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Even though the relationship between you and your spouse has changed and you may no longer be living together, until you are legally divorced, you are still married. The legal ramifications of being married vary from state to state, but generally speaking, until you are divorced you and your spouse have certain rights and obligations to one another. In general, until you are divorced not only can you not remarry but also anything you obtain may be subject to a claim of ownership, in whole or in part, by your spouse, and the future ownership of assets and property already obtained may be unclear.
Washington Divorce Laws (Grounds, Filing Process, Property, Support, Custody)
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Hire a Washington Divorce Lawyer or MediatorIf your divorce is contested and/or you need legal advice, you will most likely be hiring a divorce Lawyer or Mediator to begin your Washington divorce proceedings. All it takes is making a phone call to set up an initial consultation, which is often offered free of charge.
According to Washington divorce laws, the responding spouse has 20 days to reply if residing in Washington or 60 days to respond if living outside the state. The divorce paperwork must be filed and served upon the other spouse for more than 90 days before the judge signs the Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. This 90-day waiting period is a cooling off time.
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