Serving Divorce Papers

When a divorce is started in Washington, the other spouse has to be notified of the divorce action. This is done by serving him or her with a copy of the Summons and Petition, or 'divorce papers'. 'Service' means delivering a copy to them, and there are rules around how this must be done. Once your...

Do I Need My Spouse’s Signature For A Divorce?

While it certainly helps to have a spouse sign off on a divorce, in Washington you can still get divorced even if your spouse is uncooperative. That can happen in several different ways, depending on the actions your spouse takes or fails to take. If the two parties are able to agree to get divor...

What If I Don’t Know Where My Spouse Is?

Sometimes couples separate without taking any formal action to end their marriage. Then at some point (often years later), one spouse decides they want to be divorced, but no longer knows how to locate the other spouse....