Judge Signing Paper - When is My Divorce Final?

When Is My Divorce Final?

In Washington State, a divorce is final as soon as the court signs the Decree of Dissolution. The whole divorce process generally takes anywhere from 3 months to a year, and there is a minimum 90 day waiting period after the divorce has been filed and served. If the case needs to go to trial, the...
Judge Pro Tem - banging gavel

What Is A Commissioner or Judge Pro Tem?

First a brief explanation - Judges are elected positions, while Court Commissioners are hired by the Judges to taken on some limited judicial functions (like hearing Family Law Motions) to free the Judges up for trial work. A Judge or Court Commissioner Pro-Tempore is more commonly referred to as a...
Scales of Justice and Handshake - Better Divorce Litigation

Better Divorce Litigation

At Seattle Divorce Services, it has always been a goal to find ways to do things better. That includes our bread and butter - divorce litigation. What does 'better divorce litigation' mean? How can we strive for improvement? Better litigation means tailoring the approach to fit the case, NOT s...