Washington Divorce Guide


Washington calls a marriage annulment a Declaration Concerning Validity. If the court finds good cause, it can declare a nullity, which is a legal declaration that no marriage had ever come into being. To quote directly from Washington divorce laws, one can petition for an annulment if:

  • The marriage or domestic partnership should not have been contracted because of age of one or both of the parties
  • A lack of required parental or court approval
  • A prior undissolved marriage of one or both of the parties
  • A prior domestic partnership of one or both parties that has not been terminated or dissolved
  • Reasons of consanguinity
  • Because a party lacked capacity to consent to the marriage or domestic partnership, either because of mental incapacity or because of the influence of alcohol or other incapacitating substances, because a party was induced to enter into the marriage or domestic partnership by force or duress
  • By fraud involving the essentials of marriage or domestic partnership
  • The parties have not ratified their marriage or domestic partnership by voluntarily cohabiting after attaining the age of consent

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[Revised Code of Washington - Title 26 - Chapters: 26.04.010, 26.04.020, 130; 26.09.040

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