Divorce whether contested or uncontested is difficult for everyone involved. The parties in a divorce are often overwhelmed by the complexity of the financial and legal decisions that are required. Parties are often unsure of where to begin or how to protect their interests. If you are facing a divorce, our experienced Richmond and Petersburg attorneys are here to speak to you about your concerns and goals.
At Paul & Perdue Attorneys our goal is to help our clients develop a plan to guide you through the divorce process and resolve this difficult life event as quickly and favorably as possible. Whether it’s negotiating a settlement or representing you at trial, we are to help you through the complicated contested divorce process.
Types of Divorce in Virginia – Fault and No-Fault Divorce
In Virginia, there are two types of ways a party can file for divorce. The first type of divorce is fault based divorce. Fault based divorce requires some bad behavior on the party of one of the spouses. These fault based divorce grounds include, adultery, cruelty, desertion and conviction of a felony. Fault based divorce is very difficult and requires that certain evidence be presented to the court. If you believe you should file a fault based divorce we recommend you consult with an experienced attorney to make sure you are protecting your rights.
No-Fault Divorce is the primary option for most divorcing couples. A no fault divorce is based on a period of separation. For couples with minor children, the parties must live separate and apart without cohabitation for one year. For couples without minor children, the period of separation may be separated for only six months. However, the parties must have a separation agreement if they want to take advantage of the shorter six month separation. While no-fault divorce is the most popular type of divorce in Virginia, it may not be the best option for you. It is important to meet with a Virginia divorce attorney to discuss your options based upon the specific circumstances of your case.
How Can We Help?
There are two ways to resolve a contested divorce. The first is through a negotiated settlement agreement. The second is by trial in front of a judge. We regularly assist clients with negotiating and drafting divorce settlement agreements. We also represent clients in equitable distribution and final divorce hearings before a circuit court judge. Equitable Distribution is the process by which a court decides how to divide your property and debts. There are many parts to a contested divorce case. Trials before the court require advanced planning and extensive preparation. From the first consultation our experienced divorce lawyers will work to explain, guide and fight for you through each step in the process.
Common Parts of a Contested Divorce
Representation at Trial
Post-Trial Transfer of Assets
Enforcement of Court Orders
Don’t get overwhelmed trying to handle a contested divorce on your own. Call Us for a Consultation and let us explain the divorce process in Virginia. We will protect your rights and develop a roadmap that prepares you for life after divorce.
Areas We Serve.
Chesterfield, Chester, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Fort Lee, Hopewell, Midlothian, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond and Sussex.