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Washington Filing Requirements: In order to file for a dissolution of marriage in Washington, residency requirements must be met for the court to accept the case. If the court discovers it does not have jurisdictional rights to hear the case it will not be accepted or it will eventually be dismissed. The requirements are as follows: When a party who (1) is a resident of this state, or (2) is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in this state, or (3) is married to a party who is a resident of this state or who is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in this state. Petitions for a dissolution of marriage, and alleges that the marriage is irretrievably broken will not be acted upon by the court until 90 days has elapsed since the filing and the service of summons on the respondent. (Revised Code of Washington - Title 26 - Chapters: 26.09.010, 26.09.030)
For married persons to get a divorce in California:
You MUST meet California’s residency requirements. Either you or your spouse must have lived in:
California for the last 6 months, AND The county where you plan to file the divorce for the last 3 months.
If you and your spouse have lived in California for at least 6 months but in different counties for at least 3 months, you can file in either county.
Nevada likewise has a residency requirement, in that one of the spouses has to be a resident to file for divorce ther.
so you can legally file for divorce in Washington or California, because at least one of the spouses in the marriage live in those states.
personally, if I were you, I would file in Washington, as that would be the most convenient place for you to file. The court will have jurisdiction of the community property that's located in and outside of the state, so it doesn't really matter where the property is located, but it does matter where the residences of the spouses are.
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