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Uncontested divorce in Washington, D.C.

Deciding to end their marriage, couples in Washington, D.C. have two options:

  • Contested dissolution. A contested marriage dissolution is the one where you and your spouse disagree on some of the aspects of the divorce. This also implies that you both have to get lawyers, set time aside to talk with them, keeping in mind that you might have to take time off work to do it. There is no way you can get out of this turmoil and save thousands in lawyer’s fees unless you reach an agreement without getting a third person in between.
  • Uncontested divorce. This option is available to couples who have already reached a consensus on such aspects as alimony, child custody and support, and property division and just need their divorce to be finalized by the court. Filing for such kind of divorce, spouses only need to attend one hearing and may even avoid hiring a lawyer. This is the main reason why more and more couples each year decide to go for the uncontested marriage dissolution option and use online services if they need any help.

While an uncontested divorce is the simplest option between the two, without a lawyer, you will have to deal with the paperwork on your own. As up-to-date legal forms are not easily available on the Web, you might have troubles flinging them. Moreover, if you download a document, and it is outdated or has some mistakes, you will not be able to file it. If this seems like too much work for you, and you would rather get someone reliable to deal with your paperwork, OnlineDivorcer is your best option.

In 12 years we’ve been on the market, we’ve helped thousands of divorcees to get started with their marriage dissolution process. Ordering from our company, you will receive a full package of legal forms filled out with your personal information and chosen specifically for your case.

To file for uncontested divorce,
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Filing for divorce in Washington, D.C. without a lawyer

Do not know how to start your uncontested divorce without legal help? Just follow these steps:

  • Make sure you meet the residency and separation requirements.
  • Find the required paperwork and fill it out.
  • File the forms with the Family Court Central Intake Center and pay the filing fee.
  • Serve your spouse. You can do it via certified mail or ask a person over 18 to provide your spouse with copies of the forms.
  • Attend the court hearing and answer the questions of a judge. Your spouse does not need to presented with you if both of you are residents of Washington, D.C.
  • Wait until the judge finalizes your divorce.

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How to complete a do it yourself divorce in Washington, D.C.?

It’s a fact that legal assistance in the US is extremely costly. That is why many people consider getting a DIY divorce in order to cut their expenses. While your marriage dissolution is uncontested, it does not mean that the DIY process will be simple or quick if you get no help whatsoever:

  • First of all, you need to make sure that you comply with all the requirements for marriage dissolution in Washington, D.C. For example, you and your spouse need to be separated by agreement for half a year before you are allowed to file.
  • Then, you need to check whether you are in a full agreement with your ex-husband or wife as this is the only way you will qualify for an uncontested divorce.
  • After that, you will have to visit the Washington, D.C. official website as you need to find a lot of divorce-related information. You also have to collect all the divorce forms related to your specific case. If you don’t know for sure what forms are needed, getting legal advice or doing your own research might be your best options.
  • If you and your ex-spouse have children, you need to find child-related paperwork as well. It is also important to check child custody and support guidelines and find out whether there are any parenting classes mandated by the court.
  • Once you’re done with all of the above, you can start filling out the paperwork. Do not forget to check legal terms and confusing phrases in order to avoid making mistakes when answering the questions.
  • It is also a good idea to proofread your documents once you’re done filling them out as all the incorrect forms will be rejected by the court.
  • Check if there are any classes mandated by the court for those who are representing themselves at the hearing.
  • Print, sign, and file your forms with the court.
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Washington, D.C. divorce forms

We understand that searching for forms on your own can be very hard. That is why, for your convenience, we have collected the most frequently required ones:

  • Complaint for Absolute Divorce
  • Marital Property and Marital Debt Attachment
  • Child Custody Attachment
  • Joint Request for Uncontested Divorce Hearing

Washington, D.C. divorce papers online

In order to get your divorce documents filled out, you will need to have the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.

There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know


You have to file a Complaint for Absolute Divorce with the Family Court Central Intake Center. Then you have to serve your spouse via certified mail or ask a third party (over 18) to deliver the documents to your ex-husband or wife.

Residency Requirements

Either spouse must have lived in Washington, D.C. for 6 months prior to filing.

Waiting Period

The waiting period in Washington, D.C. is 30 days.

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Getting a divorce in Washington, D.C. with a child

Spouses with kids have to solve a lot of child-related issues before finalizing their divorce.

  • In Washington, D.C., parents may share custody, having joint legal and/or physical custody. The courts are usually inclined to grant joint custody, considering it the most favorable for a child.
  • If one parent has sole custody, the second will be granted visitation rights. However, if the parent is deemed dangerous to a child, visitation may be supervised or restricted.
  • Before the court hearing, parents have to develop a visitation schedule as a part of their parenting plan. They will have to include residential, holiday, and vacation schedules.
  • While making a decision on custody, a judge considers the child’s and parents’ wishes, the mental and physical health of each party, the child's adjustment to his or her home school, the financial situation of each spouse, the child’s age, etc.
  • In Washington DC, both parents have an obligation to financially support their children. However, in most cases, child support is paid by the parent who doesn’t live with the child.


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