Briefcase Informed Divorce - sponsored by Flexx Law, P.S.

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  Saving Your Marriage
  Washington State Law
· Petition
· Separation Agreements & Temporary Orders
· Mediation
· Final Decree
· Modification
  Choose your Attorney
  Working with your Attorney
  Save $ On Your Divorce
  Financial Planning
  Your Career Goals
  Ask the Professionals
  How to Negotiate
  Emotional Side of Divorce
  Bringing It All Together - Professional Team Work
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  King County Resources
  Suggested Reading
  International Family Law
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The Legal Process - Petition

A divorce is started by filing and serving a Summons and Petition. By filing, we mean sending these documents to the court files. Service means delivering to your spouse in a formal fashion proscribed by court rules. Once both of these things have been accomplished, you must then wait ninety days until you can get your final divorce.

A divorce is called a "dissolution" in this state. When you file, the clerk will give you a case schedule. This is a listing of events that will happen in your case before you get your final decree and the dates by which they must be accomplished.

You will notice from this case schedule that your trial date (should you progress to trial, and not everybody does) is almost one year away from your filing date. Do not misunderstand what a trial date is. A trial date is the date at which a judge will decide all the issues that remain unresolved in your divorce. It is not the same thing as going before a judge with an agreed divorce decree settling all the issues. The latter you can obtain after ninety days.

The ninety days is intended to provide you with a cooling off period where you can decide whether or not you really do wish to have a divorce.