Divorce Lawyers Alexandria

Divorce Lawyers Alexandria

We guide our clients throughout their divorce, resolving their legal problems in the most practical and efficient way possible.

Divorce Lawyers Alexandria

Divorce Lawyers Alexandria

Marriage can be a frustrating experience. When things get bad, you may not want to stay married, but even the mention of divorce may strike fear in your heart.

If this describes you, you are not alone. Many people are scared to divorce. Going from married to single is not for the faint of heart. It is not an easy thing for anyone to go through. There are requirements involved. There are many elements in play.

But the good news is that you do not have to handle a divorce on your own. The Alexandria divorce lawyers at Virginia Family Law Center can help you resolve your divorce in the most efficient way possible. You can settle your case outside of court through mediation and other methods. We can help.


Divorce Requirements in Virginia

In order to obtain a divorce in the Commonwealth of Virginia, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months. Also, you and your spouse must live separately for at least one year prior to your divorce. If you have no shared minor children, then this requirement is reduced to six months of living apart, unless one party does not agree to the divorce. 

While you can file a no-fault divorce and simply state “irreconcilable differences,” Virginia also allows you to file a fault-based divorce. You can claim fault based on any of the following:

  • Your spouse’s adultery
  • Your spouse being convicted of a felony 
  • Your spouse causing you bodily harm
  • Your spouse willfully deserting or abandoning you

Elements of Divorce

No two divorces are exactly the same. However, most divorces have one or more of the following elements:

  • Property division. In all divorces, the spouses must split marital assets and debts. This involves identifying and categorizing assets and liabilities acquired during the marriage and determining a fair way to distribute them between the spouses. 
  • Child custody and visitation. If the couple has children, determining child custody and visitation arrangements is an essential part of the divorce. The best interests of the child are typically taken into consideration,
  • Child support. In cases where one parent has primary custody of the children, the noncustodial parent may be required to provide child support. The amount is often determined by state guidelines and is based on factors such as income, the number of children, and the parents’ financial situations.
  • Spousal support. Depending on the circumstances of the divorce, one spouse may be entitled to receive spousal support from the other spouse. This financial support is meant to help the recipient spouse maintain a certain standard of living after the divorce.

Contact Us Today

Divorce is different for every couple. However, there are some common elements of which you should be aware. 

The Alexandria divorce lawyers at Virginia Family Law Center will help you handle your unique divorce. We’ll guide you through every step of the way. To schedule a consultation with our office, fill out the online form or call (703) 865-5839.


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