Divorce Attorneys in Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach
With offices in Hampton, Williamsburg, Portsmouth and Gloucester
A divorce is emotionally wrenching for all parties involved. However, by retaining the services of a skilled and experienced attorney, you can minimize the pain, stress and frustration typically associated with the dissolution of marriage.
As professional divorce lawyers, we at the law firm of Thomas L. Hunter, P.C. are proud to give you the respect and courtesy you deserve. Our lawyers will review your marital issues with you and explain the possible solutions. Additionally, we treat our clients as more than just cases. We explore every available option and tailor a strategy that meets your specific needs.
Understanding divorce in Virginia
Before filing, it is important that you attempt to determine if your divorce will be contested or uncontested. Uncontested divorce is the most common type of divorce. The process is inexpensive and quick. A contested divorce occurs if you and your spouse cannot agree on issues like providing child support, spousal support and the division of property and assets.
Whether you believe your divorce to be contested or uncontested, our lawyers are committed to giving you the highest level of legal service. In addition, we can explain the steps to divorce in Virginia, assist you with prenuptial agreements or properly advise you if you are divorcing in the military.
Fault and no-fault divorce
There are two divorce options in Virginia — fault and no-fault. Regardless of why you are going through a divorce, our knowledgeable lawyers are prepared to offer you reliable guidance.
Following are the differences between a fault divorce and a no-fault divorce —
- A fault divorce may involve adultery, sodomy or buggery committed outside the marriage, mental and/or physical cruelty, desertion or conviction of a felony resulting in confinement in excess of one year.
- A no-fault divorce may occur if the parties have lived separate and apart for a period of one year. If the parties have no children and have executed a separation agreement, they may obtain a no-fault divorce after six months of separation.
In both fault and no-fault divorces, the petitioner must be a resident of Virginia for at least six months, and the parties may address the issues of division of property acquired during marriage, child and spousal support and child custody and visitation. If you choose the no-fault divorce option, our Hampton divorce law firm can draft, negotiate and execute the separation agreement on your behalf.
Contact us for a consultation
The lawyers at the law firm of Thomas L. Hunter, P.C. are here to provide you with sound guidance for your divorce. To discuss your divorce or family law matter with one of our experienced lawyers, contact us online or call one of our four convenient offices —