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Washington

The followingcapsule summary of the law in this state related to divorce maybe helpful to you. These brief statements are not meant tosubstitute for legal consultation, but rather to highlight themain issues to consider.

Divorce Law

GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE

Grounds: None listed.

Residency: Plaintiff must be aresident.

Waiting Period: 90 days must elapsefrom point of filing petition; decree is final subject to rightof appeal.

No Fault: Irretrievable breakdown.

Defenses: None listed.

Code Section: 26.09.030

CHILD CUSTODY
Uniform Child Custody Act:1979
Joint Custody:No
Grandparent Visitation:Yes, 26.09.240
Child's Wishes Considered:Yes
Code Section: 26.09.050

MARITAL PROPERTY
Community Property: Yes, (26.16.030).

ANNULMENT AND PROHIBITEDMARRIAGE

Grounds: Annulment provisions havebeen repealed.

Time Limitation: None listed.

Legitimacy of Children: None listed.

Prohibited Marriages: Previousmarriage undissolved; between persons closer in kin than secondcousins; voidable marriages; underage or without sufficientunderstanding; consent gained by fraud or duress voidable byparty laboring under disability or upon whom force or fraud wasimposed.

Code Section: 26.04.020, 130

RESOURCES

American Arbitration Association
Seattle Regional Office
1325 4th Ave., Ste. 1414
Seattle, WA 98101-2511
Phone: (206)622-6435
Fax: (206)343-5679
Neal M. Blacker, Reg. VP

Dissolution of Marriage in Washington
Butterworth Legal Publishers
289 E. 5th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Terrence V. Sawyer. 1992.

Divorce Guide for Washington:Step-by-Step Guide for Obtaining Your Own Divorce
International Self-Counsel Press
1481 Charlotte Rd.
North Vancouver, BC, Canada V7J 1H1
M. Pattersen. 1992. 8th edition.

Marriage and Family Law in Washington
International Self-Counsel Press
1481 Charlotte Rd.
North Vancouver, BC, Canada V7J 1H1
Mary Wechler, J.D. 1988. 3rd edition. Explains how to use the lawto protect oneีs rights. Sections cover such topics as formaland common-law marriage, separation and separation agreements,divorce and annulments, maintenance and alimony, child custodyand maintenance of children, and property rights.

Office of Child Support EnforcementRegional Representative (Washington)
2201 6th Ave.
Mail Stop RX 34
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206)615-2552

Washington Department of FinancialInstitutions
1400 S. Evergreen Park Dr., SW, Ste. 120
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (206)753-6520
John Bley, Dir.

Washington Department of Health
C.H.S.
PO Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709
Phone: (206)753-5936
Responds to public inquiries for birth and death records datedfrom July 1, 1907 (prior to this, filed with auditor of eachcounty and in the cities of Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma filedwith respective city health departments). Charges $11 search feewhich includes certified copy if record is found. Divorce recordsare filed with county clerks and cost $2 first page, $1 eachadditional page. Marriage records are filed with county auditors.Fee varies. Marriages and divorces occurring since January 1,1968 also available from Vital Records. For all inquiries,enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Washington Office of the InsuranceCommissioner
PO Box 40255
Olympia, WA 98504-0255
Phone: (206)753-7301
Free: 800-562-6900
Deborah Senn, Commnr.

Washington Office of Support Enforcement
Department of Social and Health Services Revenue Division
712 Pear St. SE
PO Box 9162
Olympia, WA 98507-9162
Phone: (206)586-3520
Fax: (206)586-3274

Washington State Bar Association
500 Westin Bldg.
2001 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121-2599
Phone: (206)727-8200
Fax: (206)727-8320
The Bar conducts the "Talk to an Attorney" program,which allows consumers with complaints or questions to call andtalk with a member of the Legal Department. Publications: CitizenRights pamphlet series.

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