Washington Law Review


In the legislative session of 1949 a new divorce law was enacted. Proposed departures from the existing act had been reported to the State Bar Association. The objectives and contemplated effects of the new legislation were discussed in an article immediately after the act was adopted. Trouble was predicted Today, with ten years of experience under the act and in light of 172 reported opinions dealing with it, it seems appropriate to see what has occurred. The objective of this review is to identify, by placing together the related decisions of the Washington court, trends which have appeared and significant policies which have been established. It is not the purpose of the reviewer to subject these opinions to extensive criticism nor to question the wisdom of announced policies. The article is essentially a report. It is hoped that its possible value to the practicing lawyer is reason enough for its existence.

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