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District of Columbia Divorce Information
These statutes are the property of Washington D.C., we only provide them as a courtesy. This is not meant to replace legal advice.
When we receive your information we will forward your case to our Washington D.C. paralegal who will prepare your documents. Washington D.C. has state required forms which we use for all Washington D.C. cases.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS AND WHERE TO FILE:
Either spouse must be a resident for at least 6 months prior to filing for a divorce. All active military members that are stationed in Washington D.C. are considered a residents as long as they have been stationed for at least 6 months. (District of Columbia Code - Title 16 - Chapter 9 - Sections: 902)
LEGAL GROUNDS FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE:
No-Fault: (1) Mutual voluntary separation without cohabitation for 6 months; (2) living separate and apart without cohabitation for 1 year. "Living separate and apart" may be accomplished under the same roof, if the spouses do not share bed or food.
Fault: (1) Mutual voluntary separation without cohabitation for 6 months and (2) living separate and apart without cohabitation for 1 year are the only grounds for divorce in Washington D.C. (District of Columbia Code - Title 16 - Chapter 9 - Sections: 904, 905, 906)
There is no provision for Legal Separation in Washington D.C.
The court will determine the support amount according to the current child support guidelines that are in place. If the court finds that the calculated amount is not appropriate form a specific case, it shall deviate from that amount by considering the following deviation factors: (a) the child's needs are exceptional; (b) the non-custodial parent's income is substantially less than the custodial parent's income; (c) a property settlement between the parents provides resources for the child above the minimum support requirements; (d) the non-custodial parent provides support for other dependents and the guideline amounts would cause hardship; (e) the non-custodial parent needs a temporary reduction [of no longer than 12 months] in support payments to repay a substantial debt; (f) the custodial parent provides medical insurance coverage; (g) the custodial parent receives child support payments for other children and the custodial parent's household income is substantially greater than that of the non-custodial parent; and (h) any other extraordinary factors. Child support may be ordered to be paid through the Clerk of the Superior Court. (District of Columbia Code - Title 16 - Chapter 9 - Sections: 911, 916)
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