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Courtney Griffin Roberts is a proven family law attorney who understands that family matters before the court can be emotionally-charged and are high stakes for those involved. For that reason, she strives to provide compassionate counsel to clients in need, while putting an objective trial strategy and zealous advocacy to work for the best results for your family.
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FAQs Family Law Services
Do I need to bother with a legal divorce?
Absolutely. The costs and headaches involved with finalizing a divorce are nothing compared to the problems you could face if your ex-spouse takes on debts without your knowledge and fails to pay them, or if they access and abuse marital assets. Additionally, bigamy is a crime in Virginia, so divorce ensures that you are free to leave the failed relationship behind and move on with your life.
Can I work out a divorce by agreement with my spouse?
Absolutely. While a circuit court judge must issue a divorce decree for your divorce to be final, the terms of most divorces are worked out by agreements. The parties will set out the terms in a written contract called a separation agreement and ask the judge to incorporate the agreement into the final order. For that reason, while you and your ex may wish to settle terms on your own, it is wise to have an attorney look over your separation agreement before you sign on.
How long does it take to get a divorce in Virginia?
- A couple with children can file for a no-fault divorce after a year of being separated.
- A couple without children can file for no-fault divorce after six months of separation.
- You can file immediately for divorce on fault grounds, which are:
- Felony conviction that will require serving a sentence of a year or longer following the conviction
- Divorces based on grounds of cruelty, reasonable apprehension of bodily harm, desertion, and abandonment can be granted after one year following the act of fault.
Isn’t it true that the mother always gets custody of the children?
Isn’t it true that the richer parent gets custody of the children?
No. There are no presumptions in favor of either party.
I stayed at home to care for the children while my spouse worked. Won’t they get custody because I am not working or not earning very much?
Not necessarily. There are no presumptions in favor of either party, and a court considers many factors, including the attachment a child has to each parent, as well as each parent’s ability to provide for the child’s basic necessities.
Who can seek custody of a child?
What factors are considered when a judge is determining custody?
The factors set forth in the Virginia Code are:
- The child’s age and physical and mental condition
- The age and physical and mental condition of each parent,
- The existing relationships between the child and each parent,
- The child’s needs and relationships with other family members,
- What part each parent has played in raising the child up to now,
- How well each parent has supported the child’s relationship with the other parent (in cases where abuse is NOT a factor),
- Each parent’s willingness and ability to maintain a relationship with the child and to co-parent effectively, and
- The reasonable preference of the child.
Family Law Services
Courtney Roberts can walk you through the oft-confusing landscape of marital property, separate property, commingled assets, and other issues to help you get the division that you deserve when you and your spouse are going your separate ways. She can help you find hidden assets and prevent loss from your spouse draining joint accounts or otherwise abusing marital assets.
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