Filing for divorce in DC is not a difficult process. However, before you can file for divorce in DC, you must be sure that all of the issues between you and your spouse are settled. Otherwise, you will have to file for divorce and go through the process as if the divorce is contested. This process is longer and more expensive than filing for an Uncontested Divorce.
Once you have settled all the outstanding issues with your spouse, such as division of your marital property, custody of your children, child support, division of retirement benefits, division of debts, etc., through a Separation Agreement, there are two other requirements that must be met before you can file for divorce in DC.
First, you must meet the residency requirement. This says that one of you must have been a continuous resident of DC for six months before you file for divorce.