Family Law

Matters involving domestic relationships fall under the category of family law. This can include things like:

  • Civil unions
  • The dissolution of a marriage (divorce)
  • Legal separation
  • Adoption and guardianship
  • Child support and custody
  • Parenting Plans

If you're tackling one of the above situations, we know how all over the place your emotions can be. It's not uncommon to experience feelings of excitement, hope, doubt, and stress all at the same time. The Law Office of Daniel J. Smith can help you navigate the experience.

Searching the internet can provide an overwhelming amount of information full of advice and tips on what your next steps should be. As you search, keep in mind that cases vary from one family to the next and can be as unique as your very personality. For that reason, we encourage you to give us a call and set up a free consultation. By getting in touch with us, you can receive tips and guidance specifically catered to your situation. We'll also be an aid in helping you discover how much it approximately cost to move forward and figure out just how long the whole ordeal will take.

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What to Expect with a Divorce

There are three steps to getting your divorce underway in the state of Washington. The first step is coming to the conclusion that this is, in fact, what you really want to do. Washington is a no-fault state. This means that if one or both married parties believes the marriage is broken beyond repair, the state will grant a dissolution of the legal bond without either party having to prove the breakup was the other person's fault.

Once you make the decision that you actually want to move forward with a divorce, the next step is to file. You'll need to prepare a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, which is something your attorney can do for you. Be sure that the petition is filed in accordance with the regulations set by the county where you or your spouse lives.

The final step is to serve your spouse with the divorce papers and a summons. The person serving the papers can be you, someone you know, or a professional service. Another option is to serve your spouse via mail or publication. This option is usually used when the spouse being served cannot be contacted or won't accept being served personally. After your spouse is served, your attorney will file the completed Service Accepted or Proof of Personal Service forms from the court.

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In terms of a divorce, the information presented here is just the beginning. There are several other factors that you must consider and many more steps to take before the divorce is official. Topics like what to do during the required 90-day waiting period, child custody, and spousal support among others are all areas we can help you sift through.

Seattle, Washington Area Family Law Attorneys

If you're ready to take the next step in getting divorced, or if you have another family law matter you need our help with, don't hesitate to give us a call. The Law Office of Daniel J. Smith proudly serves the greater Seattle area. Schedule a consultation today.