Washington Divorce Laws 3

Divorce Law Basics in the State of Washington

Also See: Washington Marriage Laws

Statute: Washington State Divorce Code (Title 26, Chapters, 26.09): apps.leg.wa.gov

No-Fault Grounds:

  • Irretrievable breakdown

At-Fault Grounds: Washington law does not provide for at-fault divorce

Residency: Either party must be a resident of the state at the time of filing

Legal Separation Recognized? Yes. Alimony, property distribution and child support can be awarded.

Counseling Requirements: The court may order mediation to resolve any contested issues.

Property Distribution: Washington is a community property state. Parties may modify the distribution by separate agreement; otherwise, the court will distribute the property equally. Separate property (property acquired prior to the marriage, as a gift or through inheritance) is not included in property distribution. Fault is not considered.

Alimony: Alimony may be awarded to either party at the discretion of the court. Fault is not considered.


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