Do I need an attorney to get a divorce?

While you don’t necessarily need an attorney to get divorced, having legal representation during either an uncontested or a contested divorce is the best way to protect your rights and interests, as well as those of your children.

What does “no-fault” mean?

Washington is a “no-fault” state, meaning couples wishing to divorce are not required to name a specific reason for doing so.

What does “community property” mean?

Washington is a “community property” state, meaning that assets (i.e. property) acquired during the course of marriage are presumed to be community property. This is often divided equally upon divorce, but the court has discretion to award property disproportionately.

Is there any property that’s exempt from distribution?

Possibly. Assets acquired prior to marriage or after separation are often presumed to be separate property, but the court has discretion to divide all property before it.

How do I get custody of my child?

Washington courts prefer to involve both parents in raising their children. RCW 26.09.187 provides a set of criteria the court can look at when deciding a parenting plan for the family. The most important favor considered by the court is the relative strength, nature, and stability of the child’s relationship with each parent.

How can I get child support?

The non-custodial parent is generally required to pay child support to the custodial parent. Child support is ordered to ensure both parents take responsibility for the child’s living expenses, daycare, health insurance, medical provisions, and other necessary costs.

How can an attorney help me buy real property?

Working with a real estate attorney helps protect your substantial investment from various legal issues, fraud or any other kinds of misrepresentation.*

*Remember, realtors are not qualified to give legal advice, in fact, it is “unlawful” to do so. Schedule an appointment with a Vancouver real estate lawyer (and former realtor) today to learn more.

If I owned my business prior to meeting & marrying my spouse, are they entitled to a portion of the business or profits if we divorce?

If your soon-to-be-ex spouse has no role in the administration of your business, it is unlikely that a judge would grant them any ownership of the entity. It is entirely possible, however, that they might be entitled to a share of profits or your income, especially if they are not financially independent. Attorney John L. Davis has significant experience in both family and business law and can advise you appropriately.

I’m hoping to settle my legal matter through mediation, but if that doesn’t work, can your firm represent me throughout an ensuing trial?

Absolutely. We generally attempt to solve our clients’ legal troubles without resorting to litigation, but we certainly don’t shy away from it if that is the best option. As a former prosecutor, attorney John L. Davis has extensive experience in the courtroom.

Do you offer free consultations?

John L. Davis PLLC offers a free 10-minute phone consultation to all new clients. Contact us today to schedule yours!

What are your hours of operation?

We are open for appointments Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. We can also sometimes arrange evening and weekend appointments with enough notice.

What forms of payment does your firm accept?

Our clients may pay us via cash, check, and all major credit cards except for American Express.

John L. Davis PLLC has been representing Vancouver individuals since 2003. If you or someone you love is currently struggling with a family, business or real estate issue, call (360) 597-4740 for compassionate legal assistance.

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