Divorce Lawyers Gloucester VA

When filing for a divorce, it is important that you choose a divorce lawyer in Gloucester VA that will represent you while protecting your rights during this process. Martin, Ingles & Hensley is an experienced and effective law firm when representing our clients in a divorce proceeding. Our experienced team of divoce lawyers and support staff will put our knowledge to work for you and make sure that you have the best possible chance at realizing a favorable outcome in your case. Divorce does not have to be difficult.

The Basics

When consulting with our divorce lawyers at Martin, Ingles & Hensley Law you will become aware of various aspects of the law. It is important that you have an idea of what you will experience if you are preparing to hire a divorce lawyer in Gloucester Virginia. For example, there are two types of divorces, “fault” and “no fault.” Grounds for a fault divorce in Virginia are adultery, cruelty and desertion. The grounds for a no fault divorce are you and your spouse have been separated for a year (or for six months if you do not have any children under the age of 18, and you have signed a separation or property settlement agreement). The County of Gloucester’s circuit court offers additional resources regarding divorce.

Divorce courts may determine issues of custody, visitation and child support. They may also determine the division of assets and liabilities and spousal support.

Assets

The court may decide the division of assets and liabilities, known as “equitable distribution” in accordance with the Code of Virginia. For purposes of equitable distribution, assets and debts are classified as marital, separate or mixed (part marital and part separate). Separate assets are those owned by each party prior to the marriage, gifted to each party during the marriage by someone other than the spouse, or acquired after separation and before the divorce in Virginia is granted. Marital assets are typically those purchased during the marriage with wages earned by the parties during the marriage. This can be an area of substantial dispute involving family law complexities that are best handled by an experienced divorce lawyer at Martin, Ingles & Hensley Law.

Spousal Support

After the divorce court has determined an appropriate division of assets and liabilities, including any monetary equitable distribution award, it then considers the matter of spousal support. Equitable distribution has to be accomplished first because the court has to know what assets each party will have and how much income will be produced from each asset in order to know what each party’s financial needs will be and his or her ability to pay support.

Most courts find that fault is not as important when deciding matters involving spousal support. Establishing the need of the party requesting support and the opposing party’s ability to pay support is more important.

Again, this can be an area of substantial dispute and complexities that can be be handled by an experienced family law attorney at Martin, Ingles & Hensley.

Contact our Gloucester Divorce Lawyer

People going through a divorce need to obtain the best representation possible. When you choose Martin, Ingles & Hensley Law, you can be assured that our Gloucester divorce lawyers will fight to make sure your rights are protected. Contact us by calling (804) 693-2500 to schedule a consultation.