Is My Ex Allowed to Move Away With My Child?

By Barkat Law Firm

When one parent has primary physical custody of a child the other parent may feel powerless if the physical custodian decides they want to relocate to another area with the child. In Washington, DC the courts must consider the “best interest factors” in determining whether a party is allowed to move with the child. You  … Read more


How Can I Get More Custody Time with my Child?

By Barkat Law Firm

If the court has already issued a custody order in Washington, DC and you want to increase your parenting time you will need to show that there has been a substantial and material change in circumstances affecting the best interest of your child. Some common examples of substantial and material changes that may be used  … Read more


Do I Have to Pay Alimony?

By Barkat Law Firm

In Washington, DC alimony is not automatic, and the court only awards support if ordering it would be “just and fair.” Need to speak with an attorney about defending against an alimony claim? To send a message Click Here then finish the article. Unlike some other jurisdictions Washington, DC does not rely on any set  … Read more


I’ve Been Served With Divorce Papers – What Do I Do Now?

By Barkat Law Firm

Whether expected or unexpected being served with divorce papers is a difficult thing for most people to deal with. In addition to the potential emotional turmoil being experienced there are several things you will need to take care of once you have been served. Need to contact a divorce lawyer now? To send a message  … Read more



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