Can I delay my Washington divorce proceedings?

The court may reschedule or pause the divorce proceedings if there is a good reason to do so. However, when you wish to delay or stop your Washington divorce, it is important to ask yourself why you want to do so and what the delay will accomplish. You may also wish to speak with your Seattle divorce lawyer about why you may need more time before finalizing your divorce.

 

You must realize that although you may be able to delay your divorce, you cannot stop a divorce as long as your spouse wants to move ahead with it.

 

There are a number of valid reasons to delay a divorce or reschedule a court hearing (request a continuance):

 

  • You need more time to seek legal advice or legal counsel.
  • You would like to collect more evidence.
  • You will not be able to make an appearance on the court date.
  • You need more time to prepare.

 

The sooner you ask for a delay, the more likely you are that it will be granted.

 

If you would like to delay the divorce to try to work on your marriage, the divorce process may be able to be delayed as long as both parties agree that they would like to try reconcile through family counseling or mediation.

 

It is not advised to seek to delay your divorce simply because you do not wish to get divorced, because you would like to inconvenience your spouse, or because of a financial reason.

 

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