How to Begin a Divorce in Washington State
If you and your spouse agree on getting a divorce, child-related issues and issues pertaining to division of property and debts, you can prepare your uncontested divorce using Washington Divorce Online. All the necessary divorce documents are prepared online.
Here are the steps to preparing your divorce petition online:
- Check to to see if you qualify to use Washington Divorce Online.
First, you must determine if you or your spouse meet the residency requirements allowing you to file for divorce in Washington State. Further, you and your spouse must be in agreement on important issues such as 1) alimony, 2) division of property and debts and if there are children, 3) child custody, 4) child support. If you and your spouse agree on these matters you will most likely qualify to prepare your divorce using Washington Divorce Online.
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If you have a contested divorce or have a dispute with your spouse regarding some issues, an online divorce may not be an option and you should consult with a divorce lawyer or a divorce mediator first.
- If you qualify, pay the processing fee and complete online questionnaire.
Online questionnaire consists of simple questions relating to you, your spouse, your marriage, your property/debts, and your children. Washington Divorce Online provides explanations and examples to assist you in answering each question. No legal knowledge or training is necessary in order to answer the questions.
- Print, sign, and file your divorce petition with the court.
Washington Divorce Online allows you to print the documents yourself or you may elect to have the documents delivered to you ready for signature. A set of step-by-step filing instructions is provided together with your Washington State divorce petition.
Your divorce is filed with the Superior Court in the county where either you or your spouse currently reside. You may also elect to file your divorce in Lincoln County by mail. Neither you or your spouse must live in Lincoln County in order to file in Lincoln County.