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Is a Simple Divorce Possible?

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Is there truly such a thing as a simple divorce? The short answer is: yes. This usually happens in short marriages, ones that don’t have a ton of shared assets and don’t involve children. In other cases, a divorcing couple actually agrees on everything.

In situations like these, things go smoothly and take the minimum amount of time. It’s possible to describe them as a simple divorce. That said, it doesn’t take much to complicate things. Divorce can go from simple to complex in short order. If you’re not careful, before you know it, you might find your situation all kinds of twisted.

One of our founding partners, Rick Jones, regularly hits the airwaves to join the Danny Bonaduce and Sarah Morning Show, where he answers pressing family law questions from listeners. One recent caller finds himself in what he believes to be a relatively simple divorce. Listening to the specifics, however, Rick points out things may be more complicated than he thinks.

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Check It Out Below:

Caller: “Hi, I have somewhat of a simple divorce. [Audible groans in the background.] Coming up I have my discovery cutoff and in two weeks it’s the exchange of evidence. We don’t have any home or children. However, when we split, she had me thrown out of the rental we had and moved in with her boyfriend [and] made a bunch of false statements in court documents.

“When I eventually filed for divorce, she quickly replied with a bunch more false statements. I’d like to know how I can present that on the discovery cutoff if I have to have my statement of evidence completed, or is that something I show up to court that day with the documents finished?”

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Rick: “The first thing I’m hearing is, ‘I’ve got a simple divorce,’ yet you’re already up against your discovery cutoff, which means you’re getting to the doorstep of a trial. A simple divorce would have been done by now.

“Let’s switch gears to the middle question, which is what can I do about her making false statements or claims? And the question I really have is, are they anything relevant to the divorce? If she’s saying what a bad dude you are, it doesn’t matter, true or untrue. If all you have is assets and liabilities, Washington is a no-fault state.

“The third one is more procedural. By the time you get this close to the discovery cutoff–what that’s meant is to basically tell both sides, ‘Hey, if you want to get information, and you want the power of the court to go subpoena bank information or require something of the other person, that means you would have had to wrap it up by then.’ That’s what the discovery cutoff is.

“Then you fast-forward to that joint statement of evidence. Without getting too deep in the woods here, what’s required is that both [parties] present to the court prior to going to trial, so at least the issue is framed and nobody is getting surprised by what comes on at trial.”

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