Grounds for Divorce

At the time the term "divorce" was changed to "dissolution," the legislature removed the requirement to prove specific grounds for ending a marriage. The marriage status will be terminated if the court finds that either member of the marriage believes it is "irretrievably broken". If either spouse alleges that the marriage is irretrievably broken and continues to insist upon that, the court has no choice but to grant a decree of dissolution. Thus, if your spouse says he or she will "contest" the basis for the divorce, or will "never give you a divorce," in order to remain married, that is not possible under the laws of the State of Washington.