Kennewick Divorce Lawyer
Helping Residents of the Tri-Cities End Marriages on Their Terms
Going through a divorce can be one of the most significant events of a person’s life. This complex ordeal involves a slew of legal paperwork, long waiting periods, a significant amount of money, decisions that often make one or more parties highly emotional, and other unpleasant and contentious matters. Though no one ever wants to endure a divorce, sadly many married people do—roughly 39% of all U.S. marriages end in divorce. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that’s about 2.9 divorces for every 1,000 marriages.
At Tri-Cities Family Law, we understand both the legal challenges and emotional hardships that come with divorce. Our Kennewick divorce attorney and her legal team always strive to provide clients with both the results they want and the compassionate and personalized attention they need to get through ending a marriage. We can assist you with all aspects of your divorce, including child support, parenting plans, and more.
Representation in All Areas of Divorce
Ending a marriage involves far more than just a breakup. You and your former spouse must decide what to do about your shared assets and the impact the separation will have on your children and others who are close to you. We understand the complexities of divorce as well as the fact that no two are alike, which is why we provide a myriad of solutions tailored to you and your specific needs. Issues related to your divorce can be resolved through mediation or litigation.
We are equipped to handle every aspect of your case as well as matters related to divorce, including:
If you and your partner would like to explore other options for ending your relationship, such as legal separation, we are happy to assist you with alternatives. We are also available to help with all kinds of non-traditional types of divorce, including gray divorce, international divorce, LGBT+ divorce, and high conflict divorce.
How to File for Divorce in Washington
Typically, you must have a legal reason or “grounds” to file for divorce. Washington is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning you do not need a specific reason, such as infidelity, to file for a "dissolution of marriage” as the process is officially known by state law. However, at least one of the married parties must be a current resident of Washington State to qualify for a divorce. Only one member of the couple must believe the marriage is beyond repair for the courts to grant a divorce, meaning that you can still successfully file even if the other party contests the decision.
To file for divorce in Washington, you must complete certain procedures and paperwork including:
- Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
- Confidential Information Form
- Vital Statistics Form
- Serving divorce papers
- Financial disclosures
- Divorce court or mediation
After filing and serving the petition for divorce, you must wait at least 90 days before entering “final orders,” the last stage of the process. If you and your spouse both have agreed to end the marriage, you can enter the final orders stage right after the 90-day waiting period ends. However, if you and your spouse cannot agree—or you are having trouble locating your former partner—your divorce can easily take much longer to finalize than 90 days.
Streamline the Process by Working with a Local Divorce Attorney
Our legal team will be with you every step of the way during your divorce, helping you to fill out paperwork and ensuring the legal procedures are carried out currently and on time. We will also represent you during any necessary legal proceedings, including mediation and litigation. Our aim is to provide the legal help you need while also being respectful of the impact this daunting situation has on you and your family. Whatever it is you need, the Tri-Cities Family Law team will be by your side. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need advice or other legal help.
If you are considering filing for divorce in Washington, contact us now to schedule a consultation.
“Tri-Cities Family Law is absolutely wonderful and their team is thoughtful, kind, and understanding. Kari Hayles-Davenport is amazing and took me on at the 11th hour, did her full due diligence and stood up for me knowing all facts and mattes of the case.”- Talia W.
“She fought hard and got me joint custody.... if you're reading this thank you so much my daughter is so happy.....thank you thank you thank you”- Former Client
“They care very much and make it all easier to deal with, family heartache, etc, I appreciate the way they have handled my stress, divorce, parenting plans, mediation, etc.”- Lori G.
Our team is prepared to go the extra mile for you. Contact the family law attorneys at Tri-Cities Family Law now to learn more during a confidential consultation.(509) 320-4899