Get The Help You Need To Make Your Divorce Less Chaotic
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 our team at The Dickerson & Smith Law Group.
We 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 will work diligently to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. We can help you with your military divorce and answer questions you have about family law matters. To schedule an appointment or speak with our Virginia Beach divorce lawyers, please call 757-828-0031 or contact us online.
Virginia Courts Distinguish Between ‘No Fault’ And ‘Fault’ Divorces
It can be confusing to complete the divorce process without the help of an attorney experienced in the nuances of the state’s divorce laws. In Virginia, if your spouse abandoned you or committed adultery, you could file a “fault” divorce. If there is no abandonment, adultery, domestic violence or other reason to end your marriage, you may file a “no-fault” divorce.
The no-fault divorce process, however, is not always simple. The court requires that you and your spouse live separately for a minimum of one year if you have children together. If you do not have children under the age of 18 and can agree to your separation agreement, the court reduces the requirement to six months.
Carefully Consider Whether Filing For A ‘Fault’ Divorce Is Right For You
In addition to living separately for one year, you may file for “fault” divorce in Virginia if you have proof that your spouse:
- Committed adultery, sodomy or buggery while you were married
- Was convicted of a felony and imprisoned for over a year
- Threatened fear of physical harm or was cruel
- Abandoned or left you for at least one year
If you file for fault divorce, the court will consider these acts when issuing spousal support or alimony and when dividing your marital property. For example, the family court may decide not to award alimony to the at-fault spouse.
If you and your spouse are unable to agree on division of your marital property, the court will attempt to divide your property, assets and debts as equitably as possible. This can be a complex issue, especially if you and your spouse were not clear about what is included in your marital property or if you own a business together.
Contact Our Experienced Divorce Attorneys Today
At The Dickerson & Smith Law Group, we know how divorces can be tough to navigate on your own. Our experienced team is here to protect your rights. We will safeguard your stability following your divorce and help get your new chapter in life off to a good start. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with us at 757-828-0031.