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 Lawyer 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 Lawyer can also walk you through the process of how a court evaluates competing child custody claims, and how the court approaches child support.
How Divorce Lawyers in DC can help settle your case without trial
Litigating a divorce in DC involves a lot of time and energy, and so our first approach is always to see if 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. Sometime 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.
How Divorce Lawyers in DC can help your case if you have to go to trial
If you have to litigate, then its 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.
What if I’m Not Sure Whether I want to get a Divorce in DC
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.
Choosing a Washington DC Family Lawyer
Having a judge decide how property is divided and/or how custody of your children will be split is not how most people envision their relationships will end up. A good DC Divorce Lawyer will not just give you legal advice, but will help you avoid falling into the traps that add more stress to an already difficult situation.
With so many DC Divorce Lawyers available to choose from it helps to have some criteria to evaluate your options. Your divorce in DC you should be handled by a Washington DC Divorce Lawyer who only practices Family Law, by doing so you ensure that you are represented by someone who is well-versed on the complexities of divorce in DC. Your DC Divorce Lawyer should also be experienced in both negotiating settlements and litigating family law cases in DC. Someone who is proficient in both will allow you to choose what is a better option for you rather than going with what your attorney is better at. Your Divorce Attorney in Washington, DC should also be a recognized attorney. A DC Divorce Lawyer who has is recognized means that they have been vetted by third party organizations and also by their former clients. Look for reviews and other commendations that show how DC Divorce Lawyers stack up against one another.
Whether it is legal advice, helping you step back from engaging in high conflict interactions with your spouse by being a buffer, or just being there for you to listen when things are getting hard, there are a lot of ways a DC Family Law Attorney can help. If a phone call isn’t enough to get a feel for the Divorce Lawyers in DC you research, then take the time to go meet them and make sure you are comfortable in how they interact with you. Choosing someone you trust is imperative to getting the best resolution for your divorce in DC. Our accolades, and our relationships with our current and former clients, show just how much we do to help our clients. Call or email us today and see how we can help you.
Civil Protective Order
Dealing with domestic violence is an unfortunate reality for many people. Whether you are seeking protection from a domestic violence offender, or are fighting against being wrongfully accused, it is imperative to discuss your case with a DC Family Lawyer. Civil Protective Orders, while civil in nature, have lasting impacts and can have criminal repercussions for violation. If a civil protective order is issued, then it can affect custody rights, property rights, and also require the forfeiture of any firearms. Aside from the implications to property rights further complicating matters is the fact that Civil Protective Orders require an expedited process where many normal trial procedures are either limited or altogether eliminated. We can walk you through this process to make sure you get the protection from a perpetrator, or a false accuser, that you need.
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.
Want to avoid the drama of what comes with a divorce in DC? One way to mitigate the possibility for a heated divorce battle is to enter into a premarital agreement with your prospective spouse. For a premarital agreement to be valid there are many requirements that must be met, and if those requirements are not met then your agreement will not hold up. Talk to our DC Family Lawyer today, and you can learn about everything you need to know about getting a premarital agreement, and more importantly getting one done right so it holds up.