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Virginia Family Lawyers

The Virginia family attorneys at Taylor, Taylor & Taylor, Inc. understand that dealing with divorce, child custody, visitation, and support, and other family matters can be stressful and emotionally taxing. No one should have to go through the legal process without steady guidance from a knowledgeable family lawyer. When you need qualified legal assistance with a family matter in Glen Allen or the surrounding areas, your first call should be to Taylor, Taylor, & Taylor, Inc.

Family Law Cases We Handle

At Taylor, Taylor & Taylor, Inc., we represent clients in a wide variety of divorce and family law cases. Some of the common types of cases we take on include:

  • Pre-divorce planning
  • Contested and uncontested divorce
  • Separation agreements and modifications
  • Custody and support agreements and modifications
  • Name changes
  • Step-parent adoptions
  • Retirement benefits division

Whatever your specific family law needs are, the lawyers at Taylor, Taylor & Taylor, Inc. have what it takes to help you achieve the best possible results in your case.

The Divorce and Custody Process

Depending on the circumstances of your divorce, the divorce process may be somewhat short (if the divorce is uncontested) or more drawn out (if the divorce is contested and disputes arise). But in general, the divorce and custody process involves the following steps:

  • Strategizing on your case – The first step in the divorce and custody process involves sharing your goals with your attorney and crafting a legal strategy to achieve those goals.
  • Filing for divorce or child custody – To initiate a divorce or child custody proceedings, your attorney will need to file paperwork with the appropriate Court.
  • Case management meeting – Everyone involved in the case, including the judge, lawyers, the defendant, and the plaintiff, will meet for a conference to speak about the case.
  • Researching your case – Your attorney will spend time researching and gathering information to help your case.
  • Temporary relief hearing – In some cases, one party may file a motion requesting a hearing for temporary relief. At the hearing, the motion will either be approved or denied.
  • Mediation – If the two parties are in dispute, mediation can help them come to an agreement.
  • Pretrial hearing – During the pretrial hearing, a judge will review the case and evaluate which issues are still in dispute.
  • Trial – The two sides will present their arguments during the trial, and a judge will issue an order.
  • Resolution – If either party wishes to alter a divorce settlement, this can be accomplished by returning to the same court following the initial order.

Contested or Uncontested Divorces in Virginia

A divorce is uncontested if both parties agree on all significant facets of the divorce, including child support, alimony, child custody, property division, and so on. Uncontested divorces tend to get resolved faster because there are no disputes to work through. In Virginia, many uncontested divorces can be resolved in weeks. Although, the paperwork takes a longer time to be processed by the Court and statutory waiting periods for filing may apply.

A divorce is contested if the two parties are disputing issues laid out in the settlement agreement. A divorce may also be contested if it is a fault divorce. The grounds for a fault divorce include abandonment or willful desertion, adultery, cruelty, and conviction of a crime (under certain circumstances).

Why It’s Important to Hire an Experienced Family Attorney

When discussing major family law issues, such as divorce, spousal support, child support, child custody, visitation rights, and property division, legal proceedings can quickly become contentious. For example, you may believe that the amount your spouse is requesting in spousal support each month is unfair. In another scenario, your spouse may disagree with the proportion of parenting time you are requesting.

An experienced family attorney can help you navigate through these disputes in a way that puts your interests first. With an attorney present, you have a much better chance of resolving the matter expeditiously and in a way that benefits you. For example, if you and your spouse have a dispute over property division and you have not retained an attorney to represent your interests, you could end up with much less than you deserve.

Family law issues can also be quite complicated and having an attorney on hand to offer sound legal counsel can mean the difference between a good and bad outcome. A skilled family lawyer will have intimate knowledge of all state laws that apply to your legal issue.

How Taylor, Taylor & Taylor Could Help

Our Virginia family law attorneys at Taylor, Taylor & Taylor, Inc. will aggressively protect your rights and interests when you hire us to represent you. We will also work to resolve any familial or spousal disputes while keeping your best interests top of mind. The legal process can be complex when it comes to family matters, which is why you need a knowledgeable lawyer to provide you with sound legal advice and guidance.

Contact us today for a 100% confidential consultation to discuss your situation in detail.

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