Factors In Spousal Support Awards In The District Of Columbia

By Barkat Law Firm

If you are getting a divorce in the District of Columbia you can request, and may be eligible to receive spousal support. Section 16-913 of the District of Columbia Code states that, “In determining an award for spousal support the Court looks at all relevant factors including, but not limited to, the: (1) ability of  … Read more


Dealing With Your Ex

By Barkat Law Firm

  Long after an agreement or trial settles custody between you and your ex you are still going to be left dealing with that person until your child reaches the age of majority, and even after that. Here are some tips from the Huffington Post on how to deal with an ex that is combative.


Compliance With Civil Protective Orders in the Social Media Age

By Barkat Law Firm

In the District of Columbia Civil Protective Orders (CPO’s) are available to individuals who have had a crime committed against them, or have had a crime threatened against them, by someone with whom they have had certain types of previous relationships. A standard CPO will include a provision that the person to whom the protective  … Read more


Why are Postnuptial Agreements on the Rise?

By Barkat Law Firm

One way to avoid the potential of a drawn out conflict in a divorce is to have a Postnuptial agreement in place. Half of the lawyers surveyedlast year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers cited an increase in Postnuptial Agreements. The Wall Street Journal gives 3 reasons why.


Dividing Pension Plans and other Retirement Assets

By Barkat Law Firm

  Pensions and retirement plans are frequently a source of dispute in contested divorce cases. A common solution in dividing pension plans or other retirement assets is that the non-vested spouse receives a pro rata share of the marital portion of the pension. For example, Wendy starts working in 1990, in 2000 she marries Harry,  … Read more


3 Ways To Come Across As A Credible Witness

By Barkat Law Firm

Credibility can play an important role in determine the outcome of your case. If testimony from either party comes across as improbable or unreasonable it can seriously harm your chances of getting what you want. Since opposing counsel is going to do everything in their power to demean your reliability it is essential for you  … Read more