Seattle and Tacoma Real Estate and Divorce Attorneys

Assisting clients in solving real estate disputes related to divorce

When divorcing spouses cannot agree on the division of real estate, the resulting disputes can be lengthy, costly, and emotionally charged. At the Dickson Frohlich, we understand how to minimize the costs and stress of real estate disputes in a divorce and still ensure that you receive a fair outcome. If you are facing a divorce and own real estate, PLEASE CALL ONE OF OUR OFFICES NOW AT (206) 621-1110 OR (253) 572-1000 FOR A FREE 15-MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION.

What happens to the family home in a Washington divorce?

One of the most important assets to a married couple is usually the family home. You and your spouse likely carefully chose that real estate, and the home likely holds emotional as well as financial value. For this reason, one of the primary points of contention in a divorce is which spouse—if any—gets to keep the family home. If you and your spouse are unable to agree on the fate of the family home, the determination will be up to the courts.

Washington is a “community property” state, which means that even if only one spouse purchased the home during the marriage, the court will likely presume the home to be owned by both spouses. The court can examine many factors when dividing such property, including whether one spouse will have primary custody of any children and whether it is in the best interest of the children to remain in their family home. The court may order one of the following:

  • That one spouse retains ownership of the real estate and buys out the other spouse’s share.
  • That one spouse retains ownership of the real estate and awards the other spouse other types of community property, such as investments or other assets, to balance out the real estate.
  • That the real estate is sold and the spouses equitably divide any proceeds.

Solving real estate disputes on your own terms

Leaving real estate division determinations up to the judge can greatly increase the cost of your divorce and may cause significant delays as you argue it out in court. In order to limit costs and time spent on your divorce, we encourage alternative methods of dispute resolution. For example, mediation can provide a safe environment for you and your spouse to attempt to settle real estate disputes without turning to the courts. Additionally, pursuing a collaborative divorce under the Washington State Uniform Collaborative Law Act (Chapter 7.77 RCW) can help eliminate litigation as a solution to real estate disputes in divorce.

Contact a Seattle and Tacoma divorce attorney for assistance today

At the Dickson Frohlich, we will explore every option to solve real estate disputes in your divorce case and will always have your best interests in mind, including keeping the costs of divorce as low as possible.


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    Attorney Thomas L. Dickson

    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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    Attorney Robert P. Dickson

    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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    Attorney Daniel J. Frohlich

    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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    Attorney Mark S. Johnson

    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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    Attorney Daniel E. Pizarro

    Daniel E. 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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    Attorney George Knight

    George Knight

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, George is active in the firm’s civil litigation and transactional departments. His practice is mainly centered around business law, real estate law, construction law, employment law, and probate law.

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    Attorney Chris J. Lindemeier

    Chris J. 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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    Attorney Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander J. 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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    Attorney Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer is an associate attorney at Dickson Frohlich where her current practice focuses on real estate law, contract and commercial disputes, and business law.

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    Attorney Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria is an Associate with Dickson Frohlich PS in the civil litigation department, where she practices primarily real estate and probate law.

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    Attorney Alex J. Britain

    Alex J. Britain

    Since becoming an attorney, Alex Britain has practiced extensively in the areas of estate planning, probate, and civil litigation, especially related to probate issues.

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    Attorney Katherine E. Baals

    Katherine E. Baals

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Katherine practices in a range of areas, including real estate, construction, business, and civil litigation.

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