Seattle and Tacoma Divorce Asset Division Lawyers

Working for a fair Division of Assets from Marriage for every client

One of the main issues in a divorce is often the division of property between the spouses. At the Dickson Frohlich, we understand how much you value the assets that you worked so hard to obtain during a marriage, and we work to ensure you receive a fair distribution of those assets.


Asset division in a community property state

When it comes to property division in a divorce, Washington is a “community property state.” This means that the court presumes that all property acquired by married couples or domestic partners during the duration of the marriage or partnership is jointly owned, or owned by the family “community.” This may include liquid assets, real estate, business interests, retirement accounts, and more. Community property will be divided between divorcing spouses, although some separate property may be subject to division in certain cases, as well.

Washington statute RCW 26.09.080 requires courts to divide assets in a manner that is “just and equitable.” Sometimes this means property is divided 50-50, but not always. First, the court must identify what is separate and community property, and then the court will examine several factors to decide how to equitably divide the property. Such factors include the following:

  • The amount and type of all community property;
  • The amount and type of all separate property;
  • The length of the marriage;
  • The economic situation of each spouse;
  • Whether it is preferable to award the family home to one spouse based on child custody;
  • Any other factor the court deems relevant in a particular case.

As you can see, there is no one formula for the division of assets from a marriage, as the factors will vary in each case. An attorney can make arguments based on your individual situation to ensure that the asset division is just and equitable in your divorce.

Contact an experienced property division attorney for a free 15-minute consultation

Property division determinations can be complex depending on the nature and extent of the community and separate property in your marriage. The committed attorneys and legal assistants at the Dickson Frohlich have over 100 combined years of experience in legal matters and know how the property division process works in Washington State.


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    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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    Robert P. Dickson

    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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    Mark S. Johnson

    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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    Daniel J. Frohlich

    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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    Chris Lindemeier

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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    Daniel Pizarro

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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    Alexander Wisbey

    Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

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    George Knight

    George is an honors graduate of Emory University School of Law. While there, George served on the Emory Law Journal as an Articles Editor.

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