How the Community Property Doctrine Affects a Divorce

Washington treats marital property as so-called community property, meaning any property acquired during the marriage belongs to both spouses and should be divided equitably.

Some states require 50-50 division of all assets, but Washington allows for more leeway with this rule. Courts will typically consider whether the division of assets is fair, reasonable, and equitable, under the specific circumstances. An experienced Washington divorce lawyer can analyze the facts of a divorce and determine how property may be divided.