How to Select a Virginia Beach Divorce Lawyer
If you and your spouse agree you’re both headed for divorce, it may be time to contact a Virginia Beach divorce lawyer. This article will explain how to find one.
The divorce laws in Virginia are complicated. You have the ability to file for either a fault divorce – in which one spouse is blamed for ruining the marriage – or a no-fault divorce.
The circumstances that would support a fault divorce include:
- Sodomy outside of the marriage
- Buggery (bestiality and other sexual acts against nature)
- If one spouse is convicted for a felony and is imprisoned for longer than a year
If you are interested in a no-fault divorce, you and your spouse have to live apart for more than a year (six months if there are no children). A Virginia Beach divorce lawyer can further explain the law.
So Where Do You Find a Virginia Beach Divorce Lawyer?
You may want to take a moment to consider what type of lawyer you want. If you and your spouse will likely agree on many issues, you don’t need a “pit bull-type” divorce lawyer in Virginia Beach. With an uncontested divorce, you’d be better off with someone knowledgeable in Virginia divorce laws with an easy-going manner.
If you and your spouse are likely to disagree about dividing the marital property or over custody of the children, you’d be better off with a Virginia Beach divorce attorney with a reputation of going on the attack.
With that settled in your mind, you may want to ask your friends, family members or acquaintances for referrals. You are sure to know someone who has been through divorce. Ask them what it was like working with their attorneys. Did they fight hard for them? Did they get them the results they wanted? Could they wholeheartedly recommend them?
If you need a few more names to round out your list or you’d rather not discuss your personal problems with people you know, we can help. Attorneys.com offers a service that can connect you to a Virginia Beach divorce lawyer near you.
When you’re ready to begin the search, call us at 1-877-913-7222 or fill out the short form on this website. We’ll need you to answer just a few questions. Then, whether you are in Ocean Lakes or Pine Meadows or any other part of Virginia Beach, we will forward the name and contact information of at least one divorce lawyer near you.
You are welcome to contact the attorney directly. If not, the lawyer will follow up with you within two business days.
Meeting with Virginia Beach Divorce Attorneys
Now that you have at least one name of a Virginia Beach divorce lawyer, you’re ready to move to the next step: The interview.
Most divorce lawyers in Virginia Beach are willing to talk with you in a brief meeting called an initial consultation. This is an important part of the process because at an initial consultation, you can:
- Get to know the attorney, his background and experience helping other Virginia divorcing couples
- Review your options and plot out a strategy for going forward
- Figure out if this is the lawyer you want representing you
Before you head out to your first initial consultation, you should take a few moments to think about questions you want to ask. You probably want to know the attorney's background and experience representing other divorcing Virginia Beach clients. How long has the lawyer been practicing divorce law? How does he stay on top of changes in divorce law?
You’ll also want to know how the attorneys bill for their time. Divorce can get expensive. Don’t leave without understanding how much your divorce might cost.
Write your questions down. Bring them with you so you don’t forget something important. Bring some extra writing material, so you can record the answers.
If you are going for a fault divorce as described above, you should also bring anything that documents your allegations. If you want a no-fault divorce, ask about actions you must take and must not take to preserve the right to divorce in a year.
Selecting a Virginia Beach Divorce Lawyer
After you are done interviewing the Virginia Beach divorce attorneys on your list, it’s time to choose one. If you only met with one, but you are confident in the lawyer’s qualifications and advice, your search is over.
If you’re torn between two or more attorneys, ask them for the names and numbers of former clients. Call them to get some first-hand feedback. Their input should help you narrow your choices to the very best Virginia Beach divorce lawyer for you.
Once you have hired your lawyer, you are ready to proceed with your divorce.