To file for divorce in the state of Washington you must meet the following conditions:
- You are married legally or through common law marriage in another state or country. The state of Washington itself does not recognize a common law marriage.
- You or your spouse live here and plan to remain the state, or you are in the military and will be stationed here for at least 90 days after you file and serve your divorce petition.
- You or your spouse believe the marriage is permanently broken.
- You must file and serve the Summons and divorce petition properly.
Washington is unique in that it does not have a residency requirement in order to file for divorce. Some states require you to live in the state for at least a year. Washington has no residency requirement. Technically you can file for divorce the day you move into the state.
You will need the following Washington divorce forms to file for divorce. Additional forms may be required to continue the case.
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