What If I My Spouse Wants A Divorce, But I Dont?

Washington is a “no fault” divorce state, which means that you do not have to legally prove that one spouse is to blame for the end of the relationship or that one spouse is responsible for the divorce. To get divorced in Washington, one spouse simply has to state that the marriage is irretrievably broken.

Unfortunately, only one spouse needs to file for divorce, and a divorce can take place even if the other spouse wants to continue the marriage. Very simply, if one party wants out, they can get out. If you do not want to divorce but your spouse does, there is not much you can do besides attempting to talk through your issues and review your other options (marriage counseling or separation, for example). While you can delay the divorce by being uncooperative, there are several reasons not to take this path – not the least of which is that delaying court proceedings won’t likely make your spouse change their mind about leaving the relationship.

Divorce can be complicated, both legally and emotionally. If your spouse has asked for a divorce or filed for divorce, speak with a Seattle divorce attorney today to discuss your options for moving forward.
Molly B. Kenny
Founder and Principal Divorce Attorney
Molly B. Kenny's Bellevue family law office is conveniently located on Lake Bellevue Drive, making it easily accessible to those in the greater Seattle area. Our divorce and child custody lawyers help men and women get the information, guidance, and compassionate representation they need.
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