Washington Family Law

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1.State statute Revised Code of  Washington Title 26 - DOMESTIC RELATIONS
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. No-fault
3. Equitable distribution or community property Community Property
a. Methods of apportionment
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA Van Camp
b. Property distribution factors Washington State RCW 26.09.080
4. Legal separation? yes, Washington RCW 26.09.070
a. Waiting period/Separation period 90 days
5. Is mediation required Not mandatory - Washington State RCW 26.09.015
6. Forms used Washington State Court Forms - Divorce
7. Alimony guidelines and factors Washington State RCW 26.09.090
Alimony formula None
a. Types Rehabilitative, Permanent?
b. Term Limits General guideline but not the law:  Long-term marriages (25 years or longer): permanent maintenance per the 2007 case Marriage of Rockwell. For marriages with a duration of less than 25 years, for every three years of marriage, a spouse will receive one year of maintenance.   This is very facts and circumstances specific, particularly depending on age of parties and distribution of community property assets.
Cohabitation "Decree may be modified upon showing of substantial change in circumstances; obligation to pay terminates upon remarriage of recipient or registration of a new domestic partnership of the party receiving maintenance WA ST 26.09.170"
c. Imputing income Washington State RCW 26.19.071
d. Change in circumstances Washington State RCW 26.09.170
e. Ceases on retirement
Impute income on early retirement
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income Washington State RCW 26.19.071
8. Child support factors and guidelines Washington State Child Support Schedule
9. Child support calculator Washington State Child Support Calculator
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed? Yes
11. Valuation
a. Valuation date Divorce
b. Goodwill divisibility All goodwill is divisible - In re Marriage of Lukens, 16 Wn. App. 481, 483, 558 P.2d 279 (1976)
c. Standard of value Investment value
d. Discounts Discount for lack of control may be allowed based on facts and circumstances.
e. Shareholder/partner agreements Should be considered - Suther v. Suther, 28 Wash. App. 838, 627 P.2d 110 (1981)
 12. Double dip  "Impermissable double dip - In the Matter of the Marriage of Bruce Arnold Porter and Fanny Porter, No, 57646-
1-I, Division One, Unpublished Opinion, Filed May 21, 2007"
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts  
 c. Child support
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  Rarely declared invalid
 15. Common law  No


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