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Friday, December 4, 2009

Preparation for Moving Out of Home in Washington Separation


If you are about to move out of the family home, the following list are some suggestions of actions to take in advance:

  1. Take your name off the lease. If your landlord is unaware of the separation and your spouse doesn’t pay the rent, then you will be held liable for anything that is past-due.

  2. Take your name of the utilities (gas, electric, phone, cable, trash, paper, etc.). The same reason as above applies.

  3. Forward your mail to a post office box or to a close friend or relative.

  4. Make note of all address, phone numbers, and account information on mortgages, bank and credit accounts, insurance policies, pension accounts, and any other financial paperwork you will need.

  5. Make copies of all tax records for the past six years. Realize that State and Federal tax agencies are not parties to a separation or divorce, so if there are back taxes owed, you will still be legally responsible for the debt.

  6. Put a freeze on all joint credit accounts. Since you are legally responsible for the debt, you don't want to be paying for his spending spree when he fails to pay on the account. (This will not release you from liability of existing balances on credit cards).
  7. List what is in safety deposit boxes ( it's also wise to take a picture of the contents), and take any personal items.

  8. Pack up what you need, and anything you may want later, such as:
  • clothing, shoes, and coats

  • pictures, books, and movies, family heirlooms and mementos

  • medicine, make-up, hair dryer, curler

  • school and medical records, address book, journal

  • furniture and appliances, dishes, pots, utensils, food

  • bedding, towels, and bath supplies, cleaning supplies

  • hones, computer, office supplies

  • grill, outdoor equipment, tools, recreation and sports gear
The Renton law firm of Mogren, Glessner & Roti, represents clients in a variety of family law cases, including divorces and legal separations. We have 4 attorneys for you to chose from. Please visit our web page at Talk to Divorce Lawer for more information.

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.