Uncontested Divorce Lawyer in Washington State

What is Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is a type of divorce where spouses agree on all the major issues. There are usually some details to work through, but in an uncontested case an agreement is reached early on, typically before any paperwork is filed with the court.

This type of divorce allows couples to reach an agreement on all aspects of the divorce without going to court, including division of property, child custody and support, and spousal support. It’s an efficient and cost-effective way for couples to end their marriage if they can agree on the details.

An agreement can be reached informally between the spouses, through early mediation or by one spouse hiring an uncontested divorce attorney. Generally, an uncontested case means both spouses agreed to the divorce terms outside of the court system.

People refer to uncontested divorce in many ways such as agreed divorce, amicable divorce and mutual divorce. The common theme of each is a peaceful and low conflict divorce.

Choosing the Most Amicable Route

Conventional divorce is grueling and may take a toll on you emotionally and financially. Uncontested divorces are often much easier, both in terms of emotional and financial strain. With an uncontested divorce, both parties come to an agreement on all matters without the need for costly court proceedings or adversarial posturing. 

This can save time and money and reduce the emotional burden of a long, drawn-out court process. Additionally, having control over the terms of your divorce can make it less difficult on you emotionally as you have a greater say in how things will play out.

An uncontested divorce can be a better option when compared to conventional divorce due to its speed, reduced cost, and the relief of emotional stress it can offer couples going through a separation. It may not be suitable for every couple, but if there are no disagreements between spouses, it can be a much more amicable way to end the marriage. 

Ultimately, it’s important to consider all options when deciding which type of divorce is right for you.

Justin W. Aanenson, Attorney

Major Benefits of Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested divorce highlights

No Court Dates

In Washington, if you reach an agreement you can finalize your divorce without going to court. Uncontested divorces can be less emotionally taxing since there is no need for adversarial arguments or posturing between spouses. This speeds up the process and reduces costs.

Low Cost Solution

Uncontested divorces are typically much less expensive than contested ones since there is no need for costly court proceedings or lengthy negotiations between spouses. On average, contested divorce costs over $27,000, and an uncontested divorce costs less than 10% of that.

Fast Process

An uncontested divorce can be filed in as little as two weeks and processed by the court after the 90 day waiting period ends, versus the typical 6–12 month timeline for a contested divorce. Once an agreement is reached your paperwork can be ready and filed with the court in a few days.

What to expect from Uncontested Divorce

Common uncontested divorce questions

There are several benefits of hiring an uncontested divorce attorney. The legal process is complex, and there may be issues you have not considered or do not fully understand. A lawyer can help navigate the process, ensuring that all matters are handled correctly and in accordance with local laws.

 

Additionally, they can spot common issues, such as tax implications and connect you with other professionals to ensure you have the information needed to make the best decision possible. They can also negotiate on your behalf and help ensure you receive a fair settlement. Finally, an experienced attorney can provide guidance and emotional support during the divorce process.

You do not have to go to court if you file an uncontested divorce. However, in order to not have a court hearing you need to do one of two things.

 

Your first option is to can hire an attorney to finalize your uncontested divorce for you. In order to finalize an uncontested divorce locally, agreed orders need to be presented to a judge in ex parte court. In most counties your attorney can do this for you. However, if you have children you’ll still need to attend parenting classes before the case can be closed.

 

Alternatively, you can file your uncontested divorce by mail. This is a good option if you live in a Washington county that doesn’t allow an attorney to finalize the divorce without you or if you’d rather skip parenting classes.

 

Two Washington counties process divorce by mail and neither require court appearances. They also don’t require parenting classes. Once the court receives your forms in the mail they’ll set a review date. A judge will review your papers on that day without a hearing.

Most uncontested divorces in Washington take just over three months. However, in the majority of cases you’ll only need to budget a few days to work through them.

 

First, you need to reach an agreement, which is the step that is unpredictable. Finding common ground is the hardest part of divorce and can take time. The good news is once you have an agreement in place the paperwork can be prepared and filed within a few days.

 

After the paperwork is filed, the divorce is scheduled and will be finalized three months later. Washington imposes a 90 day waiting period on any newly filed divorce, whether agreed or not. This means that a judge can’t review your agreement until 90 days have passed. This waiting period accounts for the majority of the uncontested divorce timeline.

Expect to pay between $1000 and $3500 for your uncontested divorce. If you feel like your case is relatively simple you’ll be at the low end of that range. If you have a large family or complex assets the costs will be on the high side.

 

Children increase costs because of the importance of parenting plans and child support calculations. Complex property like real estate or pensions can increase costs as well, since extra steps need to be taken to divide those assets.

 

The nice thing about uncontested divorce is that the process is predictable. Because of this, your attorney should be able to give you an accurate estimate of the cost once they understand your situation. For more details on pricing, refer to our pricing page.

We service clients all across Washington including places such as: Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Renton, Lakewood, Federal Way, Tumwater, Lacey and South Bay.

Our three offices are located in Seattle, Olympia & Tacoma.

Testimonials & reviews

Sart
Sart
2024-05-17
A family law firm that often settles out of court with "win, win" solutions for all involved. Resolve the matter instead of fighting in court where only the lawyers win.
Kate Winterbottom
Kate Winterbottom
2024-05-02
Justin, the owner of Truce Law, is truly exceptional in every sense. His unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction and employee success sets him apart as a leader in the legal community. Justin goes above and beyond to ensure that each client receives personalized attention and support throughout the divorce or adoption process. His expertise in family law combined with his genuine empathy and understanding make him a trusted advocate for those navigating difficult life transitions. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Justin. Moreover, Justin's commitment to employee success is evident in the positive and supportive work environment he cultivates at Truce Law. By prioritizing the well-being and professional growth of his team, Justin ensures that every member is equipped to deliver exceptional service to clients. I have full confidence in Justin and his team to handle even the most complex family law matters with integrity, compassion, and skill. If you're seeking legal assistance for divorce or adoption, look no further than Justin and Truce Law. You'll be in the best hands possible.
Jeff Bloomfield
Jeff Bloomfield
2024-05-01
The team at Truce Law are conscientious and dedicated to truly serving their clients well. I would not hesitate to recommend Truce Law for your Family Law Needs.
Dan Peterson
Dan Peterson
2024-03-08
Breaking up is hard. I was an emotional wreck at times. The staff at Truce Law was compassionate and patient; they walked me through it. My opponent was vicious. Truce handled the negotiations with strength, competence, and dignity. Look no further.
David Singleton
David Singleton
2023-12-14
Truce Law is simply the best! Divorce is never easy for anyone but having them on your side makes it a whole lot easier! The team was always prompt, communicative and always had my best interests in mind. 10/10!
Stefanie Arnold
Stefanie Arnold
2023-08-07
Justin and staff were a great resource through my divorce, highly recommended
Hristiyan Kolev
Hristiyan Kolev
2023-05-26
First of all I would like to thank to Justin for his great work! My case was not easy (don’t want to use the word ugly), but thanks to Justin and his team I manage to win the case and being able to be with my child once again which was the goal from the beginning. The process of the divorce took more than a year and he and his team were with me the whole time. Very patient, persistent and knowledgeable. I will always recommend his service. Good luck to everyone out there.
Russ Krause
Russ Krause
2023-04-19
If you are looking for a friendly and knowledgeable as well as highly skilled legal team to help you through those family law issues that come up in life, then Truce Law is the place! Competent and friendly staff at all levels puts you at ease. Their rates are very competitive and they are always in communication with you to keep you on top of what they are doing. I highly recommend them to you.
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