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Divorce is a life-changing situation that impacts family members on many levels of their well-being. The law office of Lynda H. McMaken can provide legal counsel to help you all move through divorce and on to the rest of your life.
The Lynda H. McMaken firm specializes in Cordial Divorce ™ — “divorce for grownups” — which is handled primarily by attorney Heather Forrler. This is a non-contested, mutual representation approach to ending your couple status. For more information, contact Heather directly.
Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQs, about common issues related to divorce:
Please consider your children number one during this process.
CHILDREN BENEFIT WHEN PARENTS:
Dissolution of marriage is the name for divorce in the court system. “Dissolution” is frequently used in place of dissolution of marriage.
To qualify for a dissolution in Washington state, you must meet the following conditions:
If you meet the above conditions, the court will grant a dissolution whether your spouse agrees or not. Your spouse can fight about other issues, including custody of children, visitation of children, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony), and the division of property and debts. If there is a fight over these or other issues, it may take more than 90 days before the dissolution is final.
The main difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that your marriage is not dissolved, so neither party can legally remarry unless the decree is first converted to a decree of dissolution. However, if either spouse wants a dissolution instead of separation, the Court will grant a dissolution. Another difference is that a legal separation does not affect how the Social Security Administration figures out benefits. The significant similarity is that the same issues are addressed, including parenting plan, child support, and the division of property and debt.
Not less than six months after the decree of legal separation is signed by the judge, you or your spouse may ask the Court to convert the separation to a dissolution.
A request for dissolution will not be affected by pregnancy. A judge cannot deny or delay the decree of dissolution of a marriage based on the sole reason that the wife is pregnant.
You may ask the court to waive (not require you to pay) the filing fee. To ask for the waiver, you must file a Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis. Be sure to check with the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where you want to file your Petition for Dissolution to find out if they require a special form for the Motion. The Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis must be filed and the Order signed before you can file for dissolution.
The decree of dissolution sets forth the status of the relationship: dissolved. If the court has the jurisdiction (see below), the decree will also set forth the division of property and debts, any spousal maintenance, any name changes, enter restraining orders or an order of protection if needed, set custody and visitation for minor children, and set child support.
The decree of separation sets forth the status of the relationship: legally separated. If the court has the jurisdiction (see below), the decree will also set forth the division of property and debts, any spousal maintenance, any name changes, enter restraining orders or an order of protection if needed, set custody and visitation for minor children, and set child support.
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