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Divorce in Virginia can take many forms. You and your spouse may agree to everything in a special contract commonly called a Separation Agreement or Property Settlement Agreement which eliminates the necessity of an in-court hearing, you may take part in mediation or a collaborative divorce process, or it may come down to an all-out battle which includes multiple rounds of discovery and multiple in-court hearings which can last for hours or even days.
Because of the wide variety of paths your divorce can follow, it is important to have an attorney that can not only handle an uncontested case, but one that is ready, willing, and able to go the distance should negotiations fall through and contested hearings become necessary. Utilizing a law firm that also has experience handling mediated and collaborative divorces gives you even more flexibility.
Although contested divorces are the inevitable outcome in some situations, there is often middle ground which can be reached if the parties are willing to deal fairly and directly with each other. At Robert E. Long & Associates, Ltd. our attorneys conduct in-depth interviews with our clients to determine whether your case is one that may be settled with an Agreement, which can save you significant amounts of time, money, and stress.
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In situations where the parties are committed to getting through the divorce process together civilly, but just can’t seem to see completely eye-to-eye on all of the issues, a mediated or a collaborative divorce is an option which avoids a “full-blown” contested divorce.
In mediation or collaboration, we partner with certified mediators and other professionals who have experience in both their own fields (and specifically with separated spouses) to assist both parties in coming to a comprehensive solution which includes a fair custody and visitation arrangement for the children of the marriage – tailored to your individual circumstances, a comprehensive financial analysis to ensure that child support and spousal support or alimony amounts are properly calculated, and which fairly apportions any debts or assets that have come into existence during the course of your marriage.
In some situations, however, the other spouse may conduct themselves so unreasonably that you are left with no other option but to have your case heard before a judge. At this point the divorce can become much more complex, leading some firms to decline to continue representing you!
The attorneys at Robert E. Long & Associates, Ltd. believe that it is generally better to settle a divorce matter before trial, but are experienced at handling contested divorce trials and will not shy away from one if the need arises.
We work diligently to issue and answer discovery requests and prepare you, your witnesses, and all relevant evidence for court and we will be on hand to provide advice should something unanticipated occur prior to trial.
If you are in the military or are a military spouse, there are many unique factors to consider including, but not limited to, retirement and other similar benefits, division of Thrift Savings Plans (TSPs), enrollment in a Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), current and future Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage and beneficiaries, and how the servicemember’s Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) will be affected by the divorce.
An attorney that is familiar with military divorces will know the right questions to ask and ensure that every issue is properly addressed. Our attorneys routinely represent service members and military spouses – both active duty and retired, from every service branch.
Regardless of the path your divorce takes, our attorneys will guide you through every step of the process and make sure your rights are protected. The attorneys at Robert E. Long & Associates, Ltd. are personable, experienced, and effective. We know the law and get real results for our clients.
Located in Hampton, Virginia, the firm primarily services clients and cases throughout the Peninsula and Southside Hampton Roads, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach as well as in Gloucester, Williamsburg (and all of James City County) and York County (Yorktown & Poquoson). Additionally, the firm also routinely handles matters throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Call us today at 757-723-7742 to schedule a FREE in-person consultation.