Washington D.C. Online Divorce
How to File Your Own Divorce in Washington D.C.
Outlined below is some background information you should know about filing for a divorce in Washington D.C.. Once you become acquainted with this information, you can take our quiz to see if you qualify for the Washington D.C. online divorce.

Using our online divorce is a quick and easy way to get all the completed documents you need in order to file for your own, uncontested divorce, while avoiding having to pay exorbitant attorney fees.

Residency Requirements

Every state has a set of residency requirements that must be met by the filing spouse in order for the court to have jurisdiction over the divorce proceedings. If you don't meet the residency requirements of the state you're trying to file in, the case may get dismissed by the court. The residency requirements in Washington D.C. are as follows:

  • Either spouse must be a resident for at least 6 months prior to filing for a divorce
  • All active military members that are stationed in Washington D.C. are considered residents as long as they have been stationed for at least 6 months

  • (District of Columbia Code - Title 16 - Chapter 9 - Sections: 902)

Grounds for Divorce

There are also grounds each state will allow you to file under when filing for a divorce. The ground for divorce is the reason that you and your spouse are filing for a divorce. The following are the grounds for divorce in Washington D.C.:

  • No Fault:
    • Mutual voluntary separation without cohabitation for 6 months
    • Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 1 year. Living separate and apart may be accomplished under the same roof, if the spouses do not share bed or food

    (District of Columbia Code - Title 16 - Chapter 9 - Sections: 904, 905, 906)

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