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Overview of Washington Divorce

Divorce can seem like the end of the world: it’s confusing, overwhelming, and fraught with uncertainty. Worst of all, it can feel like you’re going through the whole ordeal completely alone, which is surely one of the most depressing and painful feelings to feel during a divorce. And to top it off, divorce can involve a mountain of complex legal paperwork, confusing state laws, obscure legal procedures, and waiting periods.

That’s where the team steps in. Our crew of veteran divorce professionals are experts in handling divorce cases in every US state as well as in every Canadian province. Not only that, but we do the hard work for you, by completing your paperwork and preparing everything that you will need to complete your divorce. We do all this so you can focus on more important parts of your life — like yourself, your family, or your career. When you are ready to divorce, you want the team behind you.

Like every state, Washington has specific state laws and regulations that you should know in order to obtain your divorce. So to help you prepare for your Washington divorce, we have prepared this brief summary of some of the most important, need-to-know facts for getting a divorce in Washington.

Residency Requirements

Every state has particular residency requirements that a petitioner must satisfy before they can file for a divorce. In Washington, those requirements are:

  • The filing spouse must be a Washington resident.
  • You can file in either county you or your spouse live, so long as they’re in Washington.

There is a 90-day waiting period before your divorce can be finalized.

Legal Grounds

Every divorce has a reason, and this reason is called the “grounds” for the divorce. Most states acknowledge both no-fault grounds and “general” grounds, which are also called at-fault grounds. In a no-fault divorce, you do not assign blame to you or your spouse – as far as the court is concerned, no one is responsible for the divorce. We do uncontested, no-fault divorces every day here at

By contrast, general or at-fault grounds correspond to specific wrongdoings that one spouse engaged in that have resulted in the divorce. These grounds must be proven in court, with evidence. Common fault grounds include adultery, addiction to drugs or alcohol, and incurable insanity.

Citing an at-fault grounds for your divorce will make your case too complex to file online. The vast majority of divorces, however, are uncontested no-fault divorces; these are the kinds of cases we are experts at handling here at

Washington only acknowledges one no-fault ground for all divorces, and that is:

  • Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage due to irreconcilable differences.

Child Custody & Child Support in Washington Divorces

Child Custody

In Washington, courts make child custody decisions according to what they view to be in the best interest of the child. This involves considering numerous factors, including: any and all special needs of the child (including any physical or mental handicaps), the ability or desire of each parent to address and satisfy the child’s needs, any history or evidence of domestic violence, and even the preference of the child, if he or she is old enough to make such an informed decision.

You and your spouse may opt to draft your own custody arrangement, and the court will consider this in its ruling. Any modifications to the court’s custody order must be because of substantial or meaningful changes to the primary custodian’s living situation.

Child Support

Washington calculates child support payments based on the Income Shares Model. This formula uses a state guideline to calculate support as a proportion of you and your spouse’s combined incomes. Special costs associated with childcare, or child support payments due to other children, typically reduce the amount of monthly support. Support usually continues until the child graduates high school or turns 19.

You or your spouse may also be ordered to pay medical expenses or provide health insurance to any minor children from your marriage.

You can view the guidelines for child support in Washington at the Division of Child Support, here.

Property Division and Washington Divorce

When you get a divorce, the property, assets, money, and debt you accumulated with your spouse are subject to division by the Washington court. Washington is a community property state, which means that the court will seek to divide your marital estate in an even manner – often this is pre-supposed to be an even, 50-50 split, regardless of who acquired the property in the first place.

The courts in Washington will consider a number of factors when deciding how to divide your marriage estate. These factors include how long you were married, how old you and your spouse are, how much income you earn, if your marital estate has any incoming producing assets and if so, how much, and your financial and economic circumstances at the time of divorce.

Alimony and Financial Support in Washington Divorce

The courts in Washington may decide to grant alimony, or spousal support, to one spouse if his or her income and standard of living will be significantly reduced because of the divorce. The Washington courts can order alimony be paid in a lump sum, monthly payments, or over a set period of time. When determining how much one spouse will pay to the other, the court will consider a number of factors.

These factors include how long you were married, your incomes and occupations, how old you and your spouse are, your health, if one spouse contributed to the wealth or education of the other, if one spouse was primarily a homemaker, and your employable and marketable skills. The goal is to provide supplemental income that helps one spouse maintain the quality of life he or she enjoyed prior to getting married, but to also provide time for the less-wealthy spouse to become self-sufficient.

Remember that while every state is different, our team of experienced divorce professionals here at are experts in the nuances and tiny details of Washington’s divorce procedures. No matter where you live in Washington, we are here at waiting to help you every step of the way through your divorce, so that you can begin rebuilding and living your life, on your terms. When you are ready to divorce, choose