The Washington DC metro area is a curious creature. Generally, it includes Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, but it’s not unheard of for people to commute here from their homes in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware (as Joe Biden did during his time in Washington). While these are all separate jurisdictions, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia (“the DMV”) do share a similar culture. The area is notorious for its high cost of living, including high real estate costs. Opportunities in government, lobbying, education and technology brings in some of the smartest and highly educated people in the country. As a result, there are “transplants” here from all over the U.S. and countries from around the world.
What does this mean for family law in the Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia? It can be trickier to determine the proper venue, particularly when there are child custody or child support issues. Military members may not actually be domiciled in the area, their duty station does not necessarily determine their legal domicile. Additionally, families moving into and out of the DC metro region have additional challenges in having out of state orders enforced, or may find they have to return to the old jurisdiction to change a custody or visitation schedule in some circumstances. Employees with security clearances need to be especially careful in divorce situations, as failures to pay debts can negatively affect their clearances. These are just a few examples to show that DC metro families need experienced counsel to help navigate their family law issues.
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