Washington Online Divorce
How to File Your Own Divorce in Washington
Outlined below is some background information you should know about filing for a divorce in Washington. Once you become acquainted with this information, you can take our quiz to see if you qualify for the Washington online divorce.

Using our online divorce is a quick and easy way to get all the completed documents you need in order to file for your own, uncontested divorce, while avoiding having to pay exorbitant attorney fees.

Residency Requirements

Every state has a set of residency requirements that must be met by the filing spouse in order for the court to have jurisdiction over the divorce proceedings. If you don't meet the residency requirements of the state you're trying to file in, the case may get dismissed by the court. The residency requirements in Washington are as follows:

  • A party is a resident of this state
  • A party is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in this state; or
  • A party is married to a party who is a resident of this state or who is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in this state

  • (Revised Code of Washington - Title 26 - Chapters: 26.09.010, 26.09.030)

Grounds for Divorce

There are also grounds each state will allow you to file under when filing for a divorce. The ground for divorce is the reason that you and your spouse are filing for a divorce. The following are the grounds for divorce in Washington:

  • Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage
    • If the other party joins in the petition or does not deny that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the court shall enter a decree of dissolution
    • If the other party alleges that the petitioner was induced to file the petition by fraud, or coercion, the court shall make a finding as to that allegation and, if it so finds shall dismiss the petition
    • the other party denies that the marriage is irretrievably broken the court shall consider all relevant factors, including the circumstances that gave rise to the filing of the petition and the prospects for reconciliation

    (Revised Code of Washington - Title 26 - Chapters: 26.09.030)

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