The Washington essential divorce checklist

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2023 | Family Law |

Even when getting a divorce is the right move, separating from your partner can be hurtful and challenging. However, thinking things through in advance and learning the basics of the divorce process in Washington State can make it more manageable.

Gather your financial records and itemize your belongings

You should immediately start gathering financial records such as bank statements, tax returns and bills. Then, make a detailed list of the assets and liabilities you have individually or jointly with your partner. This includes real estate, vehicles, jewelry, furniture, etc. The reason for this step is to ensure that you and your partner both know what assets are available for division in the divorce.

Choose a family law attorney or mediator

It is highly recommended that you seek legal representation if there is any dispute over property division, alimony, child custody, etc. You can choose to either hire a family law attorney who will represent you during the negotiations with your partner’s attorney or decide to go through mediation with an impartial third party like a skilled mediator. However, you may need a court date if mediation doesn’t work out.

Consider post-divorce finances

After finalizing your divorce, planning for your financial future is essential. Start by creating a budget to understand how much money you will need to live on each month and then determine what steps you need to take to secure a stable financial situation. You may also want to speak with a financial advisor about available investment options for single individuals.

It’s easier to deal with a divorce when you accept it and approach it in a practical and organized way. Take the time to gather your financial records, choose a mediator, attend any necessary court hearings and plan for post-divorce finances. You can have a better chance of protecting your rights and interests during this challenging process.