Finishing a divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question: 

If a divorce have been filed for over one year and we’ve gone thru mediation and agreed but the lawyers are still not signing the divorce decree for no apparent reason what can i do to get the divorce finalized

State: 
Washington

Answer: 

In Washington state, the court or judge signs the “Decree of Dissolution of Marriage,” the lawyers do not. We are not aware of any instances where divorces have waited for attorney signatures. Your lawyer may be stalling and holding the paperwork back, but his signature is not required. Settlements negotiated between spouses are presented in writing for approval by the court and signature by the judge. If the case requires a trial, the judge’s decision is recorded in writing and signed by the judge who conducts the trial. A marriage is not dissolved until the judge signs the decree, but you don’t need the lawyer’s signature at all. – The Divorce.com Team

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