If Washington State has jurisdiction over a dissolution case and the involved parties, the next question is usually which county to file the dissolution petition in. While Washington State law applies to all cases, regardless of the county of filing, there are times that people want to choose one venue over another. Sometimes a choice of which county to file in has an easy answer.
For example, if both parties to a family law case live in Island County, the case should be filed in Island County. But what happens when one party lives in Pierce County, and the other is in King County? In these cases the rules of venue become especially important. RCW 26.09.010(2) permits that proceedings may be filed in the superior court of the county where the petitioner (the party filing the petition) resides. However, if the petitioner does not reside in the county where he or she files the case, the respondent may have an absolute right to have the venue changed to the county in which the respondent resides. Continue reading