Washington DC Divorce Laws and Resources

Whether you're just considering getting a divorce in Washington, DC or you're in the middle of the legal process, we've got you covered. We offer the information you need to know for getting a divorce or legal separation, as well as divorce recovery services and help for victims of domestic abuse. You can look up divorce and financial professionals to help you with the legal process, access divorce papers and online options for divorce, plus review the laws on divorce for the District of Columbia. Keep reading to get the help you need.

In addition to the information and resources listed below, you can read through our various articles on the divorce process, handling your emotions, and starting over in our divorce articles section.

Divorce Lawyers

Lawyer Referral Service from the State Bar Association - call (202) 296-7845 

Need a Divorce Lawyer? LegalMatch is a service which allows you to confidentially present information about your case. You'll then be able to respond to pre-screened local attorneys interested in handling your case.


Ann S. Brown

Ann S. Brown, LICSW, LCSW-C
38th and Veazey Sts, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 888-0838

I am a Psychotherapist with 20 years of experience in supporting women and teens with the challenges that accompany divorce, separation and difficult transitions. Based on my personal and professional experience, I know that as overwhelming as divorce can be, women may heal from years of sadness, become stronger and true to their best selves, and move on to far happier lives.

Marriage Reconciliation Help

Relational Harmony
Fernando Alessandri - Communication, Negotiation & Reconciliation Expert
PO Box 61
Davidsonville, MD 21035
Telephone: 443-370-2606
Serving: Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia

Divorce Form Online Preparation

Getting divorced is expensive, but you can help control the cost by using the 3stepDivorce process. This service allows you to easily prepare all the required divorce papers online by answering various questions relevant to your situation (whether you have children or not). You'll have the opportunity to access support materials on a variety of topics, which is helpful in answering your questions about specific divorce situations, and your final documents will be ready to sign in a court-approved format. Most importantly, they walk you step-by-step through the whole process of filing your own District of Columbia divorce.

QDRO Documents

With QdroDesk™, you can create the necessary paperwork required by the courts for dividing qualified pension and retirement accounts in conjunction with your divorce.

Accountants / Financial Planners

Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement - (WISER)
1140 19th Street, N.W. Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-393-5452
Fax: 202-393-5890

WISER is an organization which focuses solely on helping women to manage the unique financial challenges they face, especially during the transitional periods following divorce or the death of a spouse. Through various educational and advocacy programs, WISER is dedicated to helping women make informed decisions to improve their long-term financial outlook. Women can learn about pensions, social security issues, divorce, banking and investments, home-ownerships, and more by accessing the easy-to-understand resources on the site.

Divorce Support Groups

Metro-area Divorce Support Group
Offering divorce support for both men and women who are contemplating divorce, currently going through a divorce, or rebuilding their lives after divorce. There are question and answer sessions, video presentations, and discussion about what you are feeling and what to expect.

State-wide divorce groups

Domestic Violence Information

Domestic Violence Shelter/Housing & Resources in DC

Coalition Against Domestic Abuse - DC Chapter

DC Divorce Laws

District of Columbia Online Divorce Statutes - Scroll down to Title 16 and click the + sign to access Chapter 9. Click on the + sign to expand the chapter.

Chapter 9: Annulment, Divorce, Separation, Support, etc. - Specific sections:
Residence requirements for divorce and separation (§ 16-902)
Grounds for divorce, legal separation, and annulment (§ 16-904)
Discharge or conversion of legal separation decree (§ 16-905)
Equitable distribution of property (§ 16-910)
Alimony / spousal support (§ 16-913)
Name change incidental to divorce (§ 16-915)
Child custody laws (§ 16-914)
Child support (§ 16-916.01)
Effective date of decree for annulment or absolute divorce (§ 16-920)

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