Experienced Attorney Helping Vancouver Couples Navigate the Uncontested Divorce Process
The decision to end your marriage is rarely a simple one, as you are suddenly faced with several decisions about how to separate your life from that of your spouse. In Washington state, you have the option of pursuing an uncontested divorce, which gives you and your spouse the power to collaborate on the terms of your divorce without having to appear in court. Regardless of your circumstances, John L. Davis PLLC is here to answer your questions about uncontested divorce and help you understand what to expect from the process.
Understanding Uncontested Divorce
There are a number of serious issues central to any divorce, including alimony and property division. If you have children, questions regarding support and custody become paramount. However, the first question in any divorce is whether or not both parties want to dissolve the marriage. When a divorce is uncontested, the process can generally be handled outside of court — assuming, of course, that both parties are in agreement regarding the terms of their settlement. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree to work together to negotiate and define the final terms of your divorce settlement, allowing you to retain control over the outcome.
Working Towards a Common Goal
One of the primary responsibilities of any divorce lawyer is to try to coach both spouses toward a mutually acceptable settlement that keeps them both out of court. While no one expects you and your ex to be on perfectly harmonious terms, the uncontested divorce process tends to go much more smoothly if you are able to communicate in a civil and respectful manner. In most cases, couples end up working together to create the final terms of their divorce, and they often walk away from their marriage feeling satisfied with the outcome. However, if an uncontested divorce proves impossible due to an inability to communicate respectfully, the matter may be headed to court. This is known as a contested divorce.
Get Started Today
If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, it’s helpful to understand all of your options. Uncontested divorces offer you flexibility and control over the terms of your separation, and they typically are less expensive than contested divorces. Reach out to John L. Davis PLLC today to learn more about the uncontested divorce process in Washington.