How To File For An Uncontested Divorce In Washington, D.C.

17724065_ml-300x224Uncontested divorces offer the chance to obtain your divorce in an expedited fashion as opposed to a contested divorce where the process is significantly longer. In order to be eligible to file for an uncontested divorce you and your spouse must have come to an agreement on all property, debt, spousal support, and child custody issues prior to filing for the uncontested divorce. This leaves the Court with determining only the issue of whether the parties have proven grounds for an absolute divorce.

Once all of the above issues are resolved between you and your spouse a “joint praecipe” must be filed with the Court. The Court will then schedule a hearing at which time the parties must bring a copy of the marriage certificate and documentation of their agreement as to the above mentioned issues. The Barkat Law Firm offers representation for uncontested divorces at a flat rate. Contact us now to speak with an experienced divorce attorney about what options are available to you as you pursue a divorce.

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How Property Is Divided In A Divorce In The District Of Columbia

When considering a divorce clients frequently want to know how a divorce will impact their assets. The District of Columbia follows a process known as “equitable division” to distribute assets following a divorce. This does not mean that the property will be divided equally, but rather it will be divided in a manner that the presiding Judge deems fair. The presiding Judge will weigh the following factors when determining “equitable division”:

  • The contribution of each spouse to the marital property
  • The occupation of each spouse
  • The length of the marriage
  • The amount and source of income for each spouse
  • The age and health of each spouse
  • The employability of each spouse
  • The assets and debts of each spouse
  • Whether the division is in place or in addition to any alimony award
  • Custodial provisions of the children

Contact the Barkat Law Firm by phone at (202)827-9776 or info@barkatlaw.com to speak with a divorce attorney who can provide you with legal advice tailored to your specific situation.

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