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
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
Years ago if you wanted to hire an attorney you either looked for a referral from someone you knew or looked in the local Yellow Pages. With the proliferation of attorneys in the market and attitudes towards attorney advertising changing the problems is not so much scarcity as it is who to trust among the … Read more
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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