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Legal Statutes: Washington

UPDATED August 10, 2017

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Article 1. General Provisions

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(1) A court of this state shall treat a foreign country as if it were a state of the United States for the purpose of applying Articles 1 and 2.


(2) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) of this section, a child custody determination made in a foreign country under factual circumstances in substantial conformity with the jurisdictional standards of this chapter must be recognized and enforced under Article 3.


(3) A court of this state need not apply this chapter if the child custody law of a foreign country violates fundamental principles of human rights.



[2001 c 65 § 105.]