If you have typed the words “divorce attorney Richmond VA” into a search engine and landed here, chances are you find yourself in a difficult situation and looking for help. If that is true, then you are in the right place.
We know that people grow apart, financial stress mounts, communication breaks down, and affairs happen — all of these are circumstances where you need the help of professional and competent legal counsel.
If you are currently staring at the reality of divorce, it is of utmost importance to have the right counsel in your corner. Even though you are in a difficult situation, it is vital to protect the things that matter most to you — your children, your home, your retirement, your peace of mind and your future.
At DeBoerSouth, we understand the pain and uncertainty our clients experience in the middle of a divorce and we can help you get answers to all the questions you have.
Our team of professional divorce attorneys in Richmond, VA, will make the transition to the next chapter in your life just a little easier.
Our clients often tell us that we are different from any other law firm they have ever worked with. We approach each divorce with empathy and compassion because we understand you are trusting us to help you get through one of the most difficult times in your life. Going through a divorce can be an emotional rollercoaster, but you can count on us to help guide you through this challenging time.
We are a team of experienced family law attorneys and we offer each client a personal service. You will always talk to an attorney who is familiar with your case instead of dealing with a different person every time, who may or may not be up to speed with your case.
Divorce is an event that will likely uproot your entire life, but we are here to help. Our attorneys will provide you with the advice you need regarding all major issues associated with divorce.
These issues include but are not limited to the following:
Child custody and visitation rights — these are two of the most important issues in separation and divorce, as you and your spouse need to agree on living arrangements that best suit the interests of your children.
Child support — Financial support for minor children is an issue that needs to be addressed in a separation and divorce. Our attorneys will help you understand the statutory child support guidelines and other issues related to the support of your children.
Distribution of assets — Virginia is an equitable distribution state. Our office can help explain equitable distribution and the division of the marital property and debts during a divorce.
Spousal support — Spousal support may be an issue that needs to be addressed in your divorce case. There are no statutory formulas for the determination of final spousal support. It is important that you have an experienced attorney who can educate you on the numerous factors that the court must consider in determining a spousal support award.
Retirement accounts — Marital retirement accounts can be divided by the court through equitable distribution. The division of retirement accounts can be complicated and require special court orders to divide the accounts due to tax consequences and the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of retirement accounts.
Yes, Virginia has “fault-based” divorces. Potential impacts of a fault-based divorce can be explained by our attorneys.
Fault-based divorces are based on one of the spouses alleging that the other party was at fault and that the divorce was caused by their wrongdoing. On the other hand, no-fault divorces mean that neither party’s wrongdoing caused the dissolution of the marriage. This is the equivalent of an “irreconcilable differences” basis for divorce in other states.
In a contested divorce, the two parties do not agree on one or more issues, with examples including custody and visitation, division of assets, child support or spousal support. In an uncontested divorce, the parties agree on all issues.
Equitable distribution laws come into play when dividing marital assets in Virginia. This means that the assets are distributed fairly, not necessarily equally. Some of the issues surrounding how assets are divided can be complicated and having an experienced lawyer guide you is paramount.