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The Best Approach For Your Divorce

Divorce is more than a simple decree on a piece of paper. It is the process of establishing the rules. Which rules you decide on can have lasting, long-term effects.

Who Will Get The Kids?

If there is no order in place answering this question — as well as the many other details surrounding child custody, child support and visitation — it can seem daunting. Several matters must be determined, such as the type of custody each parent will have. Legal considerations such as support payments must also be negotiated, agreed to and finalized.

If you are having difficulty establishing boundaries and finding agreement or if your former spouse is not following the agreement you established, speak with an experienced family law attorney. At GravesWhetzel Law, PLLC, we have over 15 years of experience helping people in divorce understand their rights and responsibilities as well as the full options and alternatives available.

Who Will Pay The Bills?

Most divorces cause a major change in finances. Big questions must be asked such as:

  • How will specific bills such as the mortgage get paid?
  • If the home is sold, who will pay the costs? How will it be divided?
  • Who will pay for home repairs?
  • Who will pay for the children’s school, clothes, food or medical care?
  • Who will provide health insurance to the family?
  • What types of support will be paid?

There are pros and cons to every decision. Understanding the full scope of the options and ramifications at the onset can prevent bigger problems down the road.

Equitable Distribution

Equitable distribution is the way that property in Virginia is divided during a divorce. Property is valued by its fair market value at the time of your divorce. If the court is involved, it will divide your property in a way it considers fair. This may be an equal split or a judge may decide that one spouse should receive more property.

Some items are universally not included as “joint property.” These include:

  • Property or items obtained during marriage by gift, inheritance, devise or legacy
  • Property that is provided for in a written agreement
  • Assets or items acquired before or after the marriage

Many factors can influence the distribution of assets during a divorce. This is especially true if one spouse has acquired assets through investments, a business or a collection. At GravesWhetzel Law, PLLC, we will work closely with you to understand what is at stake and to ensure that you receive a fair and equitable settlement.

Not A One-Size-Fits-All Approach

Every client has a unique situation. We will carefully assess your issues and goals and work with you to determine what approach will work best. Sometimes relationships move forward when a subtle approach is used. Other times, an aggressive approach is needed for real change to happen. Call GravesWhetzel, PLLC, for experienced family law support and counsel.

We have been serving the people of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and the surrounding communities for over 15 years. Call us and speak with an experienced divorce lawyer: 540-208-0865. Questions? Email us and we will respond promptly.