Did You Know?: Divorce in Washington, D.C.



Did you know, in order to get a divorce in Washington D.C., you must be physically separated (not to be confused with the legal separation action you may file in Washington D.C.) prior to filing the divorce action? In fact, Washington D.C. only recognizes two legal grounds (reasons) for filing for divorce:


  1. You and your spouse have agreed to live separate and apart without cohabitation for at least 6 months, or

  2. You and your spouse have lived separate and apart without cohabitation for a year or longer whether you have agreed to do so or not.


Although the law requires the parties to live separate and apart, the parties may still live under the same roof. However, there are rules that should be followed. Parties are considered to have lived separate and apart without cohabitation as long as the parties physically occupy different spaces in the home, do not share food, and do not share a bed (do not have a sexual relationship).


Our attorneys at Mosaic Law Firm are experienced in handling family law matters. If you are considering getting a divorce and have questions, contact an experienced Washington D.C. Divorce attorney or Orlando Divorce attorney at (202) 508-8249 or (407) 675-3249.

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