Seattle and Tacoma Divorce Attorneys

Representing clients in all aspects of divorce

Mark Johnson Family Law Attorney

Mark Johnson
Senior Family Law Attorney

Going through a divorce can be among the most difficult experiences of a person’s life. In addition to the loss of what is often an individual’s primary relationship, people who decide to end their marriages often lose their home, access to their children, and experience significant financial repercussions as well. Washington family law provides people who are married certain rights and responsibilities with respect to marital property, debts, and children, and it is extremely important for people who are considering ending their marriage to ensure that their divorce ends in the best way possible. With over 100 years of combined experience practicing law, the Dickson Frohlich law firm can help you with any matter related to divorce or another aspect of family law.


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Obtaining a Washington no-fault divorce

Washington law also refers to divorce as the “dissolution of marriage.” In order to obtain a divorce, a party to a marriage must file a summons for the other party and petition the court to dissolve the marriage. In Washington, a spouse does not need to show wrongdoing on the part of the other spouse, but rather that the relationship is “irretrievably broken.” As a result, this type of divorce is referred to as a “no-fault” divorce. Washington has a mandatory three-month waiting period, which means that at least 90 days must pass between the time that the summons is served on a spouse and the time when the judge signs a divorce decree.

Divorce can implicate a number of ancillary issues

Finalizing a Washington State divorce is rarely as simple as dissolving the legal marriage bond. Often, married couples have accumulated significant assets, started a business together, had children, or purchased a family home. Our attorneys can help ensure your rights are protected in all of these and other matters, including:

Property Division – Under Washington State law, property accumulated during a marriage may be either separate or community property, and its designation has a significant impact as whether it will be among the property that is divided between the couple. The types of assets that can be divided include bank accounts, business interests, real estate, and personal property.

Spousal support – Also referred to as “maintenance,” spousal support may be awarded in cases in which one party has a financial need and the other has an ability to pay. These determinations are often very fact specific, and the assistance of an attorney can have a significant impact on whether spousal support is awarded.

Contested child custody – In many cases, the issue of where children that the couple had together will live becomes a highly contested issue. Courts have wide discretion in awarding child custody, so it is important for people who are involved in a child custody dispute to present the strongest case possible on their behalf.

Restraining orders – Sometimes the breakdown of a marriage is precipitated by domestic abuse on the part of one or both spouses. In these cases, a person seeking a divorce may also want to obtain a restraining order against the other party in order to ensure their physical safety.

Contact a Seattle and Tacoma divorce law firm today for a FREE consultation

Divorce can be a difficult and confusing process, and no one should have to go through it alone. Our lawyers provide individualized and compassionate representation and counsel while aggressively defending your legal rights. We have offices in both Tacoma and Seattle and will help you bring your divorce case to the best resolution possible.