& Boyd Law Offices
902 Esther Street,
Vancouver, WA 98660.
FAX: (360) 690-0068
"Divorce" refers to the legal termination of a marriage and it is a process that is often difficult for all parties involved. In most circumstances, the dissolution process will involve the division of property and debt and may also involve the issues of spousal maintenance or personal restraining orders. If children are involved, the court will have to determine a visitation order that reflects the children's "best interests." Our firm will work with all of these factors to strive for a fair and equitable final outcome. Our attorneys have honed their divorce practice in Washington state for over 13 years, and our results in this rapidly-changing area of law speak for themselves.
Washington is a "community property" state. Basically, this means that the name on the asset or debt is not controlling as to ownership rights or obligations for a liability. Even if only one spouse worked outside the home, most assets and money are considered the property of the marital "community", which is both spouses. In a divorce in Washington, this community property is subject to certain rules in being divided up. The Court is charged with making a just and equitable division of all assets and debts, be they community or separate in nature.
Establishing a Parenting Plan is often the most litigated aspect of a divorce. Certain rights, especially regarding child support and future relocations, are often specifically tied to which parent is deemed the "primary parent". Rights of other family members (grandparents, siblings, step-relatives) are all affected by which parent has primary custody, and what types of visitation schedules are put in place by the Court and agreements between the ex-spouses.
Whether you and your spouse have reached agreements prior to coming to a lawyer or your divorce is highly disputed and requires litigation, our firm will represent your best interests. While our goal always is to reach a favorable outcome for our clients, we recognize that chasing unreasonable resolutions will only drag the process on unnecessarily. We will do what is necessary to protect our clients without compromising the integrity of our legal services.
"Legal Separation" is similar to divorce in that the current spouses' lives become legally separated. Legal separation does not, however, end a marriage or domestic partnership. Many of the same processes as for divorce must be undergone for a legal separation to be obtained. Assets may still need to be divided, parenting plans may need to be documented, and the Court can divide up the assets and change the parenting arrangements of both parties even if they have not yet completed a divorce.
If you are separated or contemplating a divorce; or your significant other has filed for divorce, you must seek your own competent legal counsel to advise you. A person who does not have their own divorce attorney when their ex-spouse does have their own lawyer is in a bad negotiating position. Make sure that if you or your spouse is contemplating a divorce, you speak with a qualified divorce attorney as early as possible to protect your legal rights and property.