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Washington Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Washington, you must make sure the Family Court has jurisdiction over your case. The most common way spouses are eligible to use a specific court system is by meeting the residency requirements. Meeting the Washington residency requirements is typically only a concern for a spouse who has recently moved or is planning to move in the near future. The filing requirements are as follows:

When a party who (1) is a resident of this state, or (2) is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in this state, or (3) 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.

Petitions for a dissolution of marriage, and alleges that the marriage is irretrievably broken will not be acted upon by the court until 90 days has elapsed since the filing and the service of summons on the respondent.

The Dissolution of Marriage is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse resides. (Revised Code of Washington - Title 26 - Chapters: 26.09.010, 26.09.030)