Northern Virginia Lawyers Help You Move on with Your Life after Divorce
Serving clients throughout McLean, and all of North Virginia
During divorce, you need to make some very serious and rational decisions that affect many lives — particularly yours and your children’s — while you are being pulled in all directions emotionally. To help you focus on those decisions, you need to choose the right attorney to advise and guide you. At The Leiser Law Firm we have more than 10 years of experience handling simple and complex divorce cases throughout Northern Virginia.
What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce?
Most people who end their marriages do so through an uncontested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse cooperate and agree on issues such as:
- How to divide marital property and assets
- Who should receive custody of your children
- Whether alimony should be paid and, if so, how much
Uncontested divorce is affordable, straightforward and quick. In fact, many uncontested divorces take as little as three weeks.
However, if you and your spouse cannot agree on how to handle property division, child custody, or spousal support, you must rely on the court’s assistance. Contested divorce tends to be more traumatic for all parties. In fact, a contested divorce may last several weeks, months or even longer and can become prohibitively expensive. Our firm skillfully handles the most complex divorce and family law cases. We help couples resolve disputes over marital property agreements, child custody and other issues. Across Northern Virginia, our legal team has acquired a reputation for providing clients with diligent representation.
How does the waiting period work for divorce in VA?
There is no waiting period if divorce is being sought on the grounds of adultery. If you can prove your spouse committed adultery, the court has the power to grant you an immediate divorce. However, proving adultery in Virginia is difficult. The court requires that you present clear and convincing evidence that your spouse had sexual intercourse with another partner. Additionally, your claim must be corroborated by another witness or source.
If you wish to file for divorce on the grounds of cruelty or desertion, the law requires you and your spouse to spend one year physically separated. In the event that you and your spouse are separated and wish to seek a divorce, you must have lived physically apart for one year if you have children or six months if you do not have children and a written property settlement agreement.
Experienced divorce lawyers who fight aggressively for you
When your marriage comes to an end, where do you turn? Skilled and professional, we at The Leiser Law Firm have been providing clients in Northern Virginia with reliable counsel for more than 10 years. Call 703-734-5000 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.