Dividing property and debt can often become an extremely combative matter in a divorce. Assets and debts are shared in our state because Washington is considered a “community property state.” Making sure your assets and debts are distributed fairly can hinge on the quality of your legal counsel, so choose your attorney wisely.
We get it, thinking through financial practicalities around a divorce can be ruff...er...I mean, rough. Good news. It is possible to ask the court for prompt relief after filing for divorce or legal separation through a “temporary order.” Temporary orders address a variety of factors such as: finances (who pays bills, spousal maintenance, attorney fees, etc.), use of property, and parenting issues.
Washington provides that assets and debts are divided in an “equitable manner. This does not necessarily mean a 50/50 division. Our attorneys at Helland Law Group will work with you to determine what is likely to be considered “equitable, and how to best protect your interests.
Retirement and pension benefits earned during marriage are considered a community asset and are subject to division.
We can work with you to obtain records and other documentation to determine what assets your spouse might be holding. As the Office Dog at Helland Law Group, I’m probably biased, but I’d bet a month’s worth of Milk Bones that our attorneys lead the pack in performing discovery. “Discovery” is lawyer talk for flushing out hidden or concealed assets.
Possibly. Spousal maintenance is technically available to either spouse. Spousal maintenance is not mandatory but rather discretionary by the court — meaning the judge has wide authority to determine whether or not maintenance is right in your case, the amount awarded, and the length of the award. The judge will often consider certain factors set forth in statutes (laws enacted by the state), which include things like financial resources, length of marriage, standard of living, and the age and health of both parties.