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An uncontested divorce is a type of divorce where the spouses have agreed to the resolution of all marital issues such as the division of marital property, the division of marital debt, alimony, child custody, visitation and support. An uncontested divorce does not require the parties to go to court and generally only one attorney is needed.
An uncontested divorce generally takes about 5 weeks. It also is relatively cheap compared to a contested matter.
Please take a minute to read our Divorce Information Pamphlet for more information on an uncontested divorce.
A contested divorce is a type of divorce where the spouses are not able to agree on the resolution of a particular issue which, for example, could be the division of marital property, the division of marital debt, alimony, child custody, visitation and/or support. A contested divorce requires the party to go to court and it generally requires a trial unless a settlement is reached prior to it. The lack of resolution of even the most minimal issue could make your divorce a contested one.
A contested divorce can take several months and can last beyond a year. It is also much more expensive than an uncontested divorce.
Please take a minute to read over our Divorce Information Pamphlet for more information on a contested divorce.
When the parties can’t agree on how to allocate custody of their children, the court must make such allocation. When determining custody of a child, the courts in Virginia will use the “best interest of the child” standard. The court will analyze several factors in order to determine the best interest of the child.
Please take a minute to read over our Divorce Information Pamphlet for more information on child custody.
In Virginia, the non-custodial parent has an obligation to pay child support to the custodial parent. Such obligation is calculated using the Virginia Child Support Guidelines.
Virginia takes all domestic support obligations very seriously and failure to pay your obligation can carry serious implications. If you are the custodial parent and you are seeking child support, it is critical to obtain competent counsel in order to make sure the non-custodial parent is paying the right amount of child support. If you are the non-custodial parent, you must obtain competent counsel to make sure you don’t end up paying in excess of what the Virginia Child Support Guidelines provides.
Please take a minute to read over our Divorce Information Pamphlet for more information on child support.
Property Settlement Agreement
A property settlement agreement is a contract entered into by the husband and the wife in connection with a divorce that provides a resolution to the parties’ issues in the divorce such as the division of marital assets, the division of marital debt, alimony, custody, visitation and support.
A property settlement agreement has several advantages, including the avoidance of litigation and the costs associated with it. It also allows the parties to have discretion over how their issues are resolved (rather than having the judge decide for them). Lastly, it allows for a much friendlier, less stressful and more prompt resolution of the divorce.
It is highly recommended that you have an attorney draft your property settlement agreement. If you have been presented with one by your spouse, it is strongly suggested that you have counsel review the agreement before signing it.