When it comes to divorce, the financial ramifications alone are enough to knock you off balance. When you add the effects that divorce can have on your experience as a parent to the mix, it can be utterly overwhelming. The most important point to make when it comes to divorce, however, is that it is critical to carefully protect your parental and financial rights from the outset – with the professional legal counsel of an experienced Virginia divorce attorney in your corner.
In order to obtain a divorce in the Commonwealth of Virginia, one of you must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing. In order to file a no-fault divorce in Virginia, you and your spouse must live separately and apart from one another for at least one year prior to your divorce. If, however, you have no shared minor children, this requirement is reduced to six months of living separately. Further, Virginia – unlike a number of other states – does allow fault-based divorces, which can be predicated on any of the following:
In order for your divorce to be fault-based, you will need to specifically prove the grounds involved.
While your divorce will be unique to you, the basic terms you will need to negotiate with your divorcing spouse include (as applicable) all the following:
If you and your divorcing spouse are able to negotiate terms in each category that applies to your divorce, you won’t need the court to make big-picture decisions on your behalf. Toward this end, however, you will not be left solely to your own devices when it comes to the difficult process of hammering out mutually acceptable divorce terms with your soon-to-be-ex. Your savvy divorce attorney will help you explore your options, engage in strategic negotiations, and – overall – move forward with increased purpose and confidence.
There are also alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options, such as mediation, available. Finally, negotiating terms isn’t something that is all or nothing. If you and your soon-to-be-ex are able to negotiate one or more of the terms that apply to your divorce, it is one less matter that you will need the court to address.
If you are facing a divorce, the accomplished Virginia divorce attorneys at Virginia Family Law Center understand the serious nature of your concerns and are well equipped to help guide your case toward a favorable resolution. For more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us today.
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