1. Complete divorce forms:
Under Washington law, the petitioner must fill out several documents in order to file for divorce. These documents include a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Summons, and Confidential Information Form. The forms must be filled out with information regarding both spouses, such as their legal names, addresses, and any minor children they may have together. Additionally, the petitioner should also provide information about which marital assets they are seeking in the divorce and how each spouse intends to divide up those assets.
2. File divorce papers with the court:
Once all the above-mentioned paperwork is completed, it must be filed with the county court where either spouse lives or works. This filing process typically requires a small fee that is dependent on each state's regulations so it’s important to check the local laws beforehand. Additionally, once these documents are filed with the court, it is important for both parties to keep copies of them so that there is proof of filing if needed down the road.
3. Serve your spouse with the divorce papers:
After filing all necessary paperwork with the court, the next step is to formally serve your spouse with all of these documents. Depending on individual circumstances and state regulations, this can be done in person or by mail through a third party service provider such as a private process server or sheriff’s office in most cases. In Washington State specifically, you must use an authorized process server who can sign an affidavit confirming that they legally served your spouse with divorce papers.
4. Sign and file final divorce documents:
After all steps leading up to this point are completed and agreed upon by both parties involved in the marriage dissolution (or decided by a judge), then remaining paperwork can be finalized and signed by both spouses as well as their attorneys (if applicable). This includes final settlement agreements outlining division of assets and other financial issues related to marriage dissolution; Release of Claims form confirming that all issues related to marriage dissolution have been settled; and Decree of Dissolution of Marriage which officially terminates the marriage contract under state law. Once all these documents have been signed off on by both parties involved (and attorneys if applicable), then it is time to file them once again with county court where either spouse lives or works prior to being considered legally divorced in Washington State according to its laws.