Divorce is one of the hardest changes you may ever face…
Why is it important to have a lawyer in a divorce case? Divorce in Virginia can be difficult, complex, time consuming and expensive. But it doesn’t have to be any of those things. Finding an attorney you trust is the first step to avoiding the unnecessary stress, time, and expense that divorce can often bring.
What should I look for in a divorce attorney? Choosing an attorney to represent you in your divorce can sometimes seem difficult, as well. Will my attorney fight for me if I need him to? Will my attorney understand my case? Will my attorney care about my case? You should feel comfortable answering all those questions with a resounding “yes”, or your case may just turn out to be more difficult, complex, time consuming, and expensive than it needs to be.
What is this firm’s overall approach to divorce? At Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, P.L.C. , our experienced trial attorneys are committed to the idea that every client should understand the laws affecting his or her divorce case, the options available, and the time and money that can be involved in reaching a final resolution. We are equally committed to the idea that every client is important. Every client deserves respect and individualized attention. And every client should know that the divorce attorney they have chosen is an advocate they can trust.
What does divorce in Virginia entail? Divorce in Virginia can involve issues of marital property division, child custody, child support, spousal support, and allegations of “fault” in the marriage such as adultery, cruelty, desertion, or domestic violence. The laws governing these issues are complex, and no one should attempt to litigate or negotiate them alone.
What has to be proven to get a divorce in Virginia? To be granted a divorce in Virginia, one must first prove that a “grounds of divorce” exists. These can include one or more of various “fault” grounds, such as adultery, cruelty, desertion, or reasonable apprehension of bodily harm. Most “fault based” grounds of divorce, with the exception of adultery, also require that the parties have remained intentionally separated for a period of one year or more. A divorce can also be granted on “no-fault” or separation grounds alone, if the parties have remained intentionally separated for the statutory period, which can be one year or six months, depending on the situation.
There are also residency requirements and other conditions which must be properly alleged and proven to be granted a divorce.
Do I have to go to trial to get divorced? No. Aggressive advocacy in divorce not only means having the willingness and ability to take a case to court, but also recognizing the benefits of settling matters outside of court with a marital separation agreement. The attorneys at Rinehart, Butler, Hodge and Moss recognize that the ability to take a case to trial and the ability to succesfully negotiate a case go hand-in-hand. They are both vital tools to achieve the goals and reach the results that are most important to you.
Not only should you consider settlement as an option, but you should understand the numerous benefits that settling outside of court can offer. Our attorneys are committed to helping you understand all the advantages and disadvantages of both litigation and settlement as options to reach a satisfactory conclusion of your divorce.
Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, P.L.C. practice divorce and family law in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area and surrounding counties, including Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Prince William, and the City of Fredericksburg.