An Overview Of Family Law In Virginia
If you and your spouse have decided to file for divorce in Virginia, you are entering a legal process that is complex and at times emotional. The one person who you had vowed to spend the rest of your life with has suddenly become a legal adversary, and decisions regarding finances and other vital matters can become clouded.
The family law attorneys at Pack Law Group have an intimate understanding of Virginia divorce law, and can relate on a personal level as husbands and fathers who have gone through a divorce or child custody dispute. We promise to not only protect your legal rights but also to answer your questions and minimize the stressful toll that this process takes so that you can move forward with your life.
Division Of Property In A Virginia Divorce
When you dissolve your marriage, you must also come to an agreement about the separation of assets and liabilities. If the parties cannot reach a fair and equitable settlement, the court will make the decision according to Virginia law.
The courts will determine whether each piece of property is separate property or part of the marital estate. Any items, assets and debt, acquired during the marriage are considered marital property.
The courts consider several factors in determining the division of assets such as the length of the marriage, the earning power of each spouse, health and age, among others. Having skilled legal counsel in your corner during this process is critical.
Other Issues Related To Your Divorce
Many divorces involve more than just dissolving a union and dividing property. If you have minor children or meet certain conditions, you may face some other contentious issues. These include:
- Child custody and visitation: Who your children live with and how to arrange a visitation can be a contested and emotional issue in a divorce.
- Child support: Each parent must financially support their minor children. While the state has statutory guidelines for this, courts have the ability to deviate from the rules when they see fit.
- Spousal support: Also referred to as alimony or maintenance, one spouse may be required to pay ongoing or temporary support to the other.
In all these instances, it is essential that you have the right representation to protect the financial and emotional welfare of you and your loved ones.
Comprehensive Virginia Family Law Support
In addition to divorce and child custody matters, the attorneys at the Pack Law Group provide assistance across a range of family law matters, including negotiating and drafting prenuptial agreements, establishing or challenging paternity claims, stepparent adoptions, and more.
As fathers ourselves who have been through difficult custody battles, we are particularly concerned with issues surrounding dad’s rights in family law. For help with any family law matter, contact the Pack Law Group at 540-586-7225 for advice and representation from knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated Virginia family law attorneys.