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For most couples, the decision to seek a divorce, or dissolution of marriage, comes after a painful journey and careful consideration. If you are considering filing for divorce or have recently been served papers, the first step is to get answers to your questions. You need to inform yourself on how the process works, what your responsibilities are, and how to protect yourself.
If you reside in Spokane County or neighboring communities, we invite you to contact our firm to schedule a consultation. Our caring, qualified divorce attorneys can answer your basic questions and help you understand your rights based on your unique circumstances. Call Crouse Erickson today at 509-624-1380.
No two couples or cases are exactly alike, but the general process for dissolutions in Washington follows a basic pattern:
The requirements for divorce in Washington are basic and straightforward. The only two requirements are that:
Washington is also a no-fault state, which means you do not need to provide a specific reason for requesting a divorce or prove the other spouse did anything wrong. An “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” is sufficient grounds.
Divorce is one of the most challenging events of a person’s life. It is emotionally, mentally, and financially draining. The manner in which you handle the proceedings and, more importantly, the outcome of your divorce will impact your future for the long haul. It will dictate how much time you can spend with your children, the division of your property, and what types of future support payments you can expect, amongst other critical matters.
Because there is so much on the line, it makes good sense to have a knowledgeable divorce attorney counsel you and facilitate the process. Our attorneys are among the most experienced divorce litigators in the Spokane County area, as testified to by the Order of the Barristers Award for excellence in courtroom advocacy. Our attorneys are top rated by AVVO, have been selected as the “Top Attorney” in Spokane in divorce and custody by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Magazine, and have been selected as a “Top Attorney In North America” by Who’s Who Directories.” We understand the intricacies of divorce proceedings and know how to navigate complex issues.
All dissolution cases require the distribution of property and liabilities, establishing a parenting plan and child support if there are children of the marriage, and the entry of a decree, which legally ends the marriage. All parties must agree on these issues, which are challenging for many couples to resolve, before the court will finalize the divorce. (If couples are unable to come to an agreement, the court will draw up its own orders for the couple to follow.)
Though every divorce requires the same general procedures and documents, each case is unique. Many issues can arise during the process and intersect with other areas of the law, such as tax, real estate, domestic violence, health care, retirement and benefits, business evaluations and/or compensations, or wills and trusts. Our attorneys understand when and how these other laws intersect with your divorce proceeding and are experienced in handling these complex issues.
We can help negotiate for terms that are in your best interest and fight for the things that are most important to you. We can also collaborate with other professionals like tax professionals, social workers, appraisers, etc. on your behalf to collect important data and present the best case.
Family relationships are the most important influence on our personal lives. Our mission as a firm is to provide personalized client service that is attentive, understanding, and diligent throughout the entirety of your case. Our ultimate goal is to deliver highly successful legal results.
For over twenty years, we have represented thousands of clients in divorce proceedings, including mediation, negotiation, and/or litigation of all the issues that may arise in a divorce case, such as child custody, child support, business valuation, property division, or spousal maintenance.
Crouse Erickson is well equipped to answer any questions and handle all divorce matters, whether agreed or contested, straightforward or exceedingly complex. Call us today to see how we may be of service to you: 509-624-1380.