Our office is moving! Effective 11/5/21, O’Brian & Associates, P.S. will be located at 16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 200, Redmond WA 98052. Just two blocks away from our present location. We are now offering in-office consultations, as well as both Zoom Meeting and telephone consultations.

FAMILY LAW PROCEEDINGS COULD LEAD TO HAPPIER LIFE

Telling a spouse that a divorce may be imminent can be a very difficult decision. What many do not realize, however, is that the decision to want a divorce can be just as difficult, if not more so. A lot of thought must go into such a decision as family law proceedings are not a process to go into lightly. Understanding the possible outcomes of a divorce is very important to anyone who might be considering this path.

Many people, including some in Washington, who are in an unhappy marriage may struggle with the decision to end the relationship. They may feel that they should stay in order to try to fix the situation or that it would be too hard on the children or other partner. Deep connections are forged during a marriage, and even if the relationship is nearing its end, it can take a considerable amount of time for those connections to be broken, if they can be completely.

Divorce can be messy and stressful, but typically the people initiating a divorce find themselves happier when the process is over even if they must come to terms with not seeing their children as often or dealing with burdening financial situations. Though happiness is often the end result, the process can be long and sometimes take even more time than expected. Both parties being in agreement to the decision can speed up the process, but it is important to be prepared for a lengthy process if one party should choose to proceed at a slower pace.

Divorce can come coupled with many family law issues such as alimony or child custody, and being prepared with knowledge about the proceedings can sometimes lessen the stress of the situation. Information on Washington family laws and what possible outcomes and timelines to expect could be beneficial to someone who is considering divorce. Every situation is different, and analyzing a personal situation can help better determine what issues may have to be faced.

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