If you and your spouse can agree upon a division of assets and debts, the Court will usually accept your proposal. If you can’t agree however, the Court will divide the property, with the Court required to make a division that is “fair, just, and equitable”. This is obviously a fairly vague standard, with the Court able to consider a wide range of factors such as the extent of property to be divided, whether some or all of the property is community or separate property, the duration of the marriage, and the economic circumstances of each spouse. Washington State is a “no fault” divorce state, so for the most part conduct such as adultery is not a factor in awarding property, although the Court may consider situations of asset hiding, wasting, or intransigence when deciding upon property division.
The law in this area is extremely flexible, so predicting how a Court will rule regarding property division can be difficult, with every case unique and requiring its own analysis. There is no one-size fits all calculation, but we will work together to analyze your family’s particular circumstances to ensure appropriate property division orders.