Separation and Marital Agreements – Important Concepts to Know

The process of negotiating and preparing a marital settlement agreement (or property settlement agreement) can be overwhelming for most clients. Potentially you are being asked to absorb and process a significant amount of complex information that can determine your individual rights relating to the most important aspects of your life. And for some, you are doing this…


What is the difference between uncontested divorce and contested divorce in Virginia?

In Virginia, when we talk about an “uncontested” divorce, we are simply talking about a divorce where there are no unresolved issues that need to be addressed by the court. Generally speaking, this can be because either 1) the parties to the divorce have already resolve the issues in the divorce with a signed, written…


Why do lawyers and judges tell divorce clients that it is often better to reach a settlement in their case, rather than go to trial?

At some point you will almost certainly be told that it is better to settle your case rather than go to trial. In fact, the likelihood is that you will probably be told this several times by several different people, including your lawyer and the judge who ultimately hears your case. Why do we say this,…