In the state of Washington, there is no set way to determine how property is divided. In making a property division ruling, the judge overseeing the case must take many factors into consideration. These factors include the financial standing of each spouse as well as how long the two were married. A court may also take any other special factors into consideration if necessary.
When determining the financial situation of each person, a judge will first look to see if each party is employed. If not, a judge will look to see if an unemployed person is collecting income from social security or a pension. In making a ruling, a custodial parent may be entitled to keep the family home regardless of his or her financial situation. This will be done to ensure that a child does not have to move from his or her home.