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Washington Property Distribution

In a Washington divorce, all property is divided as community property. Each party will be entitled to retains his or her separate property. Separate property is:
  • all property acquired prior to marriage; 

  • any gifts or inheritances; and 

  • any increase in value of the separate property. "Quasi-community" property (property that is acquired while a spouse resides outside of Washington, but that would have been considered community property if acquired while they were living in Washington) is divided as if it were community property.

In dividing community property, a Washington divorce Court will consider:

  • the nature and extent of each spouse's separate property; 

  • the economic circumstances of each spouse at the time the division of property is to become effective; 

  • the length of the marriage; 

  • the nature and extent of community property; and 

  • the desirability of awarding the family home and the right of occupancy for reasonable periods to the custodial parent if there are minor children.

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