Asked about 1 year ago - Issaquah, WAFlag
does the property list need to be included in divorce decree? is there way to not go through mediation in WA?
Absolutely and the courts love it when the parties can be amicably and try and resovle everything themselves, just make sure that your paperwork is appropriate. Yes, the property issues must be resolved as that is a part of the divorce and you should make sure that you have an agreement on that, or it does vitiate the purpose of being collaborative, if you cannot agree on the property then you may have to refert back to mediation or use counsel. Take care and I wish you all the best. One thing I would caution you on is to make sure that you fully understand the agreemnt, the long term affects and any tax consequences you may have which may necessitate a quick meeting with a local WA attorney. Take care.
I absolutely agree with the other answer. You did ask a two fold question. Can you settle without mediation? Of course. Without discovery? I don't recommend it.
In order to have a good agreement you want to make sure that all asset and debt have been disclosed. An undisclosed asset can be a time bomb. The disclosure need not be formal but you do want to make certain both parties are fully informed.
Tax consequences are also important and you should have agreement reviewed by attorney. Many attorneys will provide a consultation at an hourly rate to review documents.
Many people doing their own settlement do not understand that the full extent of the settlement does not have to be disclosed in the public record and can be a separate agreement that is not filed with the court. Again, an attorney can help you preserve your privacy.
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