Vancouver Divorce Lawyers
Filing for Divorce in Clark County, WA? Call Pacific Cascade for Experienced Counsel!
Divorce is never easy — but it is far less overwhelming with the right divorce attorney on your side. Here at Pacific Cascade Legal, our team approaches every case with the intent of building real relationships and getting results that make our clients' futures better.
Our divorce attorneys in Vancouver, WA are committed to:
- Building Relationships
- Acting with Integrity
- Getting Results
- Looking to the Future
Does this sound like a good fit for you as you seek to get a divorce and be able to move on in life? Get in touch with our divorce firm in Vancouver, WA today to schedule a consultation!
On This Page:
- What Does a Divorce Involve?
- Why You Need a Divorce Attorney
- How to File for Divorce in Vancouver, WA
- How to Respond to a Divorce
- Types of Divorce Washington State
- What Is a Separation Agreement in Washington State?
- Gray Divorce – What Is It?
- Contact Us Today
At Pacific Cascade Legal, our divorce lawyers in Vancouver, WA are experienced in the wide spectrum of issues that arise during a divorce & other family law matters. These issues include, but are not limited to:
- Child Custody
- Custody Modification
- Parenting Time / Visitation
- Child Support
- Contested & Uncontested Divorce
- Complex / High Asset Divorce
- Business-Owner Divorce
- Military Divorce
- Dissolution of Domestic Partnership
- Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders
- Enforcement of Orders
- Fathers' Rights & Mothers' Rights
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Property Division
- Spousal Support
- Step-Parent & Independent Adoptions
To put it simply, the divorce process in Washington State is extremely complex and, without the counsel and representation of a divorce lawyer, it is not likely that you will get the best results. This is true in all types of divorce, but especially in contested cases.
Divorce is not something you should go through alone. You need a divorce lawyer to:
- Help you to understand your options and make informed decisions on what is best for you
- Protect your children, property, and assets
- Advocate for your rights and interests throughout the divorce process
- Prevent legal mistakes that could damage your and your family's future
- Take the weight of the legal process off your shoulders so that you can focus on caring for yourself and your family
- Fill out the required divorce forms
- File your divorce papers at your local courthouse
- Pay the filing fees for dissolution (divorce) in Clark County, WA
- Serve copies of your divorce papers to your spouse
In Washington State, the recipient spouse, called the "Respondent," has to respond to the divorce summons and petition:
- Within 20 days if served in-person
- Within 60 days if served outside of Washington State
- Within 90 days if served by mail
Failure to respond to a divorce summons and petition in time could result in a divorce by default, where the divorce moves forward and is finalized without the Respondent's involvement.
Washington State is a "no-fault" divorce state, meaning that you don't have to provide any reason or "grounds" for getting a divorce other than "irreconcilable differences." Washington is also an "equitable distribution" state, meaning that all marital property is to be divided equitably rather than 50/50.
Your divorce in Vancouver, WA will either be contested or uncontested. Contested divorce cases occur when the spouses are not in agreement either about getting a divorce or about one or more aspects of the divorce, whether how the property should be divided or who should have custody of the children. These cases will have to be litigated in court, which involves higher expenses due to court and attorney fees, as well as a longer time-frame due to busy court schedules, etc.
Uncontested divorce cases occur when the spouses are in agreement about getting a divorce and are also able to come to an amicable agreement regarding each aspect of their divorce.
Uncontested divorces can be achieved through:
- Collaborative law
- Divorce by agreement
- Divorce by default
In Washington state, a separation agreement is a legal document that outlines the terms of a separation between two married individuals. This agreement can be used as an alternative to divorce or as a precursor to divorce proceedings.
A separation agreement may be used by individuals who no longer want to live as spouses but also don't want to divorce. This is a good option if you aren't sure that you and your spouse's relationship will end in divorce, but you need time apart and need to draft up some guidelines surrounding things like property division, child custody, and spousal support in the interim.
The primary difference between a separation agreement and a divorce is that divorce is final, while separation agreements aren't and can be reversed if needed.
"Gray divorce" is on the rise, but what is gray divorce? Simply put, it's the divorce of a couple over the age of 50. Statistics show a marked increase – 100% from 1990 to 2015 – in divorce rates for people age 50 and older, and an even higher increase of couples over the age of 65.
Common reasons for gray divorce include:
- Growing apart / "irreconcilable differences"
- Finance & money management issues
- Infidelity / cheating
- Substance addiction
- Improved life expectancy rates
If you are over the age of 50 and are considering a "gray divorce," then you may have significant assets and property to think about. Our divorce lawyers in Vancouver, WA are experienced with gray divorces and can help you protect your interests.
Are you looking for the best divorce attorney to represent you? Consider Pacific Cascade Legal – we put our clients and their futures first! Get in touch with us right away to set up a consultation and find out exactly how we can help you take that first step toward a brighter future.
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