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There Are Many Ways to Save When Doing Your Own Divorce in Washington

When doing your own uncontested divorce in Washington, you and your spouse are working together to come to a fair settlement agreement with the goal of putting it in writing within your divorce papers for court approval and a judge's signature. By doing this, you can save a great deal of money by doing your own divorce paperwork and filing it on your own because you eliminate legal fees charged by a lawyer. You can use 3StepDivorceTM to help you prepare your own paperwork and after you have the paperwork, you then just sign and take the documents to your courts to file; saving you money and also time.

So what are some other ways people doing their own divorce in Washington save money?

Always Be Organized During Your Divorce

Good organization will translate into cost savings. Making sure you have all the copies of the divorce paperwork in one safe place. Keep hard copies in a binder and if possible store an electric copy of documents for easy access from your phone or mobile device. Good organization means fewer trips to get papers notarized and fewer trips back and forth to the courthouse. You will also look good when submitting your Washington divorce papers to the Clerk at the courthouse, which is certainly someone you want to give a good first impression. The Clerk is the person who will be facilitating your divorce through the courts with the Judge, so gaining every bit of respect as a Pro Se filer is both important and helpful.

Some Washington Divorce Papers Must be Notarized

Some of your paperwork for Washington will require the signature of a notary. The primary document that must be notarized is your Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA). The simple thing to do is shop for a less expensive notary and one close to home. Notary fees can add up, check with your local bank, they may offer a notary service to its customers for free as long as your have a current checking or savings account. Or ask around at work, some companies have in-house notaries who may be willing to notarize your documents at a reduced cost or even for free.

Paying Taxes Upon Divorce

Good planning can save money when it comes to paying taxes in the wake of your divorce. The year in which a couple is married permits the spouses to file either jointly or singly for that year. Making the decision to file jointly or singly should be based on your tax obligations under each scenario because tax brackets most likely will be different. Also, when there are children involved, one parent can claim Head of Household filing status which will allow him or her to take advantage of childcare deductions the other parent cannot. Sometimes parents agree to do this on a rotating basis every year if their time spent with the children and incomes are relatively equal.

Filing Your Washington Divorce Papers by Mail

You may be able to save some time and money if you call your local Clerk to find out if you can mail in the required divorce documents to successfully file and finalize your uncontested divorce. We only suggest filing this way if it is cost prohibitive to file in person due to the distance to travel to the courthouse. If you decide to file by mail you must make sure you follow any specific mail-in procedures your court in Washington may have otherwise you will end up significantly delaying your divorce and complicating the filing procedure. Often the mail-in procedure may include having a certain number of copies of your papers, the proper filing fee in the form of a money order, and self-addressed postage affixed envelopes for you and your spouse.

Having Your Court Filing Fee Waived

You may be able to eliminate the court filing fee if you cannot afford it. The judge would review a waiver that you must complete and submit to the Clerk at the time of filing the initial paperwork; he or she will look at your financial situation and determine if a waiver of fees is appropriate. If the motion is granted and the court later finds that either the petitioner or another responsible party has sufficient resources to pay the waived filing fees or surcharges, the Court may modify the order and require the moving party or another party to pay the filing fees and/or surcharges that were previously waived. The courts do not want the burden of paying court filing fees to prevent people from pursuing their divorce through the court system.

Serving Your Divorce Papers

Once you file the required Washington divorce paperwork with your courts, now you are tasked with getting the paperwork to your spouse. In other words, you are serving your spouse a copy of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. With 3StepDivorceTM for Washington you will be filing a Joint Petition because it is the easiest way to file for an uncontested divorce. Since you are filing jointly, service of the paperwork is not required.

If you must, the easiest and most cost efficient way to serve your spouse would be for you to hand the paperwork to him or her and your spouse then signs the acceptance of service. Other ways but typically more expensive would be to hire a process server or sheriff.

Getting Legal Help

If you have any legal questions, but still want to do your own divorce, you can always contact the Washington statewide directory of organizations that provide both legal information and legal help. You can also make use of the internet and see if you can find answers to those legal questions you may have. You will be surprised how easy it may be to get the answers you need to make decisions that will allow you to continue to file for divorce yourself.

Choosing Divorce Mediation To Resolve Your Disputed Issues

Couples who are stalled in their negotiations sometimes turn to mediation as a way couples can save money by avoiding litigation. The cost-saving bonus of resolving disputed issues can outweighs the mediator’s fees. Just because you hire a mediator to help you resolve some issues you and your spouse cannot on your own does not mean you cannot do your own divorce; to the contrary, you are still able to file the paperwork on your own to continue saving money.

A Simple Divorce Process
Step 1 See if you qualify & create account!
Step 2 Answer the questions at your own pace.
Step 3 Print, sign and file your divorce forms with your local court (instantly review & print your forms online or have them sent US Priority Mail at no additional charge).

START HERE

Only $299 (flat-fee)

or 2 monthly payments of $157
or 3 monthly payments of $109
or 4 monthly payments of $84
Payment Options Do Not Delay Divorce
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