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26.14.010  <<  26.14.020 >>   26.14.030

Scope. (Effective January 1, 2024.)

(1) This chapter governs arbitration of a family law dispute.
(2) This chapter does not authorize an arbitrator to make an award that:
(a) Grants a legal separation or dissolution of marriage or domestic partnership, or annulment;
(b) Terminates parental rights;
(c) Grants an adoption or a guardianship of a child or incapacitated individual; or
(d) Determines the status of dependency.
(3) This chapter does not apply to:
(a) Any arbitration governed by chapter 7.06 RCW;
(b) Proceedings under Title 13 RCW;
(c) Jurisdictional determinations under chapter 26.27 RCW;
(d) Proceedings under RCW 26.26A.465;
(e) Writs of habeas corpus;
(f) Disputes as to personal or subject matter jurisdiction;
(g) Determination of venue;
(h) Issuance, modification, or termination of protection orders under chapter 7.105 RCW; and
(i) Delegation of the court's authority to permanently modify a parenting plan based on a finding of substantial change in circumstances.
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