The decision to break up often brings mixed feelings — even if you were the one who made the decision to separate, it can still be exhausting to complete the process. It’s not uncommon for one or both members of the couple to give up and become apathetic about the issues that must be decided in the divorce process. While this response is completely understandable, you must press on to protect yourself (and your kids, if you have any) from the inevitable problems that inaction causes, even years later. Contacting a divorce lawyer for a consultation is a good first step to figuring out what you need to do.
In 2013, there were 29,465 divorces in Virginia. Over 12,000 of those couples had children. You are not alone, and with the right team backing you up, you can get through your divorce and come out stronger on the other side.
I’ve been served with papers.
If you were the one who was initially served, the first action you must take is to consult with a divorce attorney. Sometimes your spouse will try to convince you to “just sign” the uncontested divorce that he had drawn up by his lawyer, and to sign Waiver of Service form for the court. You should not sign anything until you have spoken with a divorce lawyer about your options. Countless people have entered into very bad separation agreements without a full understanding of what the rights they are giving up, and the permanency of that agreement. Every divorce is unique, so it is impossible to get good legal advice from a book or web site. You need a personal consultation with a divorce lawyer to protect your rights. This may be a confusing and difficult time — you may feel that you lack the strength to do anything at all — but it’s important to set that aside and be proactive in your divorce.
If you need a Newport News or Hampton Virginia Divorce Lawyer, please call us and let’s talk about your situation. The call is free, and we want to make the process as effective and trouble-free as possible. Call 757-926-5231. We handle family law issues for clients anywhere on the Virginia Peninsula.
I need to divorce my spouse.
On the other hand, it may be that you have realized that you need to initiate a divorce. This realization is often no less stressful than being on the receiving end of papers. You may have considered “do it yourself” using online forms, or you may have been tempted by an internet law firm offering an uncontested divorce for $400 or less. Do not be deceived. No web site can successfully advise you on your unique situation, there are just too many variables. And those cheap law firms sometimes have hundreds or thousands of dollars in hidden fees that you only learn about after you’re in the process. Plus, until you consult with a divorce lawyer, there is no way to know whether you should even do an “uncontested” divorce. Consider this: How much time and money did you invest in your marriage and family during the time you were married? And now, with such a major family change on the horizon, do you really want to entrust something this important to a cheap internet lawyer?
When you realize that you must divorce your spouse, start the process the right way and you’ll find it will work out much better for you in the end.
What will my Lawyer cost?
It’s impossible to quote you a price for handling your case until we speak to you and discuss your complete situation. We must have an understanding of the “big picture” — your family, assets, liabilities, and your goals — before we know how much work must be done to accomplish your goals. We are not a ‘divorce mill’ law firm, processing hundreds of cheap divorces every week. We get to know our clients and work with them to devise a customized plan that meets their goals. One promise we do make: There will never be any surprise charges. Our initial consultation is free, and after that we will be able to discuss price and financial options with you, and let you make the decision of whether we are the right firm for you.
What to do next:
Make the call. You might be angry, stressed out, or sad about the situation, but the answer is to get proactive and take control of your life. We can help you do just that. Your phone call is completely free, and it’s the right step to regaining control of your life and family. Contact us right now.