Facing the prospect of a divorce can be stressful. Between the emotional and legal considerations, you may not know where to start.

Divorce attorney Dorothy Bartholomew and our team can help you through the divorce process and, if necessary, represent you in court.

Do you need a lawyer on your side just yet? 

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Three Factors to Consider  Before Calling a Lawyer

Your Role in the Challenges 

No matter what your issues are, consider the possibility that you may have contributed, consciously or subconsciously, to the challenges you and your partner are facing. It is critical to analyze your role in the issue before seeking a divorce. 

If the Marriage Can Be Saved 

It is also important to consider if you are still willing to give the marriage another shot. An unhappy marriage and an unsalvageable marriage are two very different things. If you and your partner are willing to work together, you may not want to end your marriage. But if the situation is unsalvageable, the best thing to do is call a divorce attorney. 

Whether You Met Someone Else 

Seeking a divorce because you met someone new can be very confusing. Having another person in the picture will make it difficult for you to sort out your feelings. Everything your partner says or does will irritate you, while the new person will appear like the savior. But comparing a new relationship to your marriage is a big mistake. If you're not sure how you feel, give yourself some space from your marriage and the new person

Take the Next Step

If you have considered these factors and are still sure that you want to end your marriage, take the next step and contact a divorce attorney. Remember that your happiness is what matters the most.

Reasons to Hire  a Divorce Lawyer

Protect Your Best Interests 

During a divorce, property and debt division are among the most stressful challenges. On your own, you run the risk of unjustly and disproportionately dividing your assets. An attorney can help you ensure that equitable distribution by helping you divide your assets in a fair, equitable way. 

Plan Your Future 

Divorce lawyers also help arrange future spousal support, alimony, child custody, child support, and visitation rights. Because these arrangements can affect you for many years to come, getting professional help from a knowledgeable attorney is instrumental to your long-term quality of life

Receive Unwavering Support 

A divorce is a stressful and emotional time for your entire family, so you need an unbiased party on your side who can provide guidance and support throughout the entire process. Our compassionate team also has six "puppy helpers" on-site to help you feel comforted during your time in our office. 

Our firm can assist you with virtually all aspects of a divorce...

  • Child Support 
  • Parenting Plans 
  • Post-Judgment Modifications 
  • Visitation Rights 

We know that divorces are difficult to navigate and you may feel overwhelmed, but our team will be with you every step of the way. 

Unfortunately, divorces are extremely common...

There are some scenarios where, in spite of your best efforts to save your marriage, divorce may be the best option. 

*According to the American Psychological Association.

Our team can also guide you through state-specific considerations...

Washington State ​Has Unique Laws Concerning Divorce

No-Fault State

In Washington, you do not have to prove that your spouse did something wrong in order to file for divorce. Additionally, only one spouse has to want a divorce in order to begin the process. 

Community Property State

Any assets, property, or debt acquired during the course of the marriage is considered to belong to both spouses

Fair and Equitable Distribution State 

While "50-50" states divide property in half during a divorce, Washington law requires that property is divided in a manner that is fair to both spouses

Get the Help You Need Advice from a Compassionate Divorce Attorney

When you get married to the love of your life, you are not planning to get a divorce in the future. Before you decided to say ‘I do,’ you must have felt like that person was the one for you. However, due to imperfections and irreconcilable differences, you may now feel like it's time to end your marriage with your partner.

At this point, different thoughts and emotions will be running through your head, and you may not be thinking clearly. All you'll want to do is to call a divorce attorney in Tacoma to start the process of dissolving your marriage.

Hold on, don't place that call yet. Just like a marriage, divorce is a big step that will change your life forever.

Reflecting on yourself and other parties involved will help you determine what to do next. You may find out that you still love your partner at the end of the day.

Dorothy Bartholomew

Dorothy Bartholomew

Dorothy Bartholomew has been practicing law since 1991. Joined by her associate Jada Wood, Ms. Bartholomew has handled over 8,500 cases. She is also a member of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates

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