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The Economic Consequences of Divorce

Divorce should not be undertaken lightly, not just because of the deep emotional consequences it can create, but also because of the economic consequences that follow a divorce. Once a couple has filed for divorce, the marital property will be divided, either by agreement of the spouses through a written property settlement agreements or by order of the court. This property division will determine the ownership of all marital assets, including savings accounts, retirement accounts, real property, debts, vehicles and personal effects.
Other economic consequences of divorce include spousal support and child support obligations. Spousal support may be predetermined according to a prenuptial agreement or it may be agreed upon by the spouses during the divorce proceedings. If the spouses cannot agree on the issue of spousal support, such support will be determined by the court. Child support, unlike spousal support, is a legal right of the children and can be set by the court according to statutory child support guidelines.
If you are facing the possibility of divorce and have questions, you should contact our office where are attorneys are familiar with Virginia divorce laws. At Dua Law Firm, PLLC, our attorneys are experienced in both fault and non-fault divorces and we understand the legal process. Our goal is to make our clients feel at ease during divorce proceedings and help them obtain favorable property settlement and support arrangements. Please contact us today for representation during your divorce proceedings.
In Virginia, an absolute divorce (also referred to as a “Divorce a Vinculo Matrimonii,” or Divorce from the Bonds of Matrimony) may be obtained by no-fault grounds or fault grounds. No-fault grounds for divorce are established by living separate and apart continuously for one year. If there are no children under the age of 18, the spouses may be granted a no-fault divorce after living separate and apart for six months if they submit a written property settlement agreement to the court.
Fault grounds for divorce may be based upon any of the following:
  • Adultery
  • Conviction of a felony
  • Desertion
  • Cruelty
Alternatively, a married couple may be granted a “divorce from bed and board” (similar to a legal separation). This arrangement permits separation of the couple and could resolve the property interests, but does not allow either spouse to remarry until the death of one of the parties.

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