Practice Areas

Divorce

Our attorneys are fully equipped to protect your interests and dignity during this major life changing event. Our preference is to first strive to resolve all matters through negotiation and to reach an amicable settlement. However, when the situation warrants it, we are more than ready and able to vigorously defend your rights and pursue these through the court system. In divorce cases that are "no fault" or "uncontested," our attorneys are adept at guiding clients through the necessary court process and paperwork. They are equally adept at representing your side where there are "fault" grounds for divorce, such as adultery, desertion, and cruelty, and have experience with helping our clients deal with these emotional issues. 

Find out more about Divorce in Virginia.

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is when the parties themselves have resolved - or largely resolved - the issues surrounding their separation, property distribution, and child custody and visitation (if applicable), and need assistance with capturing these resolutions in a written settlement agreement and with preparing and processing the documents required by the court. Under such circumstances, we can provide our clients with the peace of mind associated with knowing whether the resolutions they reached on their own reflect their long-term interests and/or can advise as to alternate solutions. We can draft an Agreement to set forth the agreed upon terms and/or review and revise as necessary an Agreement prepared by a mediator or other third party.

Enforcement of Court Orders

Once the court system has issued an order, all parties are bound by law to adhere to the terms of that order, unless it is subsequently modified or reversed upon appeal. Unfortunately, sometimes one of the parties will elect to ignore all or part of an order. Should this occur, our attorneys are well-versed in a range of options for ensuring that your order is honored, and will work with you to map out a pragmatic and effective approach to seek enforcement of the court order.

Our Practice Areas include:

  • Contested Divorce
  • Division of Military Retirement & Benefits
  • Division of Pensions & Retirement Accounts (including TSP and FERS)
  • Enforcement of Court Orders
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Litigation
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Military Divorce
  • Name Changes
  • No Fault Divorce
  • Property Division
  • Uncontested Divorce

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have experience dealing with military divorces and military retirement issues?

Yes, we have extensive experience in these areas.

Does it matter who files for divorce first?

Generally, no. There is no real benefit or advantage to filing first. If one party files, the other party is then given an opportunity to file his or her own Complaint for relief as well as an Answer or other responsive pleading as appropriate.

Can my spouse and I live separately in the same house?

A separation under the same roof has been recognized by Virginia courts, provided that certain guidelines are followed. This is a topic that would be discussed during the Initial Interview/Consultation and guidelines for maintaining, and proving, such separation would be provided.

Call (703) 766-0732 for more information or Schedule a Consultation with one of our Fairfax family law attorneys.