Divorce & Family Law FAQ
Qualified Answers from Northern Virginia Divorce Lawyers
Divorce is not easy. Aside from the emotions, with all the laws and procedures
involved, you can become overwhelmed. At ShounBach, we understand your
situation and want nothing more than to provide you with peace of mind.
Our firm practices nothing but family law, and as one of the largest family
law firms in the state, our attorneys have over 200 years of collective
legal experience. As a result, we have a broad range of knowledge, training,
and experience, which allows us to quickly and thoroughly answer your
questions. To begin with, here are a few common questions related to divorce
cases. For more details, contact a Northern Virginia divorce lawyer from
our firm by calling our offices today.
I know nothing about getting a divorce. What are some important things to know?
First of all, you should know whether or not you have
grounds for divorce. In Virginia there are no-fault grounds and fault grounds.
No-fault grounds require a six-month separation and signed settlement agreement which resolves
all of the issues if no minor are children involved, or a twelve-month
separation and a complete, written agreement if minor children
Fault grounds include adultery, cruelty, and/or desertion or abandonment. You are not
eligible to file for divorce until you have grounds for divorce. However,
even if you do not have grounds or haev not separated for the length of
time required, you can still enter a legally binding agreement which resolves
all of your divorce issues. Click here for
more answers relating to common divorce topics.
How do I find the right lawyer?
One of the most important steps in divorce is selecting the right lawyer.
If you and your spouse are seeking a resolution through
Collaborative law, you will need an attorney who is experienced in mediation or is collaboratively
trained. If you believe you may need a more aggressive approach through
divorce litigation, you will want to select an attorney who can thoroughly defend your assets
and fight for what is rightfully yours in a persuasive and effective manner.
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more answers relating to selecting the right lawyer.
What should I expect in a divorce case?
Everyone has their own idea of common divorce scenarios. Contrary to popular
belief, you cannot necessarily throw your spouse or their personal items
out of the home, and you may be liable for your actions if you do. You
should also be very careful how you obtain information from your spouse
in a divorce case, particularly through electronic means. Click here for
more answers relating to common divorce scenarios.
I depend on my spouse for income! What do I do?
You may be eligible to receive spousal support, which would require your spouse or former spouse
to pay you a certain amount of money per month, either for a limited amount
of time or indefinitely, depending on certain factors. Alternatively,
you may be eligible for a lump sum of spousal support. This support is
meant to provide for or contribute to your monthly expenses or to allow
you to complete any schooling or training, so that you can become self-supporting.
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more answers relating to spousal support.
How do I protect my children in a divorce?
Divorce can be a very difficult experience for children. One of the best
ways you can protect them in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is to retain
counsel who will proceed in a manner that is in the children's best
interest. Child support is generally determined by a state-wide child
support guideline, and is primarily calculated based on the parents'
incomes. Click here for
more answers relating to child support.
How do I keep my access to my child?
One of the most difficult areas of divorce is
child custody and
visitation rights. Our firm prefers to identify these issues as parental responsibilities.
Parental responsibilities are composed of decision making and parenting
time. The main goal is ensuring that you will always be involved in a
meaningful way in your child's life. Click here for
more answers relating to child custody and visitation.
No grounds needed to settle divorce issues
Where to Find a Divorce Attorney in Northern Virginia
Whatever your divorce case, ShounBach can provide legal counsel and representation
that fits your specific needs. As one of the largest family law firms
in Virginia with over 200 years of combined legal experience, you will
not have to worry whether your attorney will be able to provide the answers
you need. Our firm is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and our attorneys
have been recognized by numerous publications and our peers for their