Contested & Uncontested Divorce
Experienced attorneys guiding you through a complex divorce process
We are dedicated to providing you with focused service individually tailored to your needs during a complicated time in your life.
Each divorce is specific to the individuals and circumstances involved. Whether you are separated or contemplating separation, there are multiple facets of Virginia divorce law and how marital issues are addressed. This requires specific attention to detail in the application of the law to your circumstances.
Having the right attorney by your side providing you with advice based on experience and knowledge of the law is crucial to achieving your goals and expectations.
We can help you with the following types of divorce:
Based on your circumstances, several types of divorce can be differentiated according to law or how you and your spouse approach it.
Contested divorce are those where the parties are unable to resolve at least one issue that needs to be resolved by a judge after conducting a trial. Because of the complexity and nuance required to effectively conduct hearings and trials, it is crucial to hire an attorney with courtroom experience and knowledge of the law to protect you and your rights.
An uncontested divorce is where the couple agrees on how to resolve the issues in the divorce without a need for a judge to decide in a trial. These issues include child custody/visitation, child support, spousal support or alimony, and equitable distribution of property and debt. Most uncontested cases are resolved when the parties enter into and sign a Separation Agreement or property settlement agreement. The Agreement is submitted to the court along with the required documentation to finalize the divorce. This process usually eliminates the need to appear in court.
Fault-based divorces are those that are initiated because of one spouse’s conduct that caused the severance of the marriage. Grounds include adultery, desertion of one’s spouse, abandoning one’s spouse, and/or physical and mental cruelty. There is no waiting requirement to file for divorce on fault-based grounds.
No-fault divorces are not based on grounds that one spouse’s conduct has caused the marriage to fall apart. Spouses that agree that the marriage should be terminated can enter a no-fault divorce. In Virginia, spouses that have been, and had the intent to remain, separate and apart for one year qualify for a no-fault divorce. In the event the couple has no minor children and a signed separation agreement, the law provides that the separation lasts six months.
The benefits of hiring Garriott Maurer, PLLC divorce lawyers include:
Favorable division of assets
We help you shorten winded and disputed negotiations with your spouse, ensuring you receive what you fairly deserve.
We act as an unbiased mediator and your voice of reason, guiding you to make sound and practical decisions.
We ensure that your paperwork is filed correctly and on time to avoid errors and delays in the process.
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We offer expert consultation and representation from knowledgeable, experienced attorneys who will tenaciously fight for your rights, no matter the circumstances of your case.