Divorce is one of the most challenging events of a person’s life. It is emotionally, mentally, and financially draining. The manner in which you handle the proceedings and, more importantly, the outcome of your divorce will greatly impact your future. It will dictate how much time you can spend with your children, the division of your property, and what types of future support payments you can expect, among other critical matters. Because there is so much on the line, it makes sense to have a knowledgeable divorce attorney counsel you to facilitate the process. Douglas R. Hughes is among the most experienced divorce litigators in the Spokane County area, as testified to by the Order of the Client’s Choice Award, Top 10 Attorney Award, and Top 100 Attorney in Washington Award. Douglas R. Hughes has been top rated by AVVO,and selected as the “Top Attorney” in Spokane in divorce and custody by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Magazine.
All dissolution cases require the distribution of property and liabilities, establishing a parenting plan and child support if there are children of the marriage, and the entry of a decree, which legally ends the marriage. All parties must agree on these issues, which are challenging for many couples to resolve, before the court will finalize the divorce. (If couples are unable to come to an agreement, the court will draw up its own orders for the couple to follow after a trial.)
Though every divorce requires the same general procedures and documents, each case is unique. Many issues can arise during the process and intersect with other areas of the law, such as tax, real estate, domestic violence, health care, retirement and benefits, business evaluations and/or compensations, or wills and trusts. Our attorneys understand when and how these other laws intersect with your divorce proceeding and are experienced in handling these complex issues.
Legal separation is a legal alternative to divorce (dissolution). There are many moral or legal reasons why a legal separation may be a positive result…Read More