Divorce versus Legal Separation; what is the difference? In a divorce your marriage is dissolved, property and debts are divided, child residency and support is established and things like alimony/maintenance and restraining orders are ruled on. In a legal separation the court does the same thing except your marriage is not dissolved. Your finances are completely separated and one of you pays child support for any dependent children of the marriage. A legal separation protects your property from any debts your spouse may incur after the separation without actually getting a divorce from your spouse, which may be against your religion.
As soon as your paperwork is filed with the court the decree of legal separation can be signed by the court, so long as both parties are in agreement (uncontested).
With this kit one party will need to file the documents and appear in court regardless if both parties are in agreement.
Your legal separation lasts until one of you converts it to a divorce, the petitioner dismisses it or one of you dies. The legal separation cannot be converted to a divorce until 6 months have passed since the date of the signing of the decree of legal separation.
If you purchase this kit and find yourself overwhelmed by the process you may upgrade to our full service and we will credit you the cost of this kit towards the service fee.
This kit maybe used for residents of the following Washington State Counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman, Yakima
If you would like to have us complete your documents this service is available through the internet or by appointment at our Federal Way Office. All Washington residents may file their case in Lincoln or Wahkiakum County and avoid a court appearance and everything is filed through the mail. With our office appointment option we do the filing for you. With our internet option we give you detailed instructions of how and where to file. You can select from one of the links below to learn more and start the process. If you have questions during the process call us at (253) 946-0325 or click on the Live Chat button below.
To view divorce, legal separation and annulment services provided by paralegals, please see Divorce Services .