Representation for Your Divorce in Richmond, VA
Ready to Protect Your Rights During a Divorce
At Catlett, Dillon, & Piper, PLLC, our goal is to ensure you have strong representation to protect your rights through complicated legal matters such as divorce. As Richmond lawyers, we have more than 40 years of experience representing individuals who are navigating the family law system.
During this difficult time, it is easy to feel like you are alone and that nobody can help you. This is why we make it a point to offer a family-friendly atmosphere and provide you with a hands-on approach. We take the time to listen to your story so that we know exactly what you need in regards to your case. No matter how complex your divorce is, rest assured that our attorneys in Richmond, VA can guide you through the legal process effectively.
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Providing Compassionate Legal Representation
No two families are alike; when you work with Catlett, Dillon, & Piper, PLLC, you can rest assured that you will be given customized legal solutions designed to work best for you and your family. To file for divorce in Virginia, one spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing. Virginia offers both no-fault and fault-based divorces.
How Long Does It Take to Get a No Fault Divorce in Virginia?
To qualify for no-fault divorce, you and your spouse must live apart for a period of at least one year without interruption before filing. There are exceptions to this rule, however, for married couples without minor children. In this case, you will only have to live apart uninterrupted for six months.
In order to file for a fault divorce in Virginia, you must prove one of the following:
- Infidelity or sexual acts outside of marriage
- Felony conviction
- Willful abandonment or desertion
- Fear of physical bodily harm
If you wish to file for a fault divorce, retaining a skilled attorney in Richmond, VA is a must. An attorney can help gather the evidence you need to prove your fault grounds.
How Does Divorce Mediation Work in Virginia?
There are a few different alternatives to divorce litigation in Virginia. One of these alternatives is divorce mediation.
Divorce Mediation Benefits
Mediation is when the divorce process occurs outside of the courtroom. Instead of contesting matters related to divorce before a judge in the courtroom, the mediation process allows for a 3rd party to mediate these matters between the spouses and their lawyers outside of the courtroom. Certified Virginia mediators are neutral when it comes to the contested divorce issues and they work with all parties to come to a reasonable agreement.
A few benefits of divorce mediation include:
- Less time – Mediation can be completed much faster than litigation. In fact, mediation can often conclude within 90 days while a litigated divorce can sometimes take a year or longer.
- Lower cost – If a divorce takes less time to be finalized, then the legal expenses will be lower. Naturally, a mediated divorce often costs less for both parties.
- More privacy – Instead of contesting issues in a public courtroom, mediation allows for more privacy between the parties as they come to an agreement on various issues.
Take Charge of Your Future, Call Us Today!
We understand that divorce issues are often incredibly overwhelming. If you are currently considering divorce, have been served with divorce papers, or have agreed with your spouse that a mediated divorce is the ideal option for your family, we are ready to help. The complex nature and intricacies of divorce can be overwhelming. Do not risk going through this legal process on your own. To protect your rights today – and for years into the future – call Catlett, Dillon, & Piper, PLLC as soon as possible.
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