Legal Question in Family Law in Washington

spouse left me and child

Hi,

My husband left after one year of marriage and never came back. He sent me a letter from jail stating that it is okay to divorce him. I've been waiting for him to return and he hasn't. It's going on 6 years now. What are the grounds for divorce in Washington and what are my legal rights?

Asked on 2/14/03, 2:15 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Lori Wheat Lori L. Wheat, Attorney at Law

Re: spouse left me and child

If either you or your spouse currently reside in Washington, then either of you can file for divorce in Washington. Washington is a no-fault state. You must only assert that your marriage is 'irretrievably broken' to obtain a divorce.

Although it can simplify the process if your spouse joins in the petition for divorce, you do not need your spouse's consent to obtain a divorce.

I offer low fee divorce services. Please feel free to contact me if you would like assistance with your divorce.

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Answered on 2/15/03, 9:08 am


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