Regardless of your reasons for seeking divorce, you are not done yet. You have to continue taking action by filling out the forms you have purchased and filing them with the appropriate court. The District of Columbia has its own conditions and requirements for divorce, and following the instructions that we provide you to file for divorce in the District of Columbia is essential. Once you do that, though, you will be that much closer to being able to resume living your life unhindered.
Every state has residency requirements, and Washington, DC is no different. If you do not meet the requirements, either your case will be dismissed or it will go unaccepted entirely. For Washington, DC, the requirements are:
One of the spouses must have been a resident of Washington D.C. for six months immediately prior to filing for divorce. Military personnel are considered residents if they have been stationed in Washington D.C. for 6 months. [District of Columbia Code Anno¬tated; Title 16, Chapter 9, Section 902].
In order to file for divorce in Washington, DC, the proper grounds must be established. Both spouses are involved in establishing these grounds, and both must substantiate and agree upon these, unless the divorcing spouse is trying to prove otherwise to the court.
The District of Columbia only recognizes the following for as valid grounds for divorce:
A court in District of Columbia grants the custody of the children upon divorce. The child custody can be granted to either parent on the following grounds.
Upon divorce, court make child custody decision for a divorce in District of Columbia, court may consider the following points:
Washington D.C. is an “equitable distribution” jurisdiction. If no valid property distribution agreement exists, each spouse retains his or her separate property (acquired before the marriage or acquired during the marriage by gift or inheritance), and any increase in such separate property and any property acquired in exchange for such separate property. All other property, regardless of how title is held, shall be divided equitably and reasonably, based on:
Spousal support is handled on a case-by-case basis, and spousal support can be temporary, permanent, or not be awarded at all. This is determined by either an agreement between the spouses, or at the court's discretion.
In applying the statewide uniform guideline, the courts will abide by the following principles:
Either parent may be ordered to pay reasonable child support during and after a divorce proceeding. Detailed specific child support guidelines are contained in Title 16, Chapter 9, Sections 916.01 and 916.02. Application of the guidelines is to be gender neutral. Variations from the official child support guidelines are allowed based on the following factors:
The court may order either or both spouses to attend parenting classes in those cases in which child custody is an issue. [District of Columbia Code Annotated; Title 16, Chapter 9, Section 914].START Your Divorce Process Now!
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