Everyone goes into his or her marriage believing that it is going to be the exception to the rule—a marriage to last. All people walk into marriage unguarded and hopeful that the person staring back at them while making vows is the person they are going to grow old with. Typically, divorce is the very last thing on anyone’s mind when falling in love. Unfortunately, life does not always go as planned and its many pitfalls can complicate even the best of situations.
Divorce is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be painful.
Being able to start over without regret, with the ability to live without having financial difficulties is priceless. The pain of separation and the endless points of regret that surround families during a period of divorce can be alleviated with the knowledge that you did everything you could do, that you’re providing an honest and equitable solution for each other, and that the kids (if any) are well taken care of.
We understand that people want as painless and quick a divorce as possible. We want our clients, whenever possible, to walk away from a divorce with everything they deserve plus an amicable relationship with their ex-spouse. Unless there are no other options on the table left except to fight, we’re going to try and see you and your family through the storm as emotionally unscarred by the experience as possible.
There is no hopeless situation
Even in situations where all communication and good feelings seem to have evaporated, we are able to see where breakthroughs can begin and lines of trust can be established. In our eyes, there is no hopeless situation, no case that can’t be handled in a fair way. It is our goal to see a solution that will last beyond the immediate moment and persist in such a way that future court orders are unnecessary.
Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce
If divorce is inevitable, you can have either a contested or an uncontested divorce. A contested divorce is when two parties cannot come to an agreement. An uncontested divorce is when you have come to an agreement on the issues. In an uncontested divorce, the sides agree on all of the issues in the divorce. This may include:
- Child custody
- Spousal and child support
- Marital Property
Even in a contested divorce, it usually makes more sense to come to an agreement with your spouse rather than to fight to the end. If you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement, a judge will decide the terms of the divorce decree at a final hearing.
Whether a contested or uncontested divorce is best for your situation, when you choose us you will receive a compassionate system of support through a difficult life passage, and importantly, a team of attorneys dedicated to getting you your rightful share of assets and support.
If we have to fight, we’ll fight
We have been highly successful in situations where one spouse has attempted to hide assets, or refuses to provide an equitable share, in getting our client everything he or she deserves and quite often more than they ever anticipated.
We will work hard to protect your interests and help you obtain everything you are entitled to under Virginia law. However, we will never encourage needless litigation when the cost exceeds the benefits. No one should spend $5,000 in legal fees over an asset that is worth $1,500. Yet that is what many people do when they make decisions based on emotions. We are proud of our abilities in and outside the courtroom. We have a proven track record, and are happy to help you understand your legal options and work with you to find a solution that meets your cultural and personal beliefs.
Call Travis Van Hook or Raj Dua at (703) 382-7300.
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I gladly hired Mr. Travis to handle my Divorce case, this is the first time I file for a divorce so he took the time to explain to me how it works and how we should proceed. His fees were very reasonable compared to other lawyers in Virginia. He is a very knowledgeable and competent lawyer, working fast and efficient to go through the divorce papers. Mr. Travis was almost always available when I would call the office to discuss issues regarding my case. If he wasn't available he would call back as soon as possible.
Travis is a very experienced lawyer in landlord/tenant dispute. He provided timely and well-thought advice throughout. More importantly, he is responsive and accessible at any time. Highly recommended.
Travis is very honest and compassionate. I used his services on 2 different occasions within the last 5 years and saw him grow into a very strong professional. He is very good at listening and truly understanding your needs and won't spend needless time and money. He will fight for you and the best interest of your kids. I cannot recommend Travis highly enough if you are facing a difficult time of divorce and need a caring yet very strong attorney who's truly looking out for you.
I found Raj Dua through a womens’ advocacy group in June 2008. My three children had been abducted from India and brought to the Virginia, USA without my knowledge, and I was beginning a long struggle to get my children back through the Fairfax courts. Not only did Mr. Dua come highly recommended to me by the womens’ group who was helping me at the time, but as I began working with him, I found that he was very talented. From the first meeting, Mr. Dua presented a keen intelligence, an eye of detail and a sympathy for my case.
My case was a very complex one involving two countries, the issue of subject matter jurisdiction, divorce, custody, child support and more. Mr. Dua worked long dedicated hours to sift through the complexities, prepare for each hearing thoroughly, and present lucid arguments at court. He was dedicated to the case every step of the way, and was instrumental in helping me get the positive outcomes I wanted – at every hearing. He placed a strong emphasis on detailed case preparation, including a lot of research of case law, and excellent presentation, and had an eye for the right details that could either make or break a case. Mere words cannot express my gratitude to Mr. Dua for his skill, talent, compassion, and understanding of my case. If anyone has a complex matter, especially with regards to family law/custody, I would say that Mr. Dua would definitely be the best person to contact.
I recently used the services of Dua Law Firm and worked with Travis Van Hook. Travis is responsive, thorough, understanding, and effective. He is very knowledgeable about and has a great deal of experience with protective orders. I felt a great sense of comfort having him represent me and was quite pleased with his work. Without reservation, I highly recommend Travis - you won't be disappointed!
Travis is very knowledgeable, responded very promptly to my messages and provided me with the legal advice I needed. He was always very professional, kind and supportive. I highly recommend Travis and I will continue to retain his services, as needed.