect your rights and negotiate on your behalf.
A contested divorce involves parties who cannot agree on how to resolve their marital issues. Consequently, these divorces often involve higher legal fees and longer proceedings. For instance, a contested divorce could include:
An uncontested case, on the other hand, involves spouses who do agree on the stipulations of their divorce, such as child support, division of property, and spousal maintenance. These divorces are typically less costly and less stressful because the parties agree on the issues. In many cases, a divorce begins contested and then becomes uncontested after a successful settlement negotiation with the help of a lawyer.
A divorcing party could improve their chances of obtaining a favorable outcome by working with a skilled Kitsap County divorce lawyer. A seasoned family law attorney from our firm would understand how to navigate complex laws and defend your rights in and out of court. Contact us today to schedule a meeting with a professional.
Jeniece LaCross, Attorney At Law