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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What Is Multi-Door Dispute Resolution?

Multi-Door Dispute Resolution is a voluntary program offered through the District of Columbia Superior Court. The program is meant to assist those individuals who may be better served by resolving their differences through mediation rather than through trial.

Family law mediation is available through the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court. The mediation process is initiated when the parties contact the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division to set up an intake interview. Following the interview mediation sessions are conducted during 2 hour sessions with the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division.

Contact the Barkat Law Firm today to speak with a District of Columbia Family Law attorney about the mediation process and what options for resolution of divorce and custody disputes are available to you.

*this post is not associated with or endorsed by the District of Columbia Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. It is meant only to convey basic information of the program. For official information please visit their website at

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How Is Child Custody Determined in the District of Columbia?

One frequently asked question from clients is how do the courts decide who gets custody? In the District of Columbia judges use a number of statutory factors to consider what is in the “best interest of the child”. The factors the judges consider are:

  • the wishes of the child where practicable;
  • the wishes of the child’s parent or parents as to the child’s custody;
  • the interaction and interrelationship of the child with his or her parent or parents, his or her siblings, and
  • any other person who may emotionally or psychologically affect the child’s best interest;
  • the child’s adjustment to his or her home, school, and community;
  • the mental and physical health of all individuals involved;
  • evidence of an intrafamily offense;
  • the capacity of the parents to communicate and reach shared decisions affecting the child’s welfare;
  • the willingness of the parents to share custody;
  • the prior involvement of each parent in the child’s life;
  • the potential disruption of the child’s social and school life;
  • the geographic proximity of the parental homes as this relates to the practical considerations of the child’s
  • residential schedule;
  • the demands of parental employment;
  • the age and number of children;
  • the sincerity of each parent’s request;
  • the parent’s ability to financially support a joint custody arrangement;
  • the benefit to the parents.

Schedule a consultation with the Barkat Law Firm now by calling us at (202) 827-9776 or emailing to speak with a child custody attorney on how to protect you and your child’s interest in a child custody proceeding.

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