Top 5 Washington Divorce Laws

The top 5 things everyone should know about Washington divorce laws.


The only ground for divorce in Washington is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, but the number of reasons why the marriage became irretrievably broken is numerous.

A Washington court will not act until 90 days after the divorce papers have been filed and the respondent has received the service of summons.

If there are minor children from the marriage, the divorce papers must include a parenting plan that explains how disputes will be resolved, where the child will live, and how decisions regarding the child will be made between the divorced parents.

Division of marital property in Washington is based on the length of the marriage, the spouse’s separate property and assets, and the financial situation of each spouse at the time of division. Marital misconduct is not considered.

When determining Washington spousal support many variables are considered, including but not limited to: the time necessary to be educated and trained to find appropriate employment, the financial situation of the spouse seeking support, and child custody.

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