What Is No Fault Divorce?

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Divorce is a regrettable situation. It is hard on everyone involved, parents, children, grandparents and friends. Having a “no-fault” divorce is one way for it to be just a little less difficult. This means no blame or wrongdoing is placed on either party for the dissolution of the marriage. Common reasons referring to this type of divorce include “irreconcilable differences” and “incompatibility.” If there is a “best case scenario” for divorce, a no fault divorce is it.

One of the two parties must file a summons (the petitioner) and petition. In the petition, the petitioner will recite basic facts about the marriage, including parenting issues, (if applicable), how to divide all assets/debts and spousal and/or child support. The respondent has 20-60 days to agree or offer a different proposal. This back and forth can take a considerable amount of time and expense. However, when (and if) both parties agree on the terms of the divorce, a final divorce settlement agreement is reached and various paperwork is completed and filed. The actual divorce may take place any time after a minimum of 90 days from the date of petition, and only one spouse need go to the court for the final hearing.

Eagle Law Offices, P.S. offers flat fee services.  In most instances, flat fees are a good way for our clients to save money on their legal fees.  Rather than pay an attorney a billable hourly rate, the flat fee is a one-time payment for all legal services covered per the flat fee agreement. The client knows his or her fee in advance and does not need to worry about a legal bill every month.  The duration of most flat fees (the time the law firm agrees to represent the client) ranges from sixty to ninety days. Flat fees make it possible for clients, who otherwise cannot afford expensive retainers, to access legal counsel and superior representation. Eagle Law Offices, P.S. works with our clients to establish affordable retainers. Eagle Law Offices, P.S. accepts MasterCard, Visa or Discover.

Attorneys emphasizing in Family Law in Bellevue at Eagle Law Offices, P.S. can help you with your no-fault divorce. Call us today at (206)426-6961 to schedule a free telephonic consultation.

 

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