5 Signs You Might Need a Divorce Attorney

Divorce is rarely a sudden event, but is usually the resolution of a gradual breakdown of the marriage over a course of several years. Every marriage has its difficulties, and many marriages have been restored even where a split seemed likely, but there are also times when it is in your best interest to talk to a divorce attorney about your rights and the potential outcomes in a divorce.

Speaking with a divorce attorney is by no means a commitment to pursuing a divorce, and, at Kurylo Gold & Josey, our attorneys never pressure any of our clients to make the decision to divorce. Instead, we take the time to understand our clients’ situations, offer them the best advice and counsel possible on their rights under Virginia law, and work with them to achieve the best outcomes in connection with any decision they choose to make. If any of the following situations applies to you, it may be time to consider seeking the advice of a divorce attorney.

Your Spouse Has Filed a Petition for Divorce

This one may seem obvious, but the non-filing spouse often makes the mistake of believing that not having an attorney will facilitate a quick settlement because hiring an attorney will seem like an aggressive tactic or one that indicates that the non-filing spouse wants to pursue litigation. While a number of couples who enter into the divorce process are able to reconcile, avoiding obtaining the assistance of an attorney immediately after receiving notice of a complaint for divorce can be detrimental to your interests in the divorce process. Without having counsel in your corner, it is difficult to make sure your rights are being protected, that your spouse is being fully forthcoming and fair, or to determine whether your spouse intends on working out an amicable resolution or proceeding to trial.

You or Your Spouse is Uninterested in Making Things Work

It is possible for spouses to work through their differences that arise during the marriage, but a happy resolution is usually dependent on both spouses being interested in expending the effort to make the marriage work. If you or your spouse is consistently uninterested in taking the steps to make the marriage work, this may be a sign that it is time to think seriously about speaking with a divorce attorney.

There Has Been Infidelity by Either Spouse

Infidelity in a marriage is not necessarily a definite sign that the marriage will soon end in divorce, but infidelity is one of the more common reasons a marriage ends and is often symptomatic of an irreconcilable breakdown between spouses, as a spouse may be interested in leaving the marriage for another person and/or the other spouse may be uninterested in continuing the marriage following the infidelity.

Property is Being Transferred Outside of Your Marriage

When one spouse is considering divorce, it is not uncommon for that spouse to attempt to remove money and other property (e.g. jewelry, stocks, etc.) from marital accounts and homes to other places, such as in vacation homes, offices, or with family and friends. This can be an attempt to lower the amount of property subject to division in a divorce. If you start to notice your assets are being rearranged, then you need to speak with a divorce attorney to protect your financial interests.

You Are Concerned About Your Financial Future

Disputes over division or allocation of the parties’ assets is a common factor in almost every divorce. Obtaining a divorce is often a necessary step to protect the financial future of both spouses and the children through an equitable division of property, spousal support, and child support. Further, there are times when a spouse may want to receive support prior to the entry of a final divorce decree or without a divorce altogether. Whether you are interested in pursuing a divorce, not pursuing a divorce, or seeking support pending divorce litigation, speaking with a divorce attorney regarding the various options available for your financial stability is important.

Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Virginia Divorce Attorney

At Select Law Partners in Fredericksburg, we will guide through all of your questions regarding divorce in Virginia. For a consultation with an experienced family law professional, call the firm today at (540) 642-1766.

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