Jurisdiction And Child Custody Disputes

By Barkat Law Firm

In the D.C. metro area child custody disputes often arise that involve multiple states. For example, the children may reside in the District of Columbia, but one of the parents reside in Virginia or Maryland or vice versa. When a situation such as this arises the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) sets the  … Read more






3 Ways To Make Your Case More Successful

By Barkat Law Firm

1. Document everything. Whether you suspect you will soon be involved in litigation or are currently involved in the litigation you can greatly help your case by documenting everything. That means telephone calls, emails, and documents you receive. Basically any and everything related to your case that could be important as evidence and documentation. You  … Read more


Third Party Custody

By Barkat Law Firm

The District of Columbia Safe and Stable Homes for Children and Youth Act allows third parties the opportunity to petition for custody of children. The Act also establishes the standards governing custody cases involving third parties. In order for a third party to have standing to sue for custody the parent who has been the  … Read more



Legal Separation In The District Of Columbia FAQs

By Barkat Law Firm

Below are some of the frequently asked questions clients have when considering a legal separation: Q: What is legal separation? A: Legal separation is the end of cohabitation between spouses. Q: Does a legal separation end my marriage? A: A separation does not legally end a marriage. Only a divorce, annulment, etc. will legally end  … Read more


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

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Uncontested 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  … Read more