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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.Is your husband in agreement with the divorce?
Or have you discussed this with him at all ? I am wondering if you have discussed a separation agreement?
I understand. I suggest your assets are protected. That there is no abandonment or desertion in a marriage for at least 1 year with no contact.So you can file in Washington and the Washington state laws will apply to your marital assets, alimony, etc.Those marital distribution of asset laws are based on what is equitable to each spouse.
You really should consider having a local mediator begin a separation agreement. However, even under MD law, if he were to file in MD, the desertion ground would not be established until the elements for such grounds are met.In MD, the abandonment must continued for 12 uninterrupted months, must be deliberate and final and beyond any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.Now, while you are leaving with no expectation to return if you file for a divorce as soon as possible, then you are not waiving your maritial asset rights. You could have a local attorney refer you to a Washington attorney and in the meantime while you are in transit you can have the MD attorney write a letter to the spouse explaining that you are going to divorce and you would like to work out a settlement.
For divorce purposes, that is the way I interpret the law. I reviewed that as I always want to remind people there are residency requirements. Apparently in Washington state it is immediate.
Dogs are considered personal property. An award of ownership will go to one or the other. You can take the dog with you. Worse case scenario if you bought the dog together he can oppose and a court could make you pay him a share of the property.
Yes. I suggest that sounds like a viable and legal plan.
Keep a copy of your letter and if you have a PO box in Washington request a return receipt to that PO box showing he was delivered the letter and the date.
You can send it by email.
You are very welcome. I wish you the best of success with this matter.