Washington D.C. Info

Washington D.C. Divorce Start Your Divorce Find Professionals Washington D.C. Articles Divorce Facts Divorce Grounds Residency Divorce Laws Mediation/Counseling Divorce Process Legal Separation Annulments Property Division Alimony Child Custody Child Support Divorce Forms Process Service Grandparent Rights Forum Washington D.C. Products

Washington D.C. Articles

Divorce/General Parenting SEE ALL

Info Categories

Contemplating Divorce Children & Divorce Divorce, Dollars & Debt Divorce Laws Divorce Process Divorce Negotiation SEE ALL

More Information

Articles Checklists Research Center Cases of Interest Dictionary Encyclopedia Encyclopedia (pop-up) Blogs

For Professionals

Advertise With Us Free Network Page Join Our Network Submit Articles Sign In

Network Sites

D.C. Divorce Support D.C. Divorce Online

District of Columbia Divorce Facts

When going through a divorce in in the District of Columbia, it's helpful to have some key information. Below you will find some of the most important facts everyone getting a divorce in Washington D.C. should know. The facts listed here are only a selected few of the more comprehensive set of District of Columbia Divorce Laws available for your reference. Remember, every state's law is different, and if you're not sure about a law in your state, you should ask a qualified District of Columbia Divorce Professional.

  • One of the spouses must be a resident for six months prior to filing.
  • No-fault divorce is permitted when there is mutual voluntary separation for six months or the spouses have been living separate and apart for one year, which may be accomplished under the same roof if the parties do not share a bed and food.
  • The District of Colombia recognizes common law marriages.
  • Legal separation, divorce a mensa et thoro ("from bed and board"), may be granted on the grounds of 1) adultery, 2) cruelty, 3) voluntary separation and 4) living separate and apart without cohabitation.
  • There are no provisions in Washington D.C. for a simplified divorce.
  • The court can order either or both parents to attend parenting classes when child custody is an issue.
  • Either spouse may be awarded alimony if it is "just and proper."
  • Sole or joint custody may be granted based on the best interest of the child standard.

Start District of Columbia Divorce Start Your DC Online Divorce Today
Easy, Fast and Affordable with a 100% Guarantee.
District of Columbia Divorce Find District of Columbia Divorce Professionals in Your Area:
Go to D.C. Professionals & Resources
Join the Network
Washington D.C. Divorce Products, Services and Solutions Washington D.C. Divorce Products, Services and Solutions
Washington D.C. Divorce Resources to Help You Through the Process.
Divorce and Custody Books Discount Divorce Bookstore
Over 100 Titles of the Best Books on Divorce & Custody.
Divorce Downloads Divorce Download Center
Instantly Download, Books, Manuals, & Forms.
Divorce Worksheet Free DC Divorce Worksheet & Separation Agreement
Your Guide to Get Organized and Put Everything in Writing.
Divorce Lawyers & Mediators

Find Professionals

Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Enter Your Zip Code:


Start Your Divorce File for a Washington D.C. Divorce


Settle Your Divorce Negotiate Your Washington D.C. Divorce


Support Forum Washington D.C. Support Forum

Guarantee Official PayPal Seal Facebook Twitter Versign Secure Site