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Legal Information: Washington

Know the Laws - By State

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about domestic violence orders for protection, sexual assault protection orders, extreme risk protection orders, and civil anti-harassment orders.

State-specific information about custody in Washington.

This page has some general information (not state-specific) about when one parent takes a child out of the state or country without the other parent’s consent.

Basic information about divorce and links to outside information that is specific to Washington. 

Legal information about housing to help victims of domestic violence in Washington.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Washington and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.