Washington Legal Separation Attorney
Helping Clients File for Legal Separation
Legal separation actions are fairly uncommon. In some instances, however, legal separations are beneficial alternatives to divorce actions. As part of a legal separation, the court still enters orders affecting finances and property, child support, and parenting.
McKinley Irvin's experienced Washington legal separation lawyers can assist you with formulating and executing the best course of action in these circumstances.
Call a separation lawyer at (206) 625-9600 to discuss whether legal separation is right for you.
What is Legal Separation?
Legal separation actions deal with the same issues that couples attempt to resolve in a divorce, such as:
- Child custody and parenting plan issues
- Child support
- Property and debt distribution
- Spousal maintenance
The major difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that the parties remain legally married.
Does Legal Separation Always End in Divorce?
No, separation does not always lead to divorce. Couples who enter into legal separation agreements can remain separated indefinitely.
However, a couple can request that the separation be converted into a decree of divorce. The only stipulation for converting a decree of separation in Washington is that six months must pass from the court's entry of the separation decree. Once the new decree is entered, the marriage will be dissolved.