Washington is the most northwestern state that derived from the Oregon
Territory. After dividing from Oregon and becoming a state in 1889,
Washington took its name from the nation's first president and became
the only state to be named after a president.
This state is very green and gives way to different kinds of produce.
Washington stands at the top for producing red raspberries, wrinkled
seed peas, apples, hops, sweet cherries, spearmint oil, pears, Concord
grapes, peppermint oil, carrots, and Niagara grapes. Washington is also
known for producing fall potatoes, lentils, apricots, dry peas, grapes,
asparagus, prunes, cherries, plums, strawberries, wheat, barley, onion,
cranberries, trout, and sweet corn. These kinds of production provide
jobs for Washington residents.
More than six million people call Washington home. These people are
governed by state laws that have been shaped over several decades. Some
of these laws include labor laws, divorce laws, expungement laws, gun
laws, bankruptcy laws, and misdemeanor conviction laws.
Each state has specific rules for how divorces are conducted within its
borders. Washington requires that individuals be state residents before
filing for divorce. Residing within the state on military duty
qualifies as state residency. All divorce petitions are to be filed in
each individual's county of residency or that of his or her spouse.
If a non-Washington resident desires to file for a Washington divorce,
he or she may do so if his or her spouse is currently a Washington
resident. Only one individual is required to file for divorce but if a
petition is filed to the incorrect county, the divorce petition will be
dismissed. Washington also requires that at least ninety days must pass
before a petition is filed on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.
Those who are not residents of the state are not legally permitted to
possess firearms in Washington borders. Pointing a firearm -- loaded or
not loaded -- at another is considered a gross misdemeanor. The state
of Washington accepts the firearm permits of other states, including
Mississippi, Michigan, Louisiana, Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, Utah, and
In order to lawfully possess a firearm openly an individual must first
obtain a concealed weapons permit. These kinds of licenses can be
acquired through local sheriffs departments. Different kinds of
licenses allow for different kinds of places where firearms can be
possessed. For instance one license may allow an individual to carry a
firearm onto school property where another allows an individual to
carry a firearm in his or her motor vehicle.
Bankruptcy allows individuals the ability to relinquish their debts
without creditor abuse. Bankruptcy is not designed to help all those
with debts and new laws limit those who qualify. There are currently
two kinds of bankruptcy for personal usage: Chapter Seven bankruptcy
and Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy.
Chapter Seven bankruptcy allows individuals to eliminate their debts
through property liquidation in three months or less. Chapter Thirteen
bankruptcy allows individuals to eliminate their debts through personal
payment plans that cannot exceed five years. Only certain individuals
qualify for these bankruptcy chapters and qualifying processes will
determine who is eligible and for which bankruptcy.