file for divorce?You can file for divorce in D.C. if either you or your spouse has been a resident of D.C. for six months before the date you file the divorce papers with the court. It does not matter where you are married. Only one of you has to meet the D.C. residency requirement. One can only ask for alimony and distribution of marital property in your divorce case. You will lose your opportunity to obtain alimony and distribution of marital property if you do not ask for them in your divorce case.
One may include requests for child custody and child support in a divorce case. You also can ask for child custody and/or child support in a separate case from the divorce case. In some instances a divorce can be filed in the District of Columbia but child custody and/or child support must be filed in another state.
There are two grounds for divorce in D.C.1. Separation without cohabitation for at least six months, if the separation is mutual and voluntary (in other words, if you and your spouse agree to separate), OR
2. Separation without cohabitation for at least one year, if one of you does not agree to the separation and divorce, then the required separation period is one year.