What does filing jointly mean for divorce in Washington state

Divorce can be submitted by either one spouse or both spouses together. When couples file together, the option is called ‘filing jointly’.

Filing jointly means:
Both spouses sign and file the documents

They generally agree on all aspects of the divorce such as:

  • How to split assets
  • How to parent children post divorce (i.e. have agreed on the parenting plan)
  • How much will be the child support payments

Many couples file a settlement agreement (a detailed document covering each aspect) with their jointly filed petition.

The judge must review and approve the joint petition and any attached settlement agreement before he enters a divorce decree, or final dissolution of marriage.

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