Divorce Paralegal Services WA State
Difference Between a Divorce (dissolution) and a Legal Separation
Divorce and legal separation documents are very similar because there is not much difference between the two in what they accomplish. First, lets define a divorce to a point, then list the main differences of a legal separation.
Divorce. The final documents filed to finalize a divorce address many issues, which includes property and debt division, maintenance support if any, custody and child support if their are children of the marriage. There are other things addressed such as name changes if desired. The documents to finalize your case cannot be entered in the court until at least 90 days have passed since filing all the initial documents that started your case.
Legal separation. A legal separation does almost the same thing a divorce does. However, you cannot remarry unless you convert the legal separation to a dissolution. There may be religious reason why they choose to be legally separated instead of divorced. Legal separation terminates the financial obligations and ties of marriage but allows the parties to remain married only. The documents to finalize your case can be entered in the court at least 60 days after the date of filing all of the initial documents that started your case. So, a legal separation is finalized potentially 30 days sooner.
In either case, you use our divorce and legal separation document preparation paralegal services.
The Basic Elements of Divorce, Where it Begins
Divorce agreed or not agreed. Being in agreement means you agree to all the terms of a divorce. It does not simply mean that you both agree to get divorced. You agree on what property each party gets specifically, as with debt too. You agree on every component of the maintenance support issue. You agree on custody and visitation of the children as well as all the components of child support. Agreed means you agree on everything, even who the petitioner will be and what county you will file in.
Divorce with or without children. The documents to be filed as well as the documents that begin your divorce are very different. Much more time is expended on a divorce with children, for there are many large documents that cover many details of the children or child. In short, divorces that in involve a child are much more complex.
Divorce and jurisdiction. Jurisdiction is a big topic. In short however, it means whether or not the court that you are in has the power to grant any of orders that you need. There is jurisdictional issues in regards to both parties (father and mother) as well as jurisdictional issues that involve property and children.
Divorce and venue. Venue is simply the location of the specific court. Venue can work with or against jurisdiction; meaning that a change in venue (where the court is at) could change whether or not the court has jurisdiction (power to do anything) over any or all of the issues. In short, you need to pick the right court, where you have jurisdiction and venue is the most correct.
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Local Availability Information:
Divorce and Legal Separation document preparation is available for most of Washington State for the surrounding counties of:
Clark, Pierce, King, and Snohomish County of Washington State.
Including the city areas of:
Paralegal document services for Seattle Bellevue Edmonds Bothell Renton Kirkland Kent Redmond Washington.