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Washington Child Custody Laws

Child custody is a difficult legal process, often putting children in the middle of a contentious divorce proceeding. Most states, including Washington, offer the option of joint custody but also consider the wishes of the child when determining custody. Additionally, Washington's child custody laws recognize the visitation rights of grandparents.

The basics of Washington child custody laws are listed in the following table, with links to additional articles. See FindLaw's Child Custody section, including How Child Custody Decisions are Made, to learn more.

Code Section 26.09.050; 26.10.100 et seq.
Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted 1979
Joint Custody an Option? Yes
Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized? Yes, §26.09.240
Child's Own Wishes Considered? Yes

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Washington child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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