While Washington does allow for contested dissolution proceedings, it is one of the states that understand that sometimes marriages or partnerships just come to an end. Most dissolved marriages occurring in the state are "no fault" divorces. In this type of proceeding, the petitioning party alleges that the martial bond is "irretrievably broken," and if the other party does not dispute the allegation, the judge will order the divorce after a 90-day waiting period.
In cases of no-fault divorce, remaining amicable with the other party can make the process easier and emotionally less difficult. Whenever possible, it is important for parties to communicate with one another about information that will be crucial to the divorce process. For example, knowing what the collective assets and individual sources of income are will be necessary for a court to order property division. Better yet, if the spouses can work out a property division on their own, it will help to make the divorce process smoother.
Perhaps most importantly, if the couple has children, coming to an agreement about custody, visitation and support without intervention of a judge or mediator can be less stressful for all parties involved. The court can later formalize whatever arrangements arrived at. Any orders regarding custody and support issues can usually be modified at a later date with agreement of the parties.
Even though both parties to a divorce may be proceeding amicably, the assistance of an experienced family law attorney can help to smooth out any bumps you encounter along the way. At the same time, a seasoned lawyer - like those at Hodgson Law Office - can help to draft any necessary court documents and agreements. Visit our web page dedicated to divorce and dissolution issues. This information can help you learn how we can help you.