Representation is important in legal separation cases
Having marital difficulties can often lead to the dissolution of marriage. For some couples, jumping straight to filing for divorce isn't something that they want to do. When that is the case, a legal separation might be the best option. In a legal separation in Virginia, you and your spouse stay married, but you each maintain your own homes. Per Virginia law, either you, your spouse or both of you have to want divorce enough that you consider the separation the first step toward a divorce.
There are some instances in which couples might opt for a legal separation that is known as separation under the same roof. In this case, it is vital that you and your spouse make sure that you don't live in a manner that could be construed as cohabitation because you will have to have a third party corroborate that you aren't cohabitating.
We know how difficult it is to take the step of legally separating, especially when you discover that you will still have to go through property division proceedings and other issues that are commonly associated with divorce. We know that you want to protect your interests from the get-go.
If you and your spouse have children, you will have to go through the whole child custody process, as well as the child support process. This can prove to be traumatic for you and your child, but we work with you to take as much of the mystery out of the process as possible.
Legal separation is a complex undertaking in Virginia. We can work on your behalf to ensure your separation is legal so you can focus on moving forward with your life.
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