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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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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Rebecca Corcoran

As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Rebecca is active in the firm’s business law department. She can help with entity formation, intellectual property, as well as any necessary litigation involving your business’s needs

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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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Reed Speir

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Reed Speir has lived in the Tacoma area since 1994. Reed earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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