Cost of Divorce In Washington State (2022)

This post has been updated.

While there’s no magic number that covers all, currentlythe average cost of divorce in Washington is roughly between $10,500-$12,000. With children, the average cost of divorce is $15,500.

(Costs of common experts needed for a divorce and money-saving tips are addressed later in this post.)

How Much Does Divorce Cost In Washington State?

Every step of the process comes with specific charges and fees. From the initial filing to relevant court costs to finding representation, it all has a price. After you finalize your divorce, a number of other expenditures arise that you’ll need to start preparing for.

It’s easy to anticipate the obvious expenses. You know upfront hiring a lawyer costs money, though just how much greatly depends on the individual situation. But then you have to consider those that seemingly come out of nowhere. Or at least the ones that you don’t necessarily expect, like the impact on your taxes or buying a bed for a new home.

Countless factors will impact the final amount of your case, these are a few of them.

  • How contentious the split,
  • the length of the marriage,
  • future earning potential,
  • the amount of property to divide,
  • number of assets to split,
  • owning your own business,
  • whether or not you have kids,
  • divvying up child support,
  • designating spousal support when applicable,
  • whether or not you have 401ks, pensions, IRA’s, etc.
  • all of these and more will play a part.

Simple, straightforward divorces can be relatively inexpensive. But the more complicated things get, the faster fees pile up.

With that in mind, here are some costs, obvious and otherwise, you should be aware of when dissolving a marriage.

Divorce Process Costs

No matter how clear-cut and uncomplicated your divorce, you still can’t get off scot-free. In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to download the forms, fill them out yourself, file them, and be done. But even if you take a do-it-yourself approach, you have to pay.

Legal Fees & Paperwork

Just to file for divorce in Washington, costs roughly $350. (This includes fees for filing, a judicial surcharge, and court facilitator costs.)

From there, you have to serve your spouse. If you hire a lawyer, they can handle that, likely for a fee, or you can use an outside process server. Depending on what company you use, and how easy or difficult it is to find your spouse, this can run you anywhere from $50 on up.

Essentially, any time you have to submit paperwork, respond to the opposition, or appear before a judge, expect to shell out at least few dollars and watch the cost of divorce creep higher.

Beyond the first step, you encounter costs for filing petitions, responding to motions, and appearing in court. Again, the more complicated your case, the more money you’re going to spend.

Related Reading: How To File For Divorce In Washington State

Attorney’s Fees

In most cases, the attorney’s fees promise to be one of, if not the biggest cost of divorce. Hiring an experienced lawyer helps you navigate complex legal waters. A professional knows the process, can answer your questions, and steer you towards the best outcome. But this comes with a significant price tag.

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The extent of these costs coincides with the complexity of your case. In short, the more issues, the more time you spend with your divorce lawyer, and the more fees you rack up.

In most cases, there’s a charge for an initial consultation, followed by an hourly rate.

Being organized, having all of your paperwork in order, and doing some of the legwork cuts down on how much your lawyer needs to do, thus how much they bill you for.

We cannot stress this enough; if you put in the time to educate yourself, and focus on what’s most important, you can curb some of the costs of divorce when it comes to attorneys.

If your settlement isn’t sound, problems arise- expensive problems often arise later on. Even if you take a DIY approach, it may benefit you to have an attorney look over your paperwork to ensure everything is in order before you file.

After you retain a divorce attorney (if you hire one), there are a few things you can do prior to your next meeting to get the ball rolling. There are two forms that are required for every divorce:

Downloading and completing these forms before you meet with your family law attorney will save you time (and money). If you are curious about other forms available online, you can access your county’s Superior Court Forms Directory by clicking on your county to go directly to the respective directory (King, Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit, Thurston, Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, Whatcom).

Does Each Spouse Pay Their Own Legal Fees?

In the circumstance of legal fees, it’s a very similar standard to alimony or spousal maintenance, which is, need versus ability to pay.

When there’s a significant difference in income, and one spouse pays more of the shared bills and living expenses, the expectation is that’s likely to continue while the divorce is pending.

Common Experts Necessary in Complex/ Contested Divorce

The cost of a complex divorce will be impacted by the necessity of experts. Many cases don’t require experts, but for those that do, it can be an expensive proposition.

It’s seldom necessary for a case to need all of these experts, but here is a list of the common experts required in a divorce and an estimate of the cost of their services.

    • Vocational Evaluation: $4,000 to $5,000
    • Vocational Evaluator In-Court Testimony: $1,000 – $1,500
    • Custodial Evaluation: 1,000 to $2,500
    • Private Custodial Evaluation: $10,000 or more
    • Forensic Accountant: $3,000.00 to $5,000.00 to get started.
    • Special Master: $2,500 to $5,000
    • Home appraiser $300 – $400
    • Personal Property Appraiser: $150+ per hour – Usually $750 or more total depending on complexity (for collectibles, art, etc.)
    • A computer expert for data recovery and discovery: $75+ per hour, or some companies charge per GB or TB.
    • Court Reporters and transcripts: $0 to $2,500 depending on the length of documents
    • Process server: $75 to $400
    • Private investigator: $40 to $100 per hour
    • Mediator: $100 to $200 per hour
    • Financial Planner or accountant: $1,000 to $2,000 flat fee; for ongoing services most firms require monthly retainers.

Post-Divorce Costs

Though fees for paperwork, court appearances, and lawyers are the most obvious costs of divorce, none of them last forever. Once your divorce becomes official, these stop accumulating.

Depending on your situation, a number of expenses continue long after you sign the divorce decree.

Child Support

If you have children, and you’re not the custodial parent, you’ll likely pay child support. Designed to provide for the continuing care and well-being of your kids, and cover the basic necessities like food, shelter, and clothing, the parent with the most overnights usually receives the payments from the other.

Though the court may award child support even in cases of 50/50 shared custody. Filing a parenting plan laying out visitation comes with fees and surcharges that raise the cost of divorce. How to calculate your child support responsibility.

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Spousal Support

After dividing the shared assets, if financial need or a large gap in earning potential still exists, the court may award spousal support. The court may take into account factors like:

    • future job prospects,
    • the length of the marriage,
    • the age and health of both parties,
    • ability to pay, and more to determine what is fair and equitable.

Many people often fail to consider the impact of taxes in post-divorce life. After finalizing your divorce, your filing status changes. You can’t continue to file as married if you’re not actually married, can you? If you pay or receive child support or spousal support, that also impacts your taxes.

Related Reading: How Is Spousal Support Calculated?

Credit Score And Debt

It’s even possible for your credit score to take a hit following divorce. Moving forward, your ex’s finances won’t impact your own. But if your name stays on any shared debt, that can come back to bite you.

Divorcing doesn’t automatically alter any pre-existing financial obligations. So, if you have shared credit card debt, a joint car loan, or a mortgage, you remain liable for those.

Much like shared property, the court also divides shared debt. Ideally, part of your divorce agreement includes explicit details about who covers what. The court may order you to make mortgage payments or your ex to pay back a car loan.

Your settlement can also include stipulations that your ex must refinance loans to be in one name. In a perfect world, that’s what will happen. But if it doesn’t, it can reflect negatively on you and your credit.

Related Reading: How Is Debt Divided During A Divorce?

Moving Costs

By the time a divorce becomes final, most couples already live apart. But if you’re the one who moved out, setting up a new home base comes with its own set of costs.

You have deposits, down payments, replacing furniture, stocking a new kitchen, and other costs incurred while setting up a new residency. Though many may be small on their own, they add up quickly. Beyond that, even paying all of the bills from a single paycheck is a first for many.

This cost of divorce often takes a back seat to more immediate concerns but must be dealt with eventually.

Divorce doesn’t come cheap, and these are just a few of the financial elements to keep an eye on. No two situations are alike, which makes determining the average cost of divorce difficult.

Remember, the more complicated the case, the costlier it becomes. Children, high levels of conflict, significant property to divide, long marriages, all of these factors, and more, tend to send the cost of divorce in Washington skyrocketing.

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Tips to Save Money On Divorce

Study

As the old adage goes: knowledge is power.

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Educate yourself on your rights and how your circumstances will affect your case. This is an essential first step in the divorce process. Knowing how the unique details of your situation impact the process helps you prioritize and create a strategy.

If you understand how things work, you can even do some of the easier tasks yourself, instead of paying a lawyer to explain every last element or handling things you can tackle on your own.

Related Reading: A Guide to File for Divorce in Washington

Organize

Gather all the relevant documents and arrange them in an accessible, logical way.

Getting the important paperwork together cuts down the amount of work your attorney must do. Too often people show up with a box or folder full of documents.

In most cases, some simple clerical work you can do on your own helps immensely. If your attorney spends a few hours organizing a mess, that’s time you get charged for. A bit of work on your end can save money.

Prepare

It’s important to organize. It’s also important to organize in advance. Once the process gets going, you have motions to file and serve, paperwork to fill out, responses to make, and appearances to keep.

If you’re bad at organizing, or don’t have the time or patience, you also have other options. Some people hire temporary assistants to handle the task. It may still cost you money, but paying $50 an hour, for example, is cheaper than the hundreds most lawyers charge.

Pick Your Battles

Going into the divorce with a clear set of priorities will help you pick the important battles.

The more a couple fights, and the more contentious the divorce. The more contentious the divorce, the longer it takes. The longer it takes, the more money you spend. If you truly want to save money on divorce, prioritize. Know what you want and what’s most important.

Figure out what you’re willing to let go of and what you aren’t. Know where to spend your time, energy, and resources.

That said, don’t simply roll over to avoid spending money. If visitation is important or a certain item has a special significance, fight for it.

Divorce has a huge impact on your life moving forward. And once you have a divorce settlement in place, the details are difficult to change in the future.

Related Reading: How the Division of Property Works in Washington

Be Honest

It’s often costly to withhold information from your attorney or to be untruthful about your circumstances. If your divorce lawyer has all the facts, they can create the best strategy for meeting your goals.

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If you lie or try to hide things, it can undermine their plan. Don’t force your divorce lawyer to change directions mid-stream. That will likely cost a significant amount.

A lawyer is not your therapist

It’s easy to lean on your attorney for emotional support. This can be a draining, stressful time, and they are in a unique position to understand what you’re going through. A good divorce lawyer truly has your best interests in mind and at heart. But remember, they also charge you money.

Having emotional support in place is hugely important during a divorce. It’s not even that your lawyer doesn’t care, but that’s not their job. Instead, turn to family or friends.

If necessary, talk to an actual therapist or mental health professional.

Taking care of yourself throughout the process is vital. An experienced professional will generally much more effective, and usually much cheaper, than using your attorney for that purpose.

Crowdfunding Divorce Legal Fees

Not all crowdfunding outlets allow for divorce, so before you begin, it’s important to examine the rules. Websites likeFundRazrwhere you can raise money for legal fees, have options for divorce and family law matters. Others, likeGoFundMeandIndiegogo, while not specifically intended for divorce, do permit you to use their services for that purpose.

A couple years ago, Josh and Sara Margulis, a California couple launched Honeyfund. It allowed newly married couples a platform to crowdfund dream honeymoons. From there, they created the offshoot Plumfund. Through this service, you can finance “life events,” like baby showers, birthday parties, or support various causes.

They even added an option to crowdfund your divorce. In this way, their efforts essentially come full circle, from the beginning of a marriage to the end.

Even relatively straightforward cases often come with a hefty price tag. Thinking about the financial side of ending your marriage can be daunting.

If you want to save money on divorce, basically, anything you can do to streamline the process and make things easier for you and your lawyer goes a long way toward that end.

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From The Radio

Rick Jones, our founding partner, regularly appears on The Danny Bonaduce and Sarah Morning Show. He answers listener questions about divorce and family law.

CALLER: “My wife and I have been married for 6 years and we’ve been separated for the last year, we haven’t done anything legal yet in terms of the courts, but I’m just curious of what a ballpark of what this is going to cost me would be?”

Rick:“The expense is really going to be based on how much time is required on both sides of the case to resolve the case, and that’s what your ultimate goal is is to be done. So, a lot of the legwork you can actually get done yourself if the two of you can communicate and keep an amicable nature going on, scribble on the back of a napkin, take it to an attorney, and if that’s all that needed to be resolved, you’re going to be out of there really quick.”

Unfortunately, we also see a lot of the other side, which is you got two people at each other’s throat a little bit, and contested issues which are emotionally packed, and those are cases that can last months and months, and go all the way to trial.

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Danny: “People say all the time when they call the show, in my life and even in one of my many divorces, “ah we don’t need a lawyer, this is going to be really friendly.” And I will tell you that’s always going to be more expensive than from having a lawyer from the get-go. Cuz [sic] by the time you say, ‘turns out we do need a lawyer!’ Now you’re mad. You should have started with a lawyer before anyone got mad. That’s my advice to you.

FAQs

How much does it cost to get a divorce in WA state? ›

Most agreed divorce services in Washington State charge between $500 and $700 including the $300+ court filing fee. Our firm recommends an agreed divorce service named Peaceful Separations, which charges closer to $700 including the court filing fee.

What is the cheapest way to get a divorce in Washington State? ›

In Washington State, the law only requires one spouse to petition for the divorce. Since the other spouse cannot legally prevent the divorce, working with each other to accomplish the divorce amicably is wise and the most affordable approach.

How long does the average divorce take in Washington State? ›

Getting a divorce in Washington state can take anywhere between 3 and 12 months, depending on whether it is contested or uncontested. The average uncontested case takes 3 months. The average contested divorce takes approximately 6-12 months.

Is Washington a 50 50 state when it comes to divorce? ›

Washington is a 50/50 divorce state. This means that almost all property, assets, and debts acquired during a marriage are subject to division in a divorce—regardless of who secured them. However, it does not mean that everything will be divided in half between spouses.

How long do you have to be separated before divorce in Washington State? ›

If there are still disputed issues, the judge will decide for you. Once the judge finalizes your legal separation, you must wait six months before asking the court to convert it to a formal divorce. (West's RCWA 26.09.

How long does an uncontested divorce take? ›

How does an uncontested divorce work? Under the no-fault divorce, there is no longer an option to contest a divorce. Uncontested divorces can be processed by courts on paper and there's no requirement for either party to make an appearance in court. This process takes a minimum of six six months to complete.

Can you get a divorce without going to court? ›

It is possible to get divorced without going to court, as long as your partner agrees to the divorce and the reasons why. However, it is still possible that you will need to go to court to decide what happens to money, property and children.

Is WA A no fault divorce state? ›

Washington is a “no-fault” divorce state. You do not need to prove a spouse was “at fault.” You must only prove irreconcilable differences. You no longer get along. What does a divorce do?

Does a husband have to support his wife during separation? ›

a person has a responsibility to financially assist their spouse or former de-facto partner, if that person cannot meet their own reasonable expenses from their personal income or assets. Where the need exists, both parties have an equal duty to support and maintain each other as far as they can.

How much is alimony in Washington? ›

As a general rule of thumb, courts in Washington State award one year of alimony for every three or four years of marriage. There is no statute or case law explicitly stating this formula, but it is an oft mentioned rule and generally what courts can be expected to do.

How long after divorce can you remarry in Washington? ›

Length of the required waiting period

For example, states like Nebraska and Wisconsin have a six-month waiting period, whereas Kansas and Washington D.C. have 30-day waiting periods. The following outlines the waiting periods among the states that require one: Alabama: 60 days. Washington, D.C.: 30 days.

How long after divorce can you remarry in Washington State? ›

How Long After Divorce Can You Remarry in Washington State? You are required to wait a minimum of three days before applying for another marriage license in Washington State. However, after this there are no restrictions on remarrying after divorce.

Who gets the house in a divorce Washington? ›

One Party's Separate Property.

Courts usually award each spouse his or her separate property and divide community property 50/50. Consequently, if the house is entirely one spouse's separate property, he or she almost always receives it unless the parties agree otherwise.

How does adultery affect divorce in Washington State? ›

Adultery has no bearing on a divorce in Washington State. Cheating doesn't matter because Washington State is a "no-fault" state, which means that either party can file for divorce without providing proof of a particular cause, such as adultery.

How is debt divided in a divorce in Washington State? ›

During your Washington divorce, all your property and all of your debts, even those you have separate from your spouse will be divided and awarded to one party or the other, sometimes with the assistance of the court.

What is considered spousal abandonment in Washington State? ›

Abandonment is when one spouse stops living with the other spouse with no intention of returning to the home. Abandonment is not a basis for obtaining a divorce in the state of Washington, but it is a factor in the property division and child custody disputes during the divorce.

Can you date while legally separated in Washington State? ›

While there is nothing legally wrong with dating before your divorce is official in Washington State, it can often begin disputes and complexities that you could otherwise avoid.

Is adultery illegal in WA? ›

(2) Cheating in the first degree is a class C felony subject to the penalty set forth in RCW 9A. 20.021. In addition to any other penalties imposed by law for a conviction of a violation of this section the court may impose an additional penalty of up to twenty thousand dollars on adult offenders.

How long does it take to get a divorce if both parties agree? ›

On average the divorce usually takes between six and nine months. It is however very common to delay applying for the Decree Absolute until the financial issues have been resolved.

How can I get a divorce fast? ›

By filing a no-fault, uncontested divorce with an agreement an attorney has reviewed—especially in a state with a short residency period—you can get a quick divorce. The benefits of a quick divorce are that it saves money on legal fees and it saves a lot of stress.

What happens after divorce papers are signed? ›

Once the Judge grants your divorce you are for all practical purposes divorced from that moment on divorced. Usually in about two weeks the Decree of Divorce will be available at the Court Registrar and your attorney will collect it and arrange that you get a copy of the decree.

What state is the easiest to get a divorce? ›

Although this is not the cheapest state in which to divorce, the processing speed give Alaska its rating of easiest state for divorce, with an ease of filing score of 100/100.

Is it possible to get divorce within a month? ›

No, as per different divorce laws in India, to apply for a mutual consent divorce, the couple must have lived separately for at least one year. Therefore, couples cannot file a petition for mutual divorce within 6 months of getting married.

Can you get a divorce if the other person refuses? ›

Firstly, your spouse cannot refuse a divorce. If you wish to divorce, it is your right to do so. However, the terms of the divorce are a different matter altogether. The important thing to remember is that your husband or wife cannot refuse a divorce and in doing so effectively force you to stay married.

Does Washington require counseling before divorce? ›

Many couples go through marriage counseling before filing for divorce in Washington state. For some, it's a way of determining whether there is enough left between the spouses to “save” the marriage. Others are sure the marriage will end but need a third party to confirm their suspicions.

Do you need a reason for divorce in Washington State? ›

No. Washington is a “no-fault” divorce state. You do not need to prove a spouse was “at fault.” You must only prove irreconcilable differences: you no longer get along.

What are grounds for divorce in Washington? ›

Washington State is a “no fault” state, meaning the only legal grounds for divorce is the “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage. Anyone seeking a divorce in the state will be granted one as long as they were legally married, meet the state residency requirements, and correctly follow the dissolution procedure.

What is the rule of 65 in divorce? ›

The Guidelines also provides for the “Rule of 65”, which states that if the years of marriage plus the age of the support recipient at the time of separation equals or exceeds 65, then spousal support may be paid indefinitely.

Who pays the bills when you separate? ›

Just like mortgages, the repayment of any joint debts must continue after divorce or separation. Your personal life is of no concern to lenders after all. But of course, you now wish to lead separate lives and an important step toward doing so will be disentangling your finances.

Can a working wife get alimony? ›

Even though your spouse has a full-time job, they are still entitled to ask for spousal support. They can ask for support once a legal separation or divorce is filed with the court. If the judge deems it necessary, he or she can order you to pay spousal support even while your divorce is pending.

How much alimony does a husband have to pay? ›

Periodical alimony amount: The Supreme Court of India guides the husband or the wife to pay 25% of their monthly income to the other for court expenses and leading a livelihood.

How does a wife get alimony? ›

What do I do if I want alimony? You can ask for alimony as part of a divorce proceeding. If you and your spouse reach an agreement about alimony, you can ask the judge to make the agreement a part of the court order. If you cannot reach an agreement, the judge will decide whether you are entitled to alimony.

How can you avoid alimony? ›

You can petition the court to lower your alimony payments if:
  1. You retire.
  2. You lose your job or begin making less money.
  3. Your spouse gets a job and begins earning sufficient money.
  4. Your spouse moves in with someone (or marries, in which case you'll want to ask the court to terminate your alimony obligation)

Can you remarry the same person after divorce? ›

So, to re-marry the person you divorced requires considerable effort and commitment to resolve the previous irreconcilable differences. Nevertheless, divorced couples can - and do - find ways to not only repair their damaged relationship, but to re-marry.

How do you get an uncontested divorce in Washington State? ›

Below are the four basic steps in getting an uncontested divorce in Washington State:
  1. Complete divorce forms. The divorce process begins with the divorce form or petition for divorce. ...
  2. File divorce papers with the court. ...
  3. Serve your spouse with the divorce papers. ...
  4. Sign and file final divorce documents.

How much is child support in Washington State? ›

The minimum amount of support is $50 per month. The maximum is 45% of a parent's net income, unless there is some good reason – such as substantial wealth – for that percentage to increase.

What happens at an uncontested divorce hearing? ›

Once you have answered basic questions about your divorce agreement, the judge will ask you to state the reason for the divorce, known as a “cause of action.” During the hearing, the court will also ask you to confirm the date and place of your marriage, the names and birth/adoption dates of any children, living ...

Is my wife entitled to half my house if it's in my name? ›

It depends on who is named on the mortgage. This is called joint and several liability. You are both responsible and liable for paying the mortgage. That doesn't mean you are both liable for half each though – if one person doesn't pay their share, the other can still be held responsible for the whole mortgage.

What assets are included in divorce? ›

Matrimonial assets typically include things like the family home, pensions, investments and savings. Matrimonial assets can also include any property acquired before the date of the marriage if this was purchased for use as the family home, or any furniture that was bought specifically for this residence.

How is a house split when divorcing? ›

There are three main ways to handle the home: Sell the house and split the proceeds. One ex-spouse keeps the home and refinances the mortgage to remove the other from the loan. Both former spouses keep the house temporarily.

What proof do you need to prove adultery? ›

Proving adultery took place in your marriage is difficult but possible. Direct evidence (not hearsay) can come in the form of proof, such as eyewitness testimony or the guilty party admitting to the adultery (can be either the spouse or the paramour). There is also circumstantial evidence that can act as proof.

Can cheating wife get alimony? ›

– It is true that is suit for the divorced is decreed after the trial on the ground of adultery then the wife will not be entitled to get permanent alimony and maintenance U/sec 25 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 because adultery alleged against her is proved.

Is there spousal support in Washington State? ›

Washington law requires courts to consider the requesting spouse's need for maintenance and the other spouse's ability to pay. Maintenance should be no more than the would-be-recipient needs, nor should it exceed the would-be-payor's ability to pay. Each party's 'need' and 'ability' is relative to the other spouse.

How long do you have to be separated before divorce in Washington State? ›

If there are still disputed issues, the judge will decide for you. Once the judge finalizes your legal separation, you must wait six months before asking the court to convert it to a formal divorce. (West's RCWA 26.09.

What is the normal split of assets in a divorce? ›

The Court will normally consider a 50/50 split of the matrimonial assets when dealing with a long marriage following the 'yardstick of equality'. With short marriages, capital contributions become more relevant in deciding how assets are divided in a divorce. Age is also an important consideration.

What is considered marital property in Washington State? ›

Marital property refers to all possessions (including ownership interests) acquired during a couple's marriage. This also includes all debts incurred by the couple during marriage, with some exceptions.

What are grounds for divorce in Washington State? ›

Washington State is a “no fault” state, meaning the only legal grounds for divorce is the “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage. Anyone seeking a divorce in the state will be granted one as long as they were legally married, meet the state residency requirements, and correctly follow the dissolution procedure.

How do you get an uncontested divorce in Washington State? ›

To file for an uncontested divorce, you must agree with your spouse that your marriage is "irretrievably broken," which is the only legal reason (or "ground") for divorce allowed in Washington State.

Who gets the house in a divorce Washington? ›

One Party's Separate Property.

Courts usually award each spouse his or her separate property and divide community property 50/50. Consequently, if the house is entirely one spouse's separate property, he or she almost always receives it unless the parties agree otherwise.

What is an uncontested divorce? ›

Unlike a contested divorce, an uncontested divorce is one where both parties agree on all terms of the divorce. This includes child custody, child and spousal support, and the division of marital property and debts.

How many years do you have to be married to get alimony in Washington? ›

The idea is that after 25 years of marriage, the parties should be recognized as financially equal partners – and that their financial positions after the divorce should reflect that fact.

How much is alimony in Washington? ›

Most judges award maintenance lasting 20-33% of the length of the marriage, and the monthly amount tapers with time. For example, the judge might award $2,000 for 2 years, and then decrease that amount by $200 every six months until maintenance ends.

Does Washington require counseling before divorce? ›

Many couples go through marriage counseling before filing for divorce in Washington state. For some, it's a way of determining whether there is enough left between the spouses to “save” the marriage. Others are sure the marriage will end but need a third party to confirm their suspicions.

Can you get a divorce without going to court? ›

It is possible to get divorced without going to court, as long as your partner agrees to the divorce and the reasons why. However, it is still possible that you will need to go to court to decide what happens to money, property and children.

Is WA A no fault divorce state? ›

Washington is a “no-fault” divorce state. You do not need to prove a spouse was “at fault.” You must only prove irreconcilable differences. You no longer get along. What does a divorce do?

Do divorce papers need to be notarized in Washington? ›

In Washington, do any or all of the divorce documents need to be notarized? Yes. Some of the divorce papers need to be notarized.

How is debt split in a divorce in Washington State? ›

During your Washington divorce, all your property and all of your debts, even those you have separate from your spouse will be divided and awarded to one party or the other, sometimes with the assistance of the court.

Is my wife entitled to half my house if it's in my name? ›

It depends on who is named on the mortgage. This is called joint and several liability. You are both responsible and liable for paying the mortgage. That doesn't mean you are both liable for half each though – if one person doesn't pay their share, the other can still be held responsible for the whole mortgage.

How does adultery affect divorce in Washington State? ›

Adultery has no bearing on a divorce in Washington State. Cheating doesn't matter because Washington State is a "no-fault" state, which means that either party can file for divorce without providing proof of a particular cause, such as adultery.

What are the five stages of divorce? ›

There are two processes in divorce.

The emotional process can be broken down into 5 stages: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.

Can you get a divorce without a financial settlement? ›

The most important thing to stress is that if you've already divorced without reaching a financial settlement, it's not too late. While it's usually advised you reach a financial settlement and get a financial order from court at the time of divorce, you can still do this after you're divorced.

The divorce process in Washington state is often long and challenging. However, when you know what to expect and what options are available to you, it becomes

You can get divorce papers filled out by a lawyer, an online divorce company, or download and fill them out yourself.. If you file for an uncontested divorce in Washington, your ex-husband or wife will need to sign an Acceptance of Service form acknowledging that he or she has received the paperwork.. Having decided to end their marriage, Washington state couples have different options: filing with the help of a lawyer, completing a Do-It-Yourself divorce, or working with an online divorce company.. When a divorce is uncontested, trying to save money by not involving a lawyer into the case does make sense.. Although you will still be filing for marriage dissolution yourself, a divorce company will choose and fill out the necessary paperwork for you, so you will only have to print and sign it before submitting it to the court.. The average cost of divorce in Washington state is approximately $13,400.The price of divorce in WA state depends on many factors.. Average divorce attorney prices are $10,500 to $12,000 for the whole marriage dissolution, but the mutual divorce cost will be significantly lower, averaging at around $5,000.. In some cases, the cost of contested divorce in Washington State may reach $20,000 or more.. ServiceCost Mediator$150 to $600 per hourCustodial Evaluator$ 2,000 and more than $10,000 if privateForensic Accountant$2,500 to $6,000Vocational Evaluation and Evaluator’s Court Testimony$5,000- $6,500Special Master/Discovery Master/ Commissioner$400-$500 per hourReal Estate/Personal Property Appraiser$300- $500 one-time paymentPrivate Investigator$50 to $100 per hourFinancial Advisor$1,500 to $2,500 one-time payment After filing the papers for your marriage dissolution, you are legally obligated to provide your spouse with copies of the forms, i.e., “serve” them the paperwork.

The cost of divorce in Washington State. Attorney fees, court fees, and most affordable options.

Most uncontested divorces cost each spouse several thousand dollars before a final agreement is reached.. In an amicable divorce, you and your spouse work out the issues of your divorce instead of having your lawyers fight it out.. In more complicated cases your attorney and your spouse's attorney may be unable to reach an agreement, and you will be required to attend mediation.. Since your divorce is uncontested, all you will have to do once you and your spouse reach an agreement is to have your divorce documents prepared and file them with the court.. Since your divorce is uncontested, you can have an attorney complete your divorce for you.. Most Washington attorneys will draft the documents, have you and your spouse sign them, file them with the court, and complete the entire court process for you.. For example, the attorney drafts the documents, and you submit them to the court and attend the five-minute hearing to finalize your divorce case.. The law does not require that an attorney prepare your divorce documents.. First, an attorney can review the agreement you and your spouse reached to ensure that it is legal and likely to be approved by the court.. You can have all your divorce documents prepared by a duly licensed attorney for a flat fee of $249.. The attorney reviews the agreement you reached with your spouse and then prepares all the necessary documents for your unique situation and circumstances.. If your case started out contested and you and your spouse are now working together to reach an agreement, or if you've been in mediation and recently reached or will soon reach an agreement, you may still use our website to prepare all of your documents based on your final agreement.. Reaching an agreement with your spouse and having your documents prepared affordably by a licensed attorney will save you time, money, and stress.. We created www.WashingtonDivorceOnline.com to make the uncontested divorce process as quick and painless as possible for couples seeking uncontested divorce in Washington State.

Washington is a no-fault state. First file in court, then draft an agreement with your spouse (uncontested) or go to court if the divorce is contested.

There is a minimum waiting period of 3 months from the date the divorce petition is filed with the court and served on your spouse and before the court can finalize your divorce.. According to the state law, it is necessary for only one spouse to believe that the marriage cannot be saved and the court will grant a divorce although the other spouse does not agree.. Declaration in Support of Parenting Plan: Must be filled out by both spouses and defines the position of each spouse in case the custody of the child is disputed.. Non-residents also have the option of filing their papers in Lincoln County; however, both spouses must agree to file for divorce in Lincoln County before the divorce case can be opened there.. If your spouse and you agree on all the terms and conditions of the divorce like division of property and debts , alimony and child custody and support, then you qualify for an uncontested divorce.. You can make use of an online divorce service to complete your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage for a divorce in Washington.. Usually, when the divorce case goes to trial, it is recommended that both spouses employ divorce attorneys who can present and argue the case on their behalf.

This guide covers everything you need to know about divorce laws in Washington. Learn how the law will impact asset division, support, custody and more.

Just as it is with assets in a community property state, in Washington any debts acquired by one or the other spouse during a marriage belong equally to both spouses.. The exception to this is that when spouses are discussing a division of assets during the divorce proceeding, one spouse or the other may agree to assume the debt in question in exchange for other concessions.Courts will also look at the financial condition of each spouse after the divorce and may award more community property or assign less debt if there is an excessive imbalance.. In simple terms, Washington is a community property state and as such, all assets acquired during the course of the marriage must be divided equally at the time of a divorce.. Most times, a house is the biggest asset in a divorce and spouses may be able to negotiate a trade-off in exchange for one spouse keeping the house (usually the spouse with custodial care of any children).. The other big stumbling block when it comes to dividing assets in Washington is when one spouse or the other claims that an asset is separate property instead of community property.. Washington law states that property inherited by one spouse during a marriage is separate and not subject to community property rules.. However, any assets acquired before a marriage or after a couple separates, or property that was given to one spouse as a gift, as well as some personal injury settlements, are deemed separate property.. When a divorce takes place, assets that are separate property do not need to be considered among the assets that need to be divided equitably between spouses.. Inheritance acquired during a marriage is considered separate property but if the assets of the inheritance are commingled (i.e. in a bank account, or if both people live in an inherited residence), then it may be possible to claim that the inherited assets have become community property.. The earning capacity of each spouse The needs and standard of living of each spouse Age and health of both spouses Existing debts and assets Child custody arrangements and whether or not the primary care spouse can hold a job while taking care of the children Did one spouse help the other with education, career training or other ways to assist them in advancing their career. Although Washington is a community property state which means that each spouse will receive half of the marital assets, there are instances where overall assets are uneven after a divorce.. If a parenting plan has already been filed in another state, or if the child has not lived in Washington for a long time, then a parent may not be able to file a plan in the state.

Learn everything you need to know about uncontested divorce in Washington State in this guide provided by Van Siclen, Stocks and Firkins.

But if you and your spouse are still on good terms and you believe you could reach agreements without the need for the courts, an uncontested divorce can make the process much easier.. If you’re thinking about getting a divorce but you’re unsure of the process, this guide will give you everything you need to know about an uncontested divorce in Washington State.. Just like a contested divorce, an uncontested divorce will legally end your marriage.. If they do not want to get divorced or you cannot agree on how to split assets, you’ll need to file for a contested divorce to settle these differences formally.. Also, Washington State has a residency requirement for any divorcing spouse, whether they are contested or uncontested.. If you can’t agree on any of these issues, an uncontested divorce will not work and you’ll need to go through the process of a contested divorce.. Although an uncontested divorce isn’t possible in every divorce case, there are several key benefits of an uncontested divorce in Washington State if it’s a possibility for you:. You may have heard that you don’t need an attorney for an uncontested divorce, but it’s actually a much smoother and easier process to have the support of a divorce lawyer who can help guide you through the process and give legal advice as needed.. Many people believe that if they file for an uncontested divorce, there is no need to hire a divorce attorney.. This usually happens when one spouse seeks the advice of an attorney to file the uncontested divorce papers.. This is the best role for an uncontested divorce.. Even if you are on good terms with your spouse, a mediator will help minimize arguments when it comes to splitting assets, which can make the process much smoother.. There are restrictions on who is legally allowed to serve the summons, your local court clerk will give you advice on this.

Are you attempting to get a divorce in Washington? Divorce can be complicated, so the more you know, the better. Here's your complete guide to WA divorce.

One of the spouses will file for divorce through the courts.. From the day divorce papers get served on your spouse, your divorce will finalize in 90 days.. Going with no-fault divorce creates a direct way, without laying blame on either spouse, for divorce to happen.. This means that getting a divorce is not hard to obtain and either spouse can ask the Court for a divorce.. A divorce lawyer knows what to expect in divorce cases — even the unexpected things that would blindside you.

The divorce process in Washington state is often long and challenging. However, when you know what to expect and what options are available to you, it becomes

You can get divorce papers filled out by a lawyer, an online divorce company, or download and fill them out yourself.. If you file for an uncontested divorce in Washington, your ex-husband or wife will need to sign an Acceptance of Service form acknowledging that he or she has received the paperwork.. Having decided to end their marriage, Washington state couples have different options: filing with the help of a lawyer, completing a Do-It-Yourself divorce, or working with an online divorce company.. When a divorce is uncontested, trying to save money by not involving a lawyer into the case does make sense.. Find and choose the Washington state divorce forms required for your case.. Although you will still be filing for marriage dissolution yourself, a divorce company will choose and fill out the necessary paperwork for you, so you will only have to print and sign it before submitting it to the court.. The average cost of divorce in Washington state is approximately $13,400.The price of divorce in WA state depends on many factors.. Average divorce attorney prices are $10,500 to $12,000 for the whole marriage dissolution, but the mutual divorce cost will be significantly lower, averaging at around $5,000.. In uncontested cases, spouses have an opportunity not to hire lawyers and deal with the paperwork on their own or with the help of an online service.. The divorce costs in Washington State are the highest for contested cases.. In some cases, the cost of contested divorce in Washington State may reach $20,000 or more.. ServiceCost Mediator$150 to $600 per hourCustodial Evaluator$ 2,000 and more than $10,000 if privateForensic Accountant$2,500 to $6,000Vocational Evaluation and Evaluator’s Court Testimony$5,000- $6,500Special Master/Discovery Master/ Commissioner$400-$500 per hourReal Estate/Personal Property Appraiser$300- $500 one-time paymentPrivate Investigator$50 to $100 per hourFinancial Advisor$1,500 to $2,500 one-time payment After filing the papers for your marriage dissolution, you are legally obligated to provide your spouse with copies of the forms, i.e., “serve” them the paperwork.. One of the most frequently asked question concerning the divorce process is how to find out if divorce papers have been served?

There are two options to end your relationships in WA state: divorce and legal separation. In this article, you will learn about legal separation in

There are two options to end your relationships in WA state: divorce and legal separation.. However, unlike divorcees, legally separated spouses remain married and may use a lot of the benefits that their marriage has granted them.. While divorce in Washington state completely ends your marriage, you will still be married after legal separation.. According to Washington state divorce law, you will be able to get orders covering childcare and assets in both cases, and the filing processes, as well as forms, will be similar.. If you have decided to file for legal separation in WA state, you will be given almost the same options except that you are still going to be married.. Filing either for divorce or separation, the couple would take the same steps and pay the same filing fees.. Filing for legal separation, you will use the same forms as for marriage dissolution (even though their names can be different).. There is a mandatory 90-days waiting period for marriage dissolution in WA state as soon as the petition was filed with the court.. Filing for legal separation is very similar to filing for divorce in Washington state:. You will also need to make 2 copies of these forms before filing them.. File the documents with Superior Court Clerk.

How much does a divorce cost? We dug into survey results to find the average cost of divorce, including contested, uncontested, and more.

What's the average cost of a divorce?. The average (mean) cost of a divorce is $12,900.. Divorces that go to trial on two or more issues cost, on average, $23,300.. The average hourly rate for a divorce attorney is $270.. The average total cost of legal fees was $11,300 per spouse when a full-scope divorce attorney was involved.. Divorces that go to trial are significantly more expensive due to the added legal fees involved.. These can include attorney's fees, court costs, and other miscellaneous fees and expenses.. According to Martindale-Nolo research , the average hourly rate for a divorce lawyer was $270 and the average total cost for legal fees per spouse was $11,300 (though the median was $7,000).. However, not all attorneys charge the same hourly rate.. In fact, while the average cost of attorney fees in a divorce completed in less than six months totaled $6,500, that average went up to $23,000 in legal fees in cases where the divorce dragged on for more than 30 months.. While every divorce requires legal dissolution of the marriage, those who have an uncontested divorce typically pay just one filing fee, while couples who contest issues may have to pay additional fees for motions, court reporting services, and other miscellaneous court expenses.. You have to pay a filing fee in court for this.. State. Average filing fees. Alabama. $400 including a $50 administrative fee.. If you cannot afford to pay divorce attorney fees and need help dissolving your marriage, find your local legal aid office to see what options are available.

1. This is a community property state so everything is 50-50 While asset and debt acquired during the marriage is community property in Washington, it is not necessarily divided equally. The operating word in Washington is “equitable.” There are a number of standards by which equitable is determ ...

While asset and debt acquired during the marriage is community property in Washington, it is not necessarily divided equally.. The length of the marriage, the relative earning capacity of the parties, the age and health of the parties as well as the existence of separate wealth are all factors in determining equitable.. Often the opposing counsel has the attitude of “Why doesn’t the lazy bum just get a job.” Counsel, would you say that about the wife who has not worked in a long time or one who has health issues preventing her from working?. All property acquired during marriage is community.. Thus the house owned by one of the parties before marriage continues to be separate property.. We refer instead to “parenting plan.” We develop a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the children.. Take into consideration the age, school schedule where each parent lives and their work schedule to develop a plan that makes sense.. If there is disagreement, I recommend working with a parenting specialist to work on parenting plan issues.. Each parent is responsible for the children during his/her residential time even if the children are with a caretaker or relative.. Washington State has some very specific provisions as to when a parent’s residential time is restricted or curtailed.. Just because one parent doesn’t like the other parent’s parenting style is not a reason for limiting time with children.. The vast majority of parents do work out their parenting issues and develop a reasonable parenting plan.

The process of divorce sounds complex and scary, but it doesn't have to be. Here's how to file for divorce in Washington state.

With that in mind, here is how to file for divorce in Washington state.. In this situation, that moment is when one spouse completes the divorce form , also known as the petition for divorce.. When petitioning for a divorce in Washington, you must submit the appropriate paperwork in the county where you live.. If this is an uncontested divorce, your spouse only needs to sign the Acceptance of Service to acknowledge that the documents have been delivered.. This includes any notarized agreements you and your spouse come to regarding the division of assets and debts, custody, spousal and child support, and any other specific details the two sides work out.. In the case of an uncontested divorce in Washington, the situation may involve little more than both parties signing a few forms.. If your spouse contests the divorce, however, things often become adversarial.. If you can’t reach an agreement, the court must rule when it comes to child custody and visitation, division of property, debt and assets , child and spousal support, and more.. Washington is a community property state There are two approaches to dividing marital assets in a divorce: equitable distribution and community property.. To exclude property acquired during the marriage from being considered community property, the item must be solely in one spouse’s name and purchased and maintained with money held separately from the other spouse.. Washington State Has A Waiting Period Every state has a waiting period that must elapse before a divorce becomes final.. Your debt will be divided in your divorce Dividing assets is a major part of the divorce process.

Getting a divorce in Washington state? This is your resource for understanding the state's requirements and process. Read to know.

Washington is a no-fault divorce state, with simpler laws and processes than are found in some other states.. To file for divorce in Washington state, you and/or your spouse must live in the state and plan to stay there, or one of you must be in the military, and must be stationed in Washington for at least 90 days after the divorce petition is filed and served.. Either party may opt to file for divorce even if the other does not want a divorce.. Any argument over important issues such as the division of property and debt, whether alimony should be provided, whether child support should be provided, and/or child custody and visitation issues can lengthen divorce proceedings.. You can obtain a divorce decree without a lawyer since the judge is the one who makes the final decision concerning the division of property, child custody, visitation, and other important issues.. There are a few cases in which a lawyer is necessary for divorces in Washington.. In 2019, Worthy conducted a study on how divorce women approach divorce and dating in today’s world.. Age of Today’s Divorced Woman Of the women we surveyed, 42% divorced between the ages of 35-44 and 28% between 45-54, indicating that midlife is the most common time for marriages to break up.. Divorce Proceedings in the 21st Century We asked our participants to share what legal processes they were familiar with for divorce.. 78% of the women have already started thinking about dating by the time the divorce papers are signed.. If you’re looking to file for an uncontested divorce in Washington, do it the easy way with our friends at It’s Over Easy , the only online divorce solution that guides you through every aspect of your case, founded by celebrity divorce lawyer Laura A. Wasser.. Divorce In Ohio – Your Complete Guide. Divorce in Georgia – Your Complete Guide. Divorce In Ohio – Your Complete Guide. Divorce in Georgia – Your Complete Guide

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Here are the basic forms and steps necessary to file for divorce, or dissolution of marriage, in Washington State. Learn about Washington divorce laws.

A divorce lawyer can take care of the forms and filing for you—along with all of the other legal matters in your divorce.. Unlike many other states, Washington doesn't require you or your spouse to have lived in the state for a certain period of time before you may file for divorce.. If you file for divorce in Washington but your spouse doesn't live in the state—and never lived there during the marriage—the judge may not be able to divide your property or order your spouse to pay support.. Your divorce decree may generally not include a parenting plan or custody orders unless Washington was the affected children's home state when you filed for divorce—meaning the children lived there with a parent figure for at least six months or lived there since birth if younger than six months old.. However, if your children moved out of state within the six-month period before you filed for divorce, the court may still have jurisdiction over them if Washington was their home state before the move, or if no other state qualifies as their home state.. Filing for uncontested divorce is the easiest option when you're doing a DIY divorce—and pretty much the only option if you want to use an online divorce service.. Washington State has official court forms to use when you're filing for divorce—and you must use those forms.. The main form to start the divorce process is the petition for divorce (FL Divorce 201).. In Washington you may file the divorce petition jointly with your spouse.. When you're filing the paperwork for uncontested divorce, you may save time by attaching the forms required to finalize the process, including Findings and Conclusions About a Marriage (FL Divorce 231) and the Final Divorce Order (FL Divorce 241), signed and notarized by both spouses.. Although the facilitators won't give legal advice, they may help you select the right forms and complete them, explain any legal terms you don't understand, help calculate child support based on the financial information you provide, review your completed forms to make sure you haven't missed anything, and provide details about the local court procedures and requirements.. Washington law allows you to file for divorce in the county where either spouse lives.. After being served with the divorce papers, your spouse will have a certain amount of time to file a response—20 days if served personally in Washington, or 60 days if served personally out of state or by publication.. When you're filing an uncontested divorce—or you hope to settle your case soon—it will make things easier to file the Financial Declaration forms (FL 131) and serve each other with the required documents when you file the initial divorce papers or as soon as possible thereafter.. In some Washington counties, spouses with minor children will have to attend a parenting seminar shortly after filing for divorce.

If you don't know what to expect in a Washington divorce, you can read up on the laws and use these practical solutions to make everything a lot easier.

You can review experienced local divorce lawyers, download divorce forms or access divorce services for doing your own paperwork online, and use the support schedule worksheet to estimate child support.. Child support : Child support is established using the Washington State Support Schedule, considering both parent's incomes and the child's basic needs, with the obligation being equitably allocated between the parents.. Child support may be modified via a petition for Modification of Child Support or a motion for Adjustment of Child Support based upon a showing of substantially changed circumstances at any time.. The wishes of the parents and the wishes of a child who is sufficiently mature to express his or her independent preferences regarding the residential schedule; The emotional needs and developmental level of the child; Each parent's past and future potential regarding the parenting of the child, including whether a parent has taken greater responsibility for performing parenting functions relating to the daily needs of the child; The child's relationship with siblings and with other adults important to the child, as well as the child's involvement with community, school, or other significant activities; Any agreements of the parents, provided they were entered into knowingly and voluntarily; and Each parent's work schedule.. If parents can't reach an agreement, the court may order either sole decision-making authority if the parents can't cooperate, or mutual decision-making authority based on the parent's geographic proximity and their ability to cooperate with one another.

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