26.51.010  <<  26.51.020 >>   26.51.030

Definitions. (Effective January 1, 2021.)

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Abusive litigation" means litigation where the following apply:
(a)(i) The opposing parties have a current or former intimate partner relationship;
(ii) The party who is filing, initiating, advancing, or continuing the litigation has been found by a court to have committed domestic violence against the other party pursuant to: (A) An order entered under this chapter; (B) a parenting plan with restrictions based on RCW 26.09.191(2)(a)(iii); or (C) a restraining order entered under chapter 26.09, *26.26, or 26.26A RCW, provided that the issuing court made a specific finding that the restraining order was necessary due to domestic violence; and
(iii) The litigation is being initiated, advanced, or continued primarily for the purpose of harassing, intimidating, or maintaining contact with the other party; and
(b) At least one of the following factors apply:
(i) Claims, allegations, and other legal contentions made in the litigation are not warranted by existing law or by a reasonable argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law, or the establishment of new law;
(ii) Allegations and other factual contentions made in the litigation are without the existence of evidentiary support; or
(iii) An issue or issues that are the basis of the litigation have previously been filed in one or more other courts or jurisdictions and the actions have been litigated and disposed of unfavorably to the party filing, initiating, advancing, or continuing the litigation.
(2) "Intimate partner" is defined in RCW 26.50.010.
(3) "Litigation" means any kind of legal action or proceeding including, but not limited to: (i) [(a)] Filing a summons, complaint, demand, or petition; (ii) [(b)] serving a summons, complaint, demand, or petition, regardless of whether it has been filed; (iii) [(c)] filing a motion, notice of court date, note for motion docket, or order to appear; (iv) [(d)] serving a motion, notice of court date, note for motion docket, or order to appear, regardless of whether it has been filed or scheduled; (v) [(e)] filing a subpoena, subpoena duces tecum, request for interrogatories, request for production, notice of deposition, or other discovery request; or (vi) [(f)] serving a subpoena, subpoena duces tecum, request for interrogatories, request for production, notice of deposition, or other discovery request.
(4) "Perpetrator of abusive litigation" means a person who files, initiates, advances, or continues litigation in violation of an order restricting abusive litigation.

NOTES:

*Reviser's note: The majority of chapter 26.26 RCW was repealed by 2018 c 6 § 907. For later enactment of the uniform parentage act, see chapter 26.26A RCW.
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