Under Washington law the marital property rights of a couple who moves to Washington are treated differently than those of a native couple. The author traces the source and effects of this practice, examines possible common law solutions, and recommends adoption of a "quasicommunity property" statute, similar to the successful California statute which gives the migratory spouse protection and inheritance tax treatment comparable to that of the native spouse.
James B. Gilchrist,
Washington Disinherits the Non-Native Wife,
46 Wash. L. Rev.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/wlr/vol46/iss2/4