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Alexandria Divorce Attorney

Alexandria Divorce Attorney

If you are tired of living in an unhappy marriage, you may be contemplating divorce. To divorce in Virginia, you need to meet some requirements. 

First, you must have lived in Virginia for at least six months prior to filing for divorce. In order to obtain a no-fault divorce in Virginia, you and your spouse be separated from one another for a minimum of six months. If you have minor children, this requirement is extended to one year of living separately. 

Virginia is different from most other states in that it allows fault-based divorces based on any of the following:

  • Your spouse has committed adultery.
  • Your spouse abandoned or deserted you.
  • Your spouse caused you bodily harm or put you in fear of bodily harm.
  • Your spouse has a felony conviction that caused them to be incarcerated.

 

Common Elements of Divorce

You and your spouse will need to negotiate on the terms of your divorce. These elements may include the following:

  • Property division. In Virginia, marital property is divided equitably, which means fairly. This is determined by various factors, such as the duration of the marriage, what each spouse contributed to the marriage, and the income and earning potential of each spouse.
  • Alimony. Alimony is available in some situations, particularly if one spouse earns much less than the other spouse. It is available for those who have been married for six years or more. If you were married for 6 to18 years, you will likely receive support for half the length of the marriage. If you were married for at least 19 years, you will likely receive support permanently—that is, until you die or remarry. 
  • Child custody. There are two types of custody in Virginia — legal and physical. Legal custody refers to decision-making authority, while physical custody is who the child spends time with. Both these types of custody are often shared between the parents. 
  • Child support. When one parent is given primary custody of the children, the other parent will likely have to pay child support. The amount of child support depends on factors such as income, alimony, health insurance, and daycare expenses. 

If you cannot agree on one or more items, discuss the situation with your lawyer. Mediation may be helpful, as it allows you and your spouse to work toward a solution together, outside of court. If you cannot come to an agreement, then things get more difficult (and expensive). You will need to have a judge decide in court. 

 

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A divorce is no easy event to handle. Besides the death of a loved one, it is one of the hardest and most emotional things a person can go through. 

Do not handle your divorce on your own. Make life easier with help from the Alexandria divorce attorneys at the Virginia Family Law Center. We will handle all the legal components and help you divorce with ease. Fill out the online form or call our office to schedule a consultation.

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