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A Look At No-Fault Divorce

If you are considering a legal separation or divorce, you should consider obtaining the advice of a divorce lawyer near D.C. D.C. is a no-fault jurisdiction, which means there are specific requirements you must fulfill when you submit your divorce papers in family court.

A no-fault divorce is a concept in divorce law that refers to a situation when neither spouse is required to show that the other party did anything wrong. In the District of Columbia one party must simply demonstrate to the court that the marriage is irretrievably broken. In the District of Columbia the party seeking a divorce is required to show either that the parties have by mutual agreement been living separate and apart for six months or if there is not a mutual agreement that the parties have been living separate and apart for one year. “Living separate and apart” means that the parties have been leading separate lives, sleeping in different beds, and have ceased any kind of sexual relationship.