Experienced Virginia Divorce Attorneys
Helping Clients Understand Fault and No Fault Divorce
Although it is Virginia public policy to promote marriage, like most states Virginia has “no-fault” divorce. That does not mean that issues of fault, such as cruelty, adultery, abandonment or desertion, will not be a factor in the court’s decision to grant a divorce and award support. These issues can influence and do influence the court’s decisions, no matter how the marital dissolution is labeled.
One of the ways in which Virginia promotes marriage is by requiring couples to observe a period of legal separation before they can file for a no-fault divorce. Legal separation, in addition to a residency requirement, are both necessary if you wish to receive a divorce in Virginia.
Among the issues to be decided by the couple or by the court in a divorce are:
- Identification of separate versus marital assets
- Division of marital assets and debts, including the family home and any family business interests
- Child custody and child support on behalf of any children of the marriage
- Financial support for a former spouse (male or female)
At Stiles Ewing Powers PC, we provide our clients with sound legal advice, a choice of methods for arriving at a divorce settlement agreement, and vigorous representation in court if your divorce case is contested. If you are seeking a divorce in the Richmond, Virginia area, contact our law office to schedule a consultation.
Our legal team includes five attorneys who are fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and four who are listed in Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Several have been named “Super Lawyers” in Richmond Magazine and have been listed as “Legal Elite” in Virginia Business. We have extensive experience with the division of complex assets, including businesses and pensions (QDROs).
We focus exclusively on family law matters and stay abreast of all new developments in the law that may affect our family clients. Many of our lawyers present at seminars and take leadership positions in the local bars, including the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association, the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association, and in the state bar organizations, including seats on the Board of Governors for the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and on the Domestic Relations Counsel of the Virginia Bar Association.