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Legal Separation Attorney in Washington State

What is a legal separation?

A legal separation is a process that allows a couple to separate, while remaining legally married. The separation is filed at a Washington county’s superior court and similar to divorce, spouses make many of the same major decisions. For example, spouses will divide assets, create parenting plans and work out support.

While relatively uncommon, legal separation can be the best choice under the right circumstances. Legal separations can ensure that one spouse is not liable for the actions of another, a spouse still has access to healthcare, and couples have time to transition into separation before divorce.

Common questions about Legal Separation

In order to file for legal separation you’ll need to prepare a petition for legal separation, along with a confidential information form and certificate of legal separation. Take this paperwork to your local courty superior court or mail it to the clerk’s office at Wahkiakum or Lincoln County. You’ll need to pay the filing fee, which should be between $314 and $324 dollars, depending on the county.

 

Once the case is filed and assuming you’ve agreed on the major issues, you will be able to present the final documents to a judge in ex parte court shortly after. If you’re represented by an attorney your attorney can finalize the legal separation right away. If you filed pro se, you can schedule a time to see the judge at the family law facilitator’s office. Before your court date you’ll want to be sure to complete any required court classes and have your final documents in order.

A legal separation will not automatically turn into a divorce after a set amount of time. This means that there is no maximum amount of time you can be legally separated.

 

Once approved by a court, a legal separation must be in place for a minimum of six months. However, spouses can agree to have it in place for a longer time period.

 

After the minimum time period expires either spouse can request the court convert the legal separation into a divorce. The conversion is a simple process and can be done by completing a couple forms and setting a hearing for court review.

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2024-05-17
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Kate Winterbottom
Kate Winterbottom
2024-05-02
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Jeff Bloomfield
2024-05-01
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Dan Peterson
2024-03-08
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David Singleton
David Singleton
2023-12-14
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Stefanie Arnold
Stefanie Arnold
2023-08-07
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Hristiyan Kolev
2023-05-26
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Russ Krause
2023-04-19
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