Overview of Divorce in Washington

When seeking a divorce in Washington, there are plenty of different methods that you may take advantage of, such as an online divorce. First you will need to know how to go about filing for a divorce in your state, however. You should also read up on the divorce laws in the state of Washington so you have a better idea of what you're getting yourself into. The following information will be of help to you.

Filing for divorce in Washington

When you have finally made up your mind about divorce, then the first thing you have to of is file. Divorce in Washington requires you to file a petition for the dissolution of marriage in order to get started. Whichever one of you first petitions for divorce will become the petitioner and will be able to present your evidence first. If you both agree to the divorce, then you will sign the petition together and become co-petitioners.

Overview of divorce laws in Washington

Divorce in Washington has laws similar to that of other states; these laws involve things like residency and filing requirements as well as the grounds for divorce. The residency requirements in Washington require a party to: be a resident of the state, be a member of the armed forces stationed in the state, or married to a resident of the state or armed forces member stationed in the state. In order for a contested divorce to be granted in the state of Washington, certain grounds must be fulfilled. In Washington, the only grounds for divorce are "Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage." What this basically means is that there is absolutely no way that the marriage can be saved; and evidence will be required in court in order to corroborate this.

Online divorce in Washington

Believe it or not, it is even possible to be granted a divorce in Washington over the internet. When you choose to go through with your divorce in this manner, you will not even have to appear in court. However, this is a simplified divorce method, so therefore the divorce must be uncontested. What this basically means is that both you and your spouse agree to the divorce, agree on all the factors involved such as alimony, and have signed a written agreement. If you are interested in an online divorce, there are some websites that are available that provide this service; you'll find them in a search engine easily.

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