Olympia Lawyers Handling Contested Divorces

Couple sitting together and reading documentsFew things are as difficult as the end of a marriage. Ending a relationship can result in disappointment, depression, anxiety, anguish, and other negative feelings. These negative feelings often become worse when the spouses cannot agree as to how their affairs should be resolved or how they should go their separate ways. While, understandably, you likely wish for the matter to end quickly so that you may move on with your life, it is important that you take steps to protect your long-term interests. Failing to do so can result in ongoing financial difficulties, a strained relationship with your children, and more. Our Olympia contested divorce lawyers understand that this is an important time in your life. We pride ourselves on providing a high level of service and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with an attorney. We also serve Tacoma, and other Washington areas.

Divorce lawyers providing quality representation to those in Olympia and other Washington areas

Washington is a “no fault” divorce state. This means that one spouse does not need to show that the other was “wrong” in order to be granted a divorce. Instead, our state will grant the end of a marriage on the grounds that the relationship is “irretrievably broken.” Unlike many other states, Washington does not require a spouse to have lived here prior to filing a divorce action. A spouse needs only 1) reside within our state, 2) be a member of the armed services stationed in our state, or 3) be married to a resident or to a member of the armed services stationed in our state at the time that they file their initial Petition. Our state also has a ninety day “cool down” period, meaning that the Court may not enter a final Dissolution Decree until ninety days after the initial Petition has been filed and served on the responding party.

The first step in the process is to file a Petition for Divorce (Dissolution) with the Court. This is a formal document which must contain specific details about the parties, the marriage, the children of the parties, and the proposed terms for the divorce. The Petition will be served on the other spouse (the “responding party”), who then files a response.

If the parties cannot agree on a temporary arrangement regarding the parties’ finances, living arrangement, or a parenting plan addressing child custody, the next step is to file a Motion for Temporary Family Law Order to ask the Court to decide what the temporary arrangement should be. The Court will hold a hearing and issue an order putting a temporary arrangement in place.

If the parties cannot agree to the final terms of the divorce, the Court will hold a trial at which it will hear evidence and issue a Divorce Order (Dissolution Decree) which sets out the final arrangement. In preparation for the trial, each side will obtain evidence from the other side through a process called “discovery.” Evidence obtained through discovery may be used at the trial.

Litigating such matters can be quite complicated. It is strongly suggested that you retain an experienced attorney to assist you.

Our Olympia divorce lawyers work to provide the highest quality representation. We will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation and to help you understand your options. We will file your initial Petition, along with a request for temporary orders and relief, as soon as possible. These orders will address matters such as spousal support, child support, a parenting plan (residential schedule and child custody), possession of the family home, and other crucial issues. We will continuously work to settle the matter while also ensuring that your case is prepared for trial. Our firm will conduct discovery into your spouse’s finances, obtain any necessary communication records, etc. If a settlement cannot be reached, then we will ensure that your case is prepared for trial and will protect your rights throughout the process. We understand that this is a serious time in your life. We will give your case the attention it deserves.

Divorce attorneys staying in regular communication during the handling of Olympia or Tacoma divorces

We understand that divorce represents a difficult time in your life. It is important that you have a lawyer that keeps you up to date as to the status of your case. Our attorneys promptly respond to emails, quickly return phone calls, and ensure that your questions are timely answered. We take pride in the level of service we provide, and this is our promise in every case we handle.

Our firm also serves the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, Chehalis, the King County cities of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.