Clement Law Center - Federal Way Family Law Attorney
Free Initial Consultation
253-336-3607
Our office is open. At Clement Law Center, the safety and wellbeing of our clients and employees come first. In response to COVID-19, court hearings and all conferences with client and prospective clients will be by phone. We are not conducting in-person court hearings or meetings. Our staff will often be working remotely during this time. Our office will be checking voicemail and will return client calls as soon as possible. We continue to offer free phone consultations.
We offer a 25% discount to First Responders and Health Care Workers
bg-banner-blog
Quality Representation & Individualized Advocacy You Can Depend On

Why people may want to settle their divorce before trial

| Mar 6, 2020 | Uncategorized

By the time that some Washington couples decide to divorce, they may have a very contentious relationship. It might seem that they cannot speak to each other without arguing and it might seem that the only path to divorce is through a lengthy and contested trial. Couples divorcing more amicably often find it easier to reach a settlement between themselves, but even spouses in a higher-conflict relationship might find advantages to negotiating an agreement before going to trial. There are various concerns that people may keep in mind when determining their strategy to move forward with a divorce.

In the first place, many family court judges will strongly encourage the parties to a divorce to reach a settlement. This does not mean that the spouses would be left to work it out, with all of the emotional difficulties that might ensue. Both spouses’ family law attorneys may be part of the negotiation process, presenting proposals to address issues like child custody, property division and spousal support. For spouses who want to finalize the divorce quickly, a negotiated settlement may be an appealing option. People might be able to reach a settlement agreement within months, while a trial in family court may take a year or more.

Of course, a longer, more drawn-out process is also likely to be more expensive. Spouses might face court costs, elevated legal expenses and other costs, such as fees for expert witnesses and other professionals involved in the case. When the major disputes are financial, it may save money for both parties to reach a settlement instead.

A divorce trial might be necessary at times, particularly if one spouse is intransigent or abusive. In either situation, a family law attorney may help a divorcing spouse to develop a strategy and work to achieve a fair outcome on key matters.

Start Your Free Consultation

Our Office Locations

Federal Way Office
31919 1st Avenue South, Suite 103
Federal Way, WA 98003

Toll Free:888-351-6779
Phone: 253-336-3607
Fax: 253-815-8458
Federal Way Office Location

Seattle Office
3418 NE 65th St., Suite A
Seattle, WA 98115

Toll Free: 888-351-6779
Phone: 253-336-3607
Fax: 253-815-8458
Seattle Office Location

Bellevue Office
14777 NE 40th Street, Suite 206
Bellevue, WA 98007

Toll Free: 888-351-6779
Phone: 253-336-3607
Fax: 253-815-8458
Bellevue Office Location
FindLaw Network