Family Law: Grounds for Divorce in Washington

What are the grounds for divorce or dissolution of marriage in Washington? Washington is a no-fault divorce state. That means that you do not have to prove any specific grounds for a divorce. The only legal basis for a dissolution of marriage (divorce) in the State of Washington is for one party to allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken. If one party makes this allegation, then the court will dissolve the marriage.

Prior to 1970, it was necessary in Washington to establish a legal basis for divorce (infidelity, etc.). This is no longer necessary, and the court will not even want to hear about it. The reason may be an important emotional issue to you,  however, the court is not interested and does not want to establish blame.

RCW 26.09.030 provides that if one party denies that the marriage is irretrievably broken,the court can order counseling for 60 days. If after this, one party still alleges that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the court must enter a Decree of Dissolution.

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