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How long does it take to have a legal separation be official?

Seattle, WA |

We used e-file to file our joint legal separation petition. I noticed a schedule for a trial in November 2010, but from the schedule I couldn't see any indication of when the date is final, or what next steps to take.

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Attorney answers 1


In WA State there is no waiting period to finalize a legal separation as there is with a divorce. If you have a final agreement and all final papers are signed, you can enter it. You are responsible for entering the final documents, the Court will not do it. If you have children though, you do have to do a parenting seminar, so that might hold things up as both parties have to do that before a final parenting plan can be entered.