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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Uncontested Divorce in Washington

The phrase "uncontested divorce" does not have any legal significance in Washington, it is merely the description of a dissolution action that is not being contested by the other side. There are basically two ways of achieving it. One is by the agreement of the parties up front. Both parties sign the Petitioner for Dissolution or a Joinder, indicating that they are in agreement (and therefore it is not being contested by the other party). While the parties are waiting for the mandatory 90 day waiting period before the decree can be entered, the responding party could change there mind, and then it can become contested. To avoid this from happening, the parties can enter into a Property Settlement Agreement, binding them to the terms that they have agreed upon.

The second way to achieve an uncontested divorce, is to file a Petition and serve it on the other party. If they fail to file a Response or respond in any way, an Order of Default can be entered against them, and then the Decree itself, according to the terms of the Petition that was filed.

The Renton law firm of Mogren, Glessner & Roti, represents clients in a variety of family law cases, including uncontested divorces and legal separations. We have 4 attorneys for you to chose from. Please visit our web page at Renton Divorce Site Map for more information.