A number of important decisions must be made during divorce proceedings. That's especially true if there are child custody issues to resolve. Washington is a community property state, which means the assets (and debts) that you've accumulated with your spouse over the course of your marriage will generally be divided equally.
Of course, if you have a prenuptial agreement, that usually dictates how your community property will be divided. Regardless, separately owned property -- such as assets you owned prior to the marriage -- are not usually subject to community property division. If you think your spouse is hiding assets or is somehow trying to keep you from getting your allotted share of the community property, it makes sense to reach out for legal support in order to protect your interests.
You and your spouse can resolve custody issues directly as part of an agreed-upon parenting plan, though it will still require the court's final approval. If your relationship with the other parent is less than amicable, it may be best to ask the court to decide custody, visitation and child support issues. Once the court hands down a ruling, you are both obligated to adhere to the terms unless and until a formal modification results in a new court order.
As for community property, if you have questions or suspect that your spouse is trying to beat the system, you may request a consultation with Hansen Law, PLLC in Washington. Our experienced legal team can provide support to help you exercise your rights and protect your interests as you seek a comprehensive and binding settlement. We can also remain on hand to address any legal issues that arise once the judge finalizes your divorce.