Q & A: Common Divorce Topics
Divorce Lawyer Serving Northern Virginia
When a couple decides to file for
divorce, they may have many questions regarding unique divorce topics that can
arise. If you have any questions regarding your divorce or
family law matter, do not hesitate to bring them to our Northern Virginia divorce
attorney! We have the answers you need and the legal advocacy you deserve.
The following are common questions and answers about common divorce topics:
Do you handle both no fault and fault-based divorce?
How do I find out about my spouse's assets?
Sometimes, it is difficult for a spouse to identify all of the assets that
may be subject to valuation and division. A lawyer can seek out this information
using the "discovery" process. Your lawyer has a number of tools
in that process. For example, your lawyer can file Interrogatories, which
are formal written questions that your spouse must answer in writing under
oath. Your lawyer can also file Requests for Production of Documents (seeking
the production of necessary documents) and Requests for Admissions (seeking
admissions as to certain facts of your case). Additionally, your lawyer
can file subpoenas to require third-parties to produce documents or appear
to be question during a deposition. Your lawyer can also depose your spouse.
How is the date of separation determined?
The date of separation is determined by the date either party separates
from the other with the intent and for the purpose of obtaining a divorce.
Often, that date coincides with the date one spouse vacates the marital
home. However, one party may be able to arrange an in-house separation,
provided they make certain efforts to live separate and apart within that home.
How long do I have to live in Virginia before I can file a divorce action?
To file for divorce either you or your spouse must be a resident and domiciliary
of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least six (6) months immediately
preceding the filing of the Complaint. However, you may be able to resolve
all your divorce issues before you file for divorce.
What are the grounds for divorce in Virginia?
Virginia recognizes a number of grounds for divorce. The "no fault"
grounds and "fault grounds."
There are two "no fault" grounds for divorce: (i) a six-month
separation and signed property settlement agreement where the parties
have no minor children; or (ii) a twelve months separation where the parties
have minor children.
There are three "fault" grounds for divorce: (i) adultery; (ii)
cruelty; and (iii) desertion/abandonment.
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For over 40 years, the legal team from ShounBach has provided a high level
of attention and dedication to divorce cases throughout the community.
The firm, which has over 200 years of combined legal experience, works
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