Paul Hunt is a Washington DC divorce lawyer who knows that ending a marriage can be a devastating experience. Divorce can range from a simple situation involving no property rights or child custody issues to more complicated cases which have extensive involvement with many issues to consider. At the Law Offices of Paul D. Hunt, we always offer an initial FREE consultation so that we can give you a fair and balanced assessment of your legal rights and options. DC Divorce, custody and child support actions are usually consolidated together in one case, but all of the details can overwhelming. This can lead to economically devastating hardships and bring about deep personal distress.
Paul D. Hunt is a Washington DC divorce lawyer with two decades of experience in handling these cases. Having an experienced and highly regarded lawyer is crucial in succeeding in the ensuing litigation or in leveraging a favorable settlement agreement. Paul Hunt is very familiar with DC Superior Court divorce rules, relevant statutes and the case law. Thus, the way to avoid a protracted and inefficiently litigated dissolution of marriage is to have a competent, capable and dedicated DC divorce lawyer.
Divorce, Separation, Division of Property and Alimony
- Divorce in the District of Columbia from the bonds of marriage can be granted if parties have “mutually and voluntarily” resided separate/apart without cohabitation for six months preceding the commencement of the divorce action. This is a consent divorce without issues. A second type of divorce is where both parties to the marriage have lived separate and apart (pursuant to court order) without cohabitation for a period of one year next preceding the commencement of the action. This is necessary in order to have a contested divorce.
- A legal separation can granted if parties to the marriage have mutually and voluntarily lived separate and apart without cohabitation; or that both parties have lived separate and apart without cohabitation for one year preceding the filing of the action. Persons may be deemed to have lived separate and apart from one another even though you reside under the same roof as long as you have each pursued separate lives without cohabitation or have been deemed separate pursuant to a court order.
- The division of property in dissolution of marriage is first determined by allocating to each party his or her sole and separate property acquired prior to the marriage, and his or her sole and separate property acquired during the marriage by gift, bequest, devise, or descent, and any increase thereof, or property acquired in exchange thereof. The court will distribute all other property and debt accumulated during the marriage that has not been addressed in a valid antenuptial or postnuptial agreement or a decree of legal separation, in a manner that is equitable, just, and reasonable, after considering all relevant factors, including, but not limited to:
- duration of the marriage;
- age, health, occupation, income, employment of each of the parties;
- child custody awards and support thereof;
- alimony and other legal financial obligation from a prior marriage;
- the future earning capacity of each party;
- each party’s contribution to the family nucleus;
- possible financial contribution to the education of one spouse to the other enhancing the earning potential;
- each party’s fluctuations in income as a result of the marriage;
- each party’s contribution to the acquisition, preservation, appreciation, dissipation, of all depreciation assets;
- taxation considerations on the value of the distributable assets;
- the circumstances giving cause to filing of the divorce and estrangement of parties.
- The Court may issue an order for payment of alimony to either party when deemed just and proper. The Court will specify the amount, duration and basis for such award. The order may also be retroactive to the date of filing. Generally the Court will weigh the following factors in award of the alimony:
- financial structure and abilities of both parties;
- time needed for alimony receiving party to secure employment and self sufficiency;
- parties standard of living during the marriage;
- duration of marriage;
- separation causes and the contributory party; and other general factors such as
- age, physical and emotional status, financial landscape, needs and liabilities of each party, etc.
Here are some of the sample legal documents that our Washington DC divorce lawyer can help you navigate when dealing with divorce, separation or annulments in the district.
Contact the Law Office of Paul D. Hunt today for an immediate case evaluation. Divorces are generally draining both emotionally and financially. Your lawyer though should be high caliber and thorough so that you may protect your legal rights going forward. Your initial consultation with our firm is FREE.