Understanding Legal Separation in Washington State

There is an option for couples experiencing marital problems that doesn’t involve divorce. This process is known as legal separation. Many couples opt to legally separate in lieu of divorce, so that they will have time to see if they can reconcile or because a divorce goes against their religious beliefs.  If you are considering separation from your spouse, you need to become familiar with the procedure.

A legal separation in Washington State allows a couple to formalize a separation while remaining legally married.  It is accomplished through a court order and is a legally binding consent decree.  Legal separation is not a requirement before filing for divorce and many couples are able to reconcile during this time.

One of the most common reasons couples choose to pursue a legal separation with the court is that it allows them to make financial arrangements, such as deciding who will pay the bills and who will retain certain property and possessions.  When the court is involved in the separation, temporary arrangements are made for the following:
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Child visitation schedule
  • Division of assets and debts

Choosing to legally separate is not an easy decision to make.  If you are considering divorce or legal separation, you should contact an experienced Seattle family and divorce lawyer who can guide you through this difficult process.  At the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny, we understand that this time more than ever is when you need to have someone by your side, looking out for your best interests.  Our law firm provides personal attention to each and every one of our clients.

To find out how we can help you, contact us today at (425) 460-0550. We represent clients in the Washington area, including King County and Snohomish County.
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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