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Jamie Kurtz has been a practicing divorce lawyer since 2008. She received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007. Ms. Kurtz was selected to Rising Stars for 2013 - 2016, 2019 - 2020, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. She also co-founded a law firm that specializes in uncontested divorce cases.

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Online Divorce in Washington D.C.

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Washington DC, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Washington DC.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Washington DC has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce is the perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Washington DC is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Washington DC with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.


When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Washington DC, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.


Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Washington DC is no exception.

To file for divorce in Washington DC, one or the other spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing or have served in the armed forces in the state for this length of time.

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Washington DC driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Washington DC. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.


The District of Columbia recognizes the following for as the only two valid grounds for divorce:



Mutual and voluntary separation without any cohabitation for a minimum of six months; and


Living separate and apart without any cohabitation for at least one year. Please note that “Living separate and apart” can be accomplished while living under the same roof, if the spouses do not share a bed or their food. [District of Columbia Code An­notated; Title 16, Chapter 9, Sections 904, 905, and 906].

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Custody of the child in Washington D.C.

Custody of the child

A court in Washington DC will grant the custody of the children at the time of divorce. The child custody can be granted to either of the parents on the following grounds.

  • What is in the best interests of the child, without any regard to either spouse’s gender or sexual preference, race, skin color, national origin, or any political affiliations.

Upon divorce, court make child custody decision for a divorce in District of Columbia, court may consider the following points:

  • The preference of the child, if the child is of age and maturity;
  • The desires of the parents;
  • The child’s adjustment to his or her home, school, and community;
  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved;
  • The relationship of the child with parents and other significant family members;
  • The willingness of the parents to work together in a custody agreement;
  • The prior involvement that the parent’s had in the child’s life;
  • The location in regard to each other of the parents;
  • The perceived sincerity of the parent’s request;
  • The age and number of children in the family;
  • The demands of the parent’s employment;
  • The impact on any state or federal benefits;
  • Any evidence of domestic abuse;
  • The ability of the parents to communicate and make shared decisions that would affect the child’s welfare;
  • The potential disruption of the child’s school and social life;
  • The adult’s ability to support a joint custody arrangement financially and;
  • The benefit to the parents

Rules for child support in Washington D.C.

Washington DC’s standard child support rules and regulations will apply in almost every divorce case, barring extraordinary circumstances. Both parents’ gross incomes and some child related expenses will be considered as the child support is calculated. Child support continues until the child reaches age 18 and it may extend until the completion of secondary education in some cases.

Either parent can be ordered to pay child support during and after a divorce. Detailed child support guidelines are found in Title 16, Chapter 9, Sections 916.01 and 916.02. These guidelines are to be interpreted on a gender neutral basis. Variations from these official child support guidelines are accepted based on these factors:

  • The child has special needs;
  • The non-custodial parent’s income is much less than the custodial parent’s income;
  • There is a property settlement between the parents providing resources for the child above minimum support requirements;
  • The non-custodial parent provides support for other dependents;
  • The non-custodial parent requires a temporary reduction of no longer than 12 months in support payments to repay a substantial debt;
  • The custodial parent provides medical insurance coverage;
  • The custodial parent receives child support payments for additional children AND the custodial parent’s income is greater than the non-custodial parent; and
  • Other extraordinary factors.

Child support can be ordered to be paid through the Clerk of the Superior Court. [District of Columbia Code Annotated; Title 16, Chapter 9, Sections 911, 916, 916.01, and Title 46, Section 201].

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Rules for spousal support in Washington D.C.

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, which can be sometimes referred to as spousal support, may be ordered by the court to help a spouse live and comfortably exist in a manner established during marriage after the divorce. Assistance may be decided together upon by the couple before filing or it may be awarded by the court in a contested marriage dissolution case.

Spousal support is handled completely on a case-by-case basis, and spousal support may be temporary, permanent, or may not be awarded. 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:

  • The ability that the party who seeks alimony has to become wholly or partly self-supporting;
  • Any time necessary for the party who seeks alimony to obtain sufficient education or training;
  • A standard of living that the parties enjoyed during their marriage;
  • Length of the marriage;
  • Circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the spouses;
  • Current ages of all parties;
  • The physical and mental condition of each party;
  • The ability of the spouse from whom alimony is sought to meet his or her own needs while still meeting the needs of the other party; and
  • The financial requirements and any financial resources of each party. [District of Columbia Code Annotated; Title 16, Chapter 9, Sections 911 and 913].

Property division in Washington D.C.

Property division

Washington DC is considered an “equitable distribution” state. Each spouse’s separate property which is that including property:

  • Obtained before the marriage;
  • Obtained from an inheritance;
  • Specified as separate prop­erty due to a written agreement between the spouses; or
  • Property which was acquired in trade for separate property or from an increase in value of separate property.

All separate property is kept by the spouse who owns this prop­erty. Marital property which is acquired during the marriage, to include any property acquired as a gift, should be divided equally, without any regard to fault, based on these factors:

  • The contribution that each spouse made towards obtaining the marital property, including any contribution of each spouse as homemaker;
  • The value of each spouse’s separate property;
  • The economic circumstances of each spouse when the property division would take place;
  • The duration of the marriage;
  • The age and wellness of spouses;
  • The jobs of the spouses;
  • The incomes of the spouses;
  • Any vocational skills the spouses may have;
  • The employable skills of the spouses;
  • The property, debts, and overall needs of each spouse and what opportunities that each may have for further acquisition of said assets and income;
  • The income tax consequences of the court’s division of any property;
  • Liabilities of the individuals;
  • Any prior marriages of each of the spouses;
  • Whether a property award would be instead of or in addition to spousal maintenance;
  • Who acquired the property and how; and if there is a custodial provisions for the children. [Washington DC Code Annotated; Title 13 Chapter 15 Section 1513].

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Mediation support in Washington D.C.

The court can order either spouse, or both, to attend parenting education classes in cases where child custody is at an issue.[District of Columbia Code Annotated; Title 16, Chapter 9, Section 914].

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

Divorce forms in Washington D.C.

Washington DC forms produced by OnlineDivorce.com are court approved divorce forms. We have automated the process of filling them out to simplify matters and avoid any difficulties which may occur with filling out paperwork alone. By utilizing OnlineDivorce.com, you can simplify the process of preparing divorce documents and help both parties to move forward with their lives.

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Filing fees for divorce in Washington D.C.

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take?

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

Here is how OnlineDivorce.com makes completing divorce papers easier:

  • We provide the full divorce packet required by the local court - clients do not need to drive to their local courthouse to get the blank forms or search for the right divorce forms online. In rare cases, local county forms can vary in color, paper material, size, or bar code, so they may need to be obtained directly from the county clerk's office.
  • We complete the necessary forms for clients based on their answers given in a simple guided online interview - clients do not need to understand family law or read through complicated instructions to figure out how to fill out the forms themselves.
  • We give detailed, easy to follow step-by-step instructions for filing a divorce with the court - so the client knows exactly what to do to get his/her divorce finalized.
  • We provide unlimited technical support - if a client needs assistance through the online process, he/she can always reach out to us via phone, email, or live chat, and we'll do our best to help.
  • We save our clients time and money - if divorcing spouses agree regarding the terms of their divorce, they typically don’t have to pay thousands to a lawyer to handle their divorce forms and don't need to spend hours trying to do it all by themselves.
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