Virginia Beach Divorce Attorneys

We Protect Your Rights to Assets and Spousal Support

Going through a divorce can be a painful, emotional experience, but with the help of a knowledgeable lawyer, you can make good decisions during the process. You can rely on the experienced, compassionate divorce representation provided by The Dickerson & Smith Law Group.

Our attorneys understand that divorce may require you to change many parts of your life, including where you live, how much income you have and how much time you spend with your children. We work diligently to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. To schedule an appointment or speak with our Virginia Beach divorce lawyers, please call 757-828-0031 or 800-506-8133, or contact us online.

Property Division and Alimony

In a divorce, the court will attempt to divide the couple's property, assets and debts as equitably as possible. As a marital property state, Virginia law presumes that all property is marital property unless:

  • One party owned it prior to the marriage
  • It was a gift or inheritance received by one party
  • One party can prove sole ownership from the date of acquisition

In addition, if one party contributes to the maintenance, upkeep or management of the property, it may be considered hybrid property. This can be a complex issue, especially if the couple's assets were co-mingled. We recommend discussing your property rights with one of our attorneys.

Another critical aspect of divorce is the award of alimony/spousal support. Many factors contribute to the decision to award alimony, including the income of each party, the age, education and health of each party, who has ownership of the marital home, who has custody of any children, and the contributions of each party to the marriage. Generally, the court will award alimony to the spouse who needs financial support to transition to a single income. In a divorce for cause such as abandonment or adultery, however, the court may decide not to award alimony to the at-fault spouse.

Contact a Chesapeake Property Division Lawyer

Please call 757-828-0031 or 800-506-8133 to arrange an appointment.