People often ask me if they can file for divorce in DC if they were married in a different state.
The answer is Yes.
Residency requirements for a DC divorce:
You can file for divorce in DC as long as you have been OR your husband or wife has been a resident of DC for at least six months continuously prior to filing. Only one of you needs to be a resident of DC in order to file.
In addition, you must have been living separate and apart continuously for at least six months if you both agree to the divorce. Otherwise, you have to wait to file until you have been separated for one year.
Preparing to file for a divorce in DC
However, in the meantime, you can work on negotiating a Separation Agreement if your husband or wife agrees to do so. It is best to speak to an attorney to be sure how and when you can file.