Washington State ‘No Fault’ Divorce Laws
Under Washington law, a divorce is referred to as ‘dissolution of marriage.’ Under Chapter 26.09 of the Revised Code of Washington, a couple can file for a dissolution of marriage in the court where one or both spouses currently reside. Washington is considered a no-fault divorce state, meaning a marriage can be considered irretrievably broken without indicating either party as being at fault. The marriage may have been irretrievably broken for any number of reasons, including a lack of communication, constant bickering or fighting, alienation of affection, or adultery. While any of these are valid reasons for a marriage to fail, the court will not consider these issues in entering a judgment for dissolution of the marriage. This system is in place to aid couples in ending marriages without the bitterness and acrimony that comes from having to lay blame for the marriage’s failure.
Legal Considerations in Divorce Proceedings
While there may not be a need for arguments over who is to blame for the failure of the marriage in order to get a divorce, there are often other factors surrounding the marriage which give rise to disagreements and disputes. The Washington State Bar Association outlines several items that are commonly contested issues in divorce proceedings. These include:
- Spousal Support or Alimony
- Child Support, Custody and Visitation
- Division of Marital Property and Assets
- Division of Marital Bills and Debts
- Tax and Insurance Consequences
At the Law Firm of David G. Kontos, our experienced divorce attorney understands the legal considerations and lasting ramifications that can result from contested issues in divorce cases. Our clients benefit from the wealth of experience we bring to each and every case, as well as our passion in ensuring our client’s rights and assets are protected.
Contact an Experienced Washington State Divorce Attorney Today
Even the most uncomplicated and equitable divorce proceedings require careful legal consideration. Contact our experienced King County divorce attorney to make sure your rights are protected and that you receive the divorce settlement you are entitled to. At the Law Firm of David G. Kontos, our attorney will guide you through every step of your divorce proceedings, ensuring you get the caring and effective legal representation you deserve. Our Kent, WA office serves clients in Seattle, Des Moines, Covington, and throughout the entire King County area. Call us today at 253-859-3966 for a consultation.