Representing Clients’ Best Interests In Divorce And Legal Separation
You will live with the outcome of your divorce for the rest of your life. The decisions and actions you take today will shape your life, and your children’s lives, for many years to come.
Because of this, it is important to make informed decisions in any divorce or separation. Guided by information, rather than just emotion, you can make choices that benefit you in the present and over time.
At Lutins & Pilgreen, PC, our Roanoke divorce and separation attorneys listen to our clients, discuss their goals and teach them what they need to know to make intelligent decisions about their next steps — both in court and in life. We help our clients get the most out of their divorces.
It’s Your Future At Stake
Our experienced Virginia divorce lawyers can help you resolve these and other legal issues related to the breakdown of a marriage:
- No-fault divorce. Most states, including Virginia, allow for either spouse to file for divorce based on “irreconcilable differences.” In such cases, neither spouse is considered liable for causing the marriage to break down. We help clients dissolve their marriages easily, cleanly and equitably, through no-fault divorce trials and settlements.
- Separation. Many people who are experiencing marital problems come to us seeking a “legal separation.” In fact, the status of separation does not exist under Virginia law. Rather, spouses are usually required to live apart, with the intention of divorcing, for six months (for spouses without children) to one year (for spouses with children) prior to a divorce becoming final. We help our clients make the most of this separation period by drafting separation agreements in advance of filing divorce papers.
- Fault-based divorce. Virginia is one of the few states that still consider fault-based grounds for divorce, such as adultery, cruelty and abandonment. Fault-based divorce is often used by spouses who seek to obtain more money, property or child access in a divorce. Proof of adultery can also speed up the divorce process, as there is no mandatory waiting period before a divorce can become final. We help our clients in fault-based divorces, either by refuting or by proving the claims brought in court.
- Annulment. Virginia allows for annulment as an alternative to divorce, provided the filer can prove the marriage was defective according to certain legal definitions. While a divorce says “this marriage is over,” an annulment says “this marriage never happened.” If you need an annulment for personal or religious reasons or for reasons of liability, we can help you secure one.
- Property division. Property division is a central issue in almost all divorces. Whether your divorce is being pursued on no-fault or fault-based grounds, we will help you reach your goals for separating homes, vehicles, bank accounts and other possessions. Our lawyers help clients create qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), altering the ownership of pension and retirement plans.
- Family support. We help our clients obtain child support and spousal maintenance appropriate to their circumstances and needs.
Contact Us Today
ContactLutins & Pilgreen, PC, and our lawyers will take the time to discuss your needs and what matters to you, as well as the motivations and desires of the other side. We will examine your family law issue and consider all viable options while guiding you through the process of pursuing your goals through the court system or negotiations. You may reach us by phone in Roanoke, Virginia, at 540-627-5150.