Skilled Guidance Through The Property Distribution Process

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Anyone facing divorce in Virginia must prepare for the major financial adjustments that come when all marital assets are divided between the parties. Although it is far from an automatic part of the equation, spousal support (sometimes called alimony or maintenance) may also be awarded. If you are concerned about your economic stability and well-being, it is essential to discuss these issues with a qualified lawyer as early in the process as possible.

Many people rely on misconceptions about how our courts handle property division and spousal support, and thus they fail to properly prepare their positions. Others wait too long to take measures to protect themselves against exploitation by their spouses or domestic partners. At Donna Dougherty Law P.C., with offices in Manassas and Fairfax, we are committed to thoroughly analyzing your situation and negotiating or litigating to achieve just outcomes.

Turn To Knowledgeable Attorneys For Help With Property Division And Spousal Support

We assist clients with all aspects of equitable distribution in divorce and spousal support, and we also represent partners in same-sex and unmarried couples in Circuit Court actions to resolve disputes over joint assets.

If you are divorcing and subject to equitable distribution, it is important to realize that:

  • Usually, all assets incurred during the marriage or gifted to the marriage are subject to equitable distribution, regardless of how they are titled and various other factors. This includes 401(k) accounts, other qualified retirement plans, pensions and a range of other assets that may be held in one party's name alone.
  • The law in Virginia does not require a "50-50" split of marital property, although this is the targeted outcome in many cases.
  • Full financial disclosure is required by law, but not everyone provides it willingly.
  • Spousal support awards are considered after the court completes its property analysis, and Virginia courts have significant discretion in determining the amount and duration of payments.
  • Resolving any asset and monetary disputes through negotiation or mediation should always be the first path considered, but defense of your financial interests may ultimately call for a trial-proven litigator.

Contact Our Family Law Attorneys

The attorneys at our firm welcome client inquiries from throughout Northern Virginia. Our work together must begin with an in-depth analysis of your case. To schedule a consultation, please contact us by telephone at 703-639-4706 or email us today.