Going through a divorce can be relatively simple and amicable or it can be extremely complicated and stressful. However, most divorce cases, even the uncontested ones, are emotionally draining and can be financially draining if you do not pick the right firm to represent you. At DeFazio Bal, our Richmond divorce lawyers are committed to providing quality representation to our clients going through divorce. Whether you have just been served papers or have already been discussing divorce for months, we are here to support you.
The main element of a divorce that can be emotionally and financially stressful is the length of time it takes to reach agreements between you and your spouse. If you can remain somewhat civil, it will make the process much more straightforward. Our Richmond divorce attorneys are committed to guiding you towards the least complex solutions possible.
There are legal requirements to fulfill prior to your divorce filing. If it is a no-fault, or uncontested divorce, there must be a waiting period of at least one year after you and your spouse have separated before a divorce can be finalized. You must have been living separately from your spouse during this one year. Some circumstances, however, can shorten this to only six months if you do not have children under the age of 18 and you have already established legal separation.
Although our Richmond divorce attorneys are highly confident in our litigation skills, we always aim to avoid trial whenever possible. There are many advantages to reaching agreements outside of court, including that it is less expensive, more private, and it leaves decisions out of the judge's hands. Mediation has been incredibly successful for many of our clients to resolve a variety of issues in divorce. If circumstances do require the assistance of the court, you can trust that we advocate aggressively for your needs.