Alexandria Divorce Attorneys
Effectively Guiding You through Divorce in Virginia, Maryland, & Washington D.C.
Divorce proceedings usually involve intense emotions and significant financial costs. Our dedicated divorce attorneys can work closely with you to ensure this process is as painless as possible.
We handle both contested and uncontested divorces. No matter the complexity of your situation, we have the skill and experience needed to help you overcome this challenge.
Grounds for Divorce in Alexandria
When you submit an application for divorce in Virginia, the court requires you to provide specific reasons (legal grounds) for requesting the divorce. Since Virginia is a hybrid divorce state, it is possible to file for divorce based on no-fault grounds or fault-based grounds.
The distinction between the two is as follows:
- Fault-based grounds –marital misconduct such as adultery, conviction of a felony, willful desertion/abandonment for one year or more, or cruelty resulting in reasonable fear of bodily harm.
- No-fault grounds – Spouses who cannot prove marital misconduct can apply for divorce based on meeting the separation requirements. In this case, the couple must prove that they have lived separate and apart continuously for a minimum of one year. Those who have prepared a separation agreement and have no minor children may be able to get the separation requirement reduced to six months.
In either case, to file for divorce in Virginia, at least one spouse must have been a bona fide (actual) resident of Virginia for a minimum of six months prior to filing. If you are planning to file for a divorce but do not meet the residency requirement, it is still wise to consult with a divorce attorney to begin taking steps to protect yourself now.
What Our Team Can Do for You
During the divorce proceedings, we assess all the assets and debt and strive to attain the largest possible distribution of marital assets for our clients. When appropriate, we can work closely with you to guarantee proper financial support through alimony. If children are involved, we can work with you to help you obtain custody, child support payments, or a fair parenting plan.
Divorce Mediation – The Better Way to Divorce
If you and your spouse choose to keep your divorce proceedings private and away from the courts, our law firm can work with you through voluntary mediation known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). During this process, both you and your spouse will meet with a neutral mediator to help resolve issues by bringing both parties to an agreement. With ADR, there is complete disclosure and no litigation. Many individuals prefer this method as it tends to be faster, less costly, and more likely to produce an amicable outcome.
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At Tesfaye Law, we understand divorce is never easy. However, our Alexandria divorce attorneys are here to guide you every step of the way and make the process as smooth as possible.
Do you want your legal issue to be as painless as possible? No one wants to spend more time than they need to in a courtroom. Let us utilize our high-powered strategies and resources to advocate for your rights and resolve your matter as efficiently as possible. We have a track record of delivering exceptional support to each and every client, and we want you to benefit from this level of service.
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