Rarely does anyone go through a divorce without having their inner compass go awry and their world turned upside down. I went through this myself, and I personally know that it’s an emotionally-disorienting process that can even impair your reasoning ability.
As a divorce and family law attorney, I know that you are suffering right now, especially if there are children involved. You will hear me say there is light at the end of the tunnel at a time when you don’t believe there even is an end of the tunnel. You will get through this, and the wounds will heal. When you choose me as your lawyer, I will work with you, and with various professionals (such as physicians, financial experts and appraisers) as needed, to effectively represent your interests.
It is important to be prepared and to know the prerequisites for divorce.
In Virginia there is a specified period of legal separation required for no-fault divorce. If minor children are involved, the mandatory time is 12 months. For couples without children, a separation of six months is required, along with a written separation agreement. Fault-based divorces, on the other hand, can be initiated and filed right away.
If you are currently separated and/or considering divorce, it is important to begin inventorying your assets and obligations. You can save time and money by knowing exactly what property each spouse had before the marriage, what was gained during marriage, the value of investments and checking and saving accounts, the types and amounts of debt acquired, as well as the types and amounts in retirement accounts or pension funds.
Though gathering information can be tedious, it is a task that must be done for accurate property division and to establish support amounts. Either you can gather this information or I can. Keep in mind, though, that the more information you accurately prepare and present to me at the beginning of the divorce process, the fewer fees you will incur.