Helping You Through Divorce Proceedings
Although you may realize that divorcing your spouse is necessary, handling your divorce on your own can be an overwhelming experience. There is paperwork to file and decisions to make about property division, parenting responsibilities and financial support. Trying to complete these tasks when your family is breaking up can be too much for one person to face alone.
At Tesler & Werblood, we understand that the divorce process is a complex and stressful undertaking. You can rely on our attorneys to address the legal matters that relate to your family law concerns so that you can concentrate on your family’s welfare during this difficult time. Each of our lawyers has over four decades of legal experience that they use to navigate Virginia’s divorce process efficiently.
What You Need To Know About Filing For Divorce
In Virginia, the law requires at least one party to be a resident for six months before filing a divorce petition. In addition, Virginia law requires parties to separate for one year before they can claim no-fault grounds. The separation period can be reduced to six months if you and your spouse do not have minor children together and if you can reach a settlement agreement.
Our attorneys have experience examining grounds for divorce, although no-fault grounds (in which neither party has to prove the other did anything wrong) are most common. Grounds for a divorce in Virginia include:
- Adultery, sodomy or buggery without cohabitation after knowledge of the event
- Adultery, sodomy or buggery that occurred outside of the marriage
- A felony conviction with at least a one-year stay in prison
- Cruelty, the threat of bodily harm or abandonment
- Separation of at least one year
Legal separation does not exist in Virginia; instead, voluntary separation is required.
Annulments are also possible under state law, but there are strict requirements for obtaining an annulment.
Ready To Assist You With Custody And Support-Related Issues
At Tesler & Werblood, we have experience negotiating child support, alimony and child custody for our clients. Alimony can be awarded for a specific amount of time or for an indefinite period. It can also be awarded as a lump sum. Specific criteria have been determined by the Virginia legislature for the court to consider when determining the amount and length of alimony payments.
Ask us about this and about separate maintenance, which enables a spouse to receive support but remain legally married.
Confused About Your Divorce Options? Get Honest Advice.
If you are going through a divorce, you don’t need to navigate this challenging and emotional time alone. We offer free initial consultations with a knowledgeable attorney. Contact our Falls Church firm at 703-534-9300 to start building your case.