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The Law Office of Seth Shich LLC has experience litigating both custody and divorce disputes. Divorce and custody disputes can be bitterly-fought and emotional conflicts. DC, like many jurisdictions, has adopted no-fault divorce. Under no-fault statutes, married couples are entitled to obtain a divorce if they meet the residency and period of separation requirements. In DC, both parties need to have been separated for at least six months, and at least one of the parties must have been a resident of DC for six months or longer.
In a contested divorce action, the judge will typically make certain rulings on the distribution of marital assets as well as the classification of property as marital or separate. The judge also has discretion to award alimony and, if the distribution of assets and custody are decided simultaneously, child support.
In calculating the amount of child support that each parent must pay, courts look to the District of Columbia Child Support Guideline. D.C. Code § 16-916.01. Alimony is generally rehabilitative (meant to get you back on your feet) rather than permanent or long-term; however, there are certain exceptions to this rule. For example, Federal law mandates that immigrants who have been sponsored by their spouses and whose spouses have signed an Affidavit of Support or Form I-864 must be supported indefinitely at 125% of the federal poverty guidelines until certain events come to pass.
Custody, unlike divorce, focuses on who will be the guardian of the child rather than on financial or other issues. One may be granted primary, sole, or shared custody. In addition, custody may be legal (meaning you get to make the important decisions in the child's life) and/or physical (meaning you get to take care of the child). The preeminent concern of the court in making a custody determination is the "best interests of the child."