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contested divorceJust like no two marriages are exactly alike, no two divorces are exactly alike either. Every couple who wishes to seek a divorce should weigh all of their options to choose the right solution for them. Some couples come to agreements on their own and never step foot in a courtroom. Not every couple who cannot agree must go to trial, however, as there are other alternatives such as conciliation and mediation, which can help a divorcing couple negotiate and come to an agreement without dragging the issues into court. Some couples are simply unable to compromise on numerous issues and spend time, money, and energy on hearings and trials. No matter what kind of situation you are facing, you deserve quality representation by an experienced family law attorney who can help you determine what is best for you.

The following are the types of divorce in Virginia:

  • Contested divorce—In a contested divorce, the two parties do not agree about either getting a divorce in general or about the specific terms of the divorce. There are many issues that must be settled in a typical divorce, such as child custody determinations, property division, debt division, and spousal support. If a couple does not agree, they may need mediation or the court to help them settle the terms of the divorce.
  • Uncontested divorce—In an uncontested divorce, the couple agrees that they should get a divorce and on all terms of the divorce. This type of divorce often costs less, is less complicated, and takes less time. In fact, if a couple does not have children, they may be granted an uncontested divorce after a six month separation period.
  • Limited DivorceA limited divorce is a lot like a legal separation, as it does not legally end a marriage, but does determine how a couple is going to live apart. A limited divorce will decide custody and financial arrangements for the couple.

In order to determine what type of divorce works best for you, you should always consult with an experienced family law attorney at The Law Office of Raymond B. Benzinger. Call today at (703) 312-0410 to schedule a consultation, or use our online contact form here.

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