Washington Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is the initial document filed with the Washington court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

The only grounds for a dissolution of marriage in the state of Washington is, "Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage".

The court shall enter a decree of dissolution under these grounds if the other party does not deny that the marriage is irretrievably broken.

If the other party denies that the marriage is irretrievably broken the court shall consider all relevant factors and decide whether or not there is a chance of reconciliation. (Revised Code of Washington - Title 26 - Chapters: 26.09.030)