Separating from your spouse and going through a divorce can be a daunting process. Not only are there strong emotions to work through, but there are often complex legal issues to sort out including how to divide marital property, whether or not alimony will be an issue in your case, how to decide child custody and child support issues, and other issues that often arise in a divorce in DC.
Getting a Washington, DC Divorce Lawyer who is familiar with navigating these issues is crucial to getting the outcome you desire. Sheraz Barkat is an experienced and recognized DC divorce lawyer who can help by explaining the law of divorce in DC, your options, and what to expect when going through a divorce in DC.
DC Divorce Lawyers Can Help
A DC Family Law attorney can explain how to get a divorce in DC including the requirements you have to meet to get a divorce to grant you and your spouse a divorce. DC is a “no-fault” jurisdiction, meaning neither party has to prove the other did anything wrong to get a divorce, but in order to get a divorce in DC, you must meet residency and separation requirements.
It is important for your Washington DC Divorce Lawyer to explain to you how the court identifies and treats marital property in a divorce in DC. The law treats property acquired before and during the marriage differently, and there are important exceptions and caveats on how the court will treat items such as retirement accounts in a divorce in DC. A DC family Law attorney can also walk you through the process of how a court evaluates competing child custody claims, and how the court approaches child support.
How Barkat can help settle your case without a trial
Litigating a divorce in DC involves a lot of time and energy, and so our first approach is always to see if the settlement is an option. If so our DC Family Lawyer will work with you to negotiate a resolution to your divorce in DC that minimizes the time spent in court, and thereby the money you spend on an attorney. This process involves gathering and exchanging all the information and documents necessary to negotiate a reasonable resolution, explaining the pros and cons of settlement, and what to expect at trial if you cannot settle. Sometimes the use of a third-party mediator can help facilitate a negotiated settlement, and our DC Divorce Lawyer has worked with several mediators who can step in and help. In some cases, it is possible to negotiate a settlement that results in you and your spouse being able to get an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce in DC is a quick and efficient divorce that requires only one short appearance in court.
Need to Go to Trial? We Can Help
If you have to litigate, then it’s best to get an attorney who is familiar with the laws of divorce in DC and has experience litigating divorce cases in DC. DC laws are different from the divorce laws in Virginia and Maryland, and often times a DC Divorce Lawyer who is based out of Washington, DC can provide a level of detail on how to approach trial in DC that Virginia and Maryland divorce lawyers who may only occasionally practice in DC cannot.
Not Sure Whether Whether to get a Divorce?
We never push our clients to move forward with a divorce in DC unless they are certain they want to do that. If you are not sure about getting a divorce but want to know your options, then get in touch.
If you just want to know the basics call us and you can get a brief overview of things. If you want something more in-depth we can arrange a meeting to walk you through exactly what to expect in a multitude of circumstances. You will have the laws of divorce in DC explained to you, and have questions about how those laws apply to your specific situation answered. You will also get tips and best practices on how to protect yourself, your family, and your assets.
In a growing number of cases, clients are working through their separation with their spouse in an amicable fashion allowing the parties to go to court without the frustration and drama that is often part of a contested divorce. The uncontested divorce process is a quick, efficient, non-adversarial process that allows you and your spouse to get everything done at one brief court hearing. Our DC Divorce Lawyer can help you walk through how to do that, and also what needs to be done once you get to the point where you can move forward with an uncontested divorce. Some DC Divorce Lawyers will try to push you to litigate so they can earn additional fees, our DC Divorce Lawyer will give you advice based on what is best for your specific situation, not our bottom line. We also offer flat-fee representation in some uncontested divorce cases.