Stepson and wife were married in Missouri. They have three children all born in Missouri. They currently reside in Washington. Would divorce have to be filed in Missouri? Would Missouri also have venue over child custody?
The parties can be divorced in Washington. If the children have been in Washington for at least six months, there will be no problems in regards to the children.
The location of the marriage does not affect the jurisdiction (the court or courts where the matter can be filed) of a Washington court under the facts you present. Nor does where the children were born (unless it was in MO less than 6 months ago, and even then the parties could agree to "home state" jurisdiction). The answer to the first question would be no. The answer to the second question, is maybe. But a party would need to raise the issue of venue. You should contact an attorney.
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