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
- Irretrievable breakdown
Residency: Either party must be a resident of the state at the time of filing
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.