Are you considering divorce, or has your spouse served you with divorce papers? Either way, you probably have a lot of questions about the divorce process in Washington and how to get through it without sacrificing all of your time and money.
At Berner Law Group, PLLC, we take pride in giving our clients the information they need in clear language. As an example, here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions our attorneys get:
Do I Have To Give My Spouse Half Of My Assets?
Washington is a community property state. That means that when a couple gets divorced, there is a presumption that they must split up the community property equally, though this presumption can be rebutted. Community property, also known as marital property, includes anything acquired by you or your spouse during your marriage, such as your incomes and real estate you bought with part of that income.
Will I Have To Testify In Court?
It is unlikely. Like most civil court matters, the vast majority of divorces get settled before trial. The chances of your divorce ending up going to trial go up if you have complex assets to divide, such as a small business, or if custody is greatly disputed. Another risk factor is when one or both spouses drag out the proceedings to “get back” at each other. When both spouses are able to negotiate things like property division and child custody calmly and in good faith, a trial is rarely necessary.
If You Have More Questions, Our Lawyers Have the Answers
For answers to more divorce-related questions, contact Berner Law Group, PLLC, at 425-259-6533 to schedule an initial strategy session. Our office is in downtown Everett, and we serve clients throughout western Washington.