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Online Divorce in Washington

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Washington, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Washington.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Washington has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce is the perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Washington is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Washington with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.

Filing:

When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Washington, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.

Residency:

Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Washington is no exception. To file for divorce in Washington, one or the other spouse must live in the state with proven residency. There is not a time limit for having lived in the state.

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Washington driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Washington

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Washington. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

 

Washington only approves “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” as a recognizable grounds for divorce as per the Revised Code of Washington Annotated; Title 26, Chapter 26.09.030. To file for divorce in the State of Washington, this grounds must be established. Both parties are involved in establishing and agreeing to these grounds, and both must substantiate this unless the divorcing spouse attempts to prove otherwise to the court.

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Custody of the child in Washington

Custody of the child

In the State of Washington, the court wants to create a custody situation that is comfortable for the children and both parents. In most cases, joint legal custody and some form of shared physical custody will fulfill this need. If the family situation is not stable and the child may be harmed mentally, physically or emotionally by a shared custody plan, the court will decide this direction. In these cases visitation (supervised or otherwise) may be deemed a better option to keep the child in contact with the non-supervisory parent.

In some cases, custody can be set up as a short-term solution to be revisited at a later date if the family or living situation is expected to change dramatically.

Any type of custody will be determined based on the best interests of the child. Every petition for divorce in which a minor child or children is involved must have a proposed parenting plan attached. The parents can come to an agreement regarding a parenting plan on their own if desired. The parenting plan should contain sections addressing:

  • Dispute resolution;
  • A residential schedule for the entire year for the child or children; and
  • The allocation of decision-making authority as relates to the child.

The factors which will be considered to award decision-making authority are:

  • Whether both parents agree to decision-making;
  • The existence of physical or sexual child or spousal abuse, abandonment or neglect;
  • The history of a parent’s participation in the decision-making process;
  • Whether the parents have shown any ability or desire to work together in the decision-making process; and
  • The parents’ geographical proximity in regards to each other, as it would affect an ability to make mutual decisions.

The factors which are considered in choosing residential provisions for a child or children are:

  • The strength and stability of the children’s relationship with the parents, including the parent’s participation in daily parental functions;
  • Any spousal or child abuse or neglect or a history of substance abuse;
  • The past examples of participation of both parents in child-rearing;
  • The desires of the parents;
  • The desire of the child, if of an age and maturity to express a valid opinion;
  • The child’s relationship with any siblings and other family members; and
  • Any agreed upon stipulation between the divorcing spouses.

The number one factor will be given the most weight.

An Equal-time alternating home schedule may be ordered if:

  • There is no child or spousal abuse, abandonment, neglect, or history of substance abu
  • The parents agreed to such a provisi
  • There is a history where the parents can work together on such a pl
  • The parents are located in geographic proximity to each oth
  • These provisions are for the best interests of the children.
  • the best interests of the children.

The court can require an investigation as concerns parenting arrangements for the child according to Revised Code of Washington Annotated; Title 26, Chapters 26.09.181 to 26.09.220.

Rules for child support in Washington

Either parent may be required to pay child support in the State of Washington. Marital misconduct is not considered as a factor when determining the payout of child support. All other relevant factors can be considered. For up-to-date information, official child support worksheets are available for free from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services and may be obtained from the clerk of the court. These official guidelines will be presumed as correct unless the amount is proven to be unjust or inappropriate under the particular circumstances of a case. Wage assignments may be required in past due cases. Child support payments may be paid through the Washington State Support Registry or directly to the parent when there is an approved payment plan as ac­cepted by the court. The court can sometimes require a parent to pay for health insurance coverage for the child as part of the support. [Revised Code of Washington Annotated; Title 26, Chapters 26.09.040, 26.09.050, 26.09.100, 26.09.120, 26.18.070, 26.23.050, and 26-19 Appendix].

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Rules for spousal support in Washington

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is sometimes ordered by the court to help one spouse live in a manner established during marriage after the divorce. Assistance may be decided upon by the couple together before filing or may be awarded by the court in a contested case. The court may award rehabilitative (short-term) or more permanent alimony to either of the spouses in either lump-sum payments or as monthly/yearly payments or both. Many factors are considered in the awarding of spousal support a few of these are:

  • Whether the spouse seeking alimony has childcare requirements that make it difficult to seek employment;
  • The time and expense that is necessary to obtain education and training for the spouse to find a fulfilling job as well as that spouse’s earning capacity;
  • Length of the marriage;
  • Financial resources of the spouses as compared to each other
  • Tax consequences for each spouse;
  • The current age of each spouse;
  • Physical, mental and emotional states of the spouses;
  • What vocational skills and employability the spouse has who is seeking alimony;
  • Any custodial and child support responsibilities which may exist;
  • The educational level of each person--both at the time of divorce and at the time of marriage;
  • Any cost for the education of minor children as well as of healthcare for the spouse and the small children;
  • The decided upon distribution of marital property;
  • Any existing legal obligations of the spouses for supporting others;
  • The current employment and other income of each spouse;
  • Whether either spouse has foregone opportunities during the marriage in support of the other spouse;
  • The standard of living established during the marriage;
  • Additional financial and other contribution to aid the training or education, career, or earning capacity of the other spouse;
  • Necessary financial requirements of each spouse; and
  • Other factors the county court sees as just and equitable.

In Washington, marital misconduct of the spouses is sometimes considered and compared to put together a support package. Additionally, the court may require that health and hospitalization insurance coverage be provided to the supported spouse as part of the as alimony. [Washington Code; Sections 48-6-301 and 48-8-104 and Washington Case Law].

Property division in Washington

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in Washington, they must distribute property in a fair and agreeable manner.

Washington is considered to be a “community property” state. In this case, each spouse will keep his or her “separate” property, this property consists of:

  • Any property that was acquired before marriage;
  • Gift or inheritances; and
  • Increase in value of the above separate property.

“Quasi-community” property is that which is acquired when a spouse lives outside of Washington, but property that would have been community property if it was acquired while living in Washington. This property is divided just like community property. The court divides the community property, equally or equitably, after considering the following:

  • The nature and extent of the separate proper
  • The financial circumstances when the division of property becomes effecti
  • The length of the marria
  • The extent and nature of community property;
  • The desire to award the family home and right to occupy to the custodial parent if there are minor children.
  • parent if there are minor children.

Marital misconduct is not considered in Washington when distributing property. [Revised Code of Washington Annotated; Title 26, Chapters 26.09.080, 26.16.010, 26.16.020, 26.16.030, and 26.16.220].

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Mediation support in Washington

Mediation may be available through the Washington court for spouses who require assistance with developing an agreed-upon plan. In cases involving minor children, it may be recommended by the court.

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

Divorce forms in Washington

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Filing fees for divorce in Washington

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take?

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

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