Reliable Divorce Advice from Virginia Beach Family Attorney
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While many divorces can be very straightforward, contentious divorces or those involving large amounts of marital property can quickly become complicated. Parties to such divorces need seasoned legal representation to help protect their interests. This is especially true for the financially disadvantaged party in a divorce action.
At Joseph W. Hood, Jr. & Associates (retired)/Messman Law, PLC, our experienced divorce lawyers know the divorce process and ways to protect the interests of my Chesapeake area clients from start to finish.
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If you are going through a divorce where your spouse was the primary income generator, you may feel that you are at a distinct disadvantage. However, this is not necessarily the case. Virginia law takes steps to prevent one spouse from using financial advantage for leverage over the other in a divorce action. The law allows spouses to seek attorney fees, spousal and child support, and visitation and custody orders pendente lite (i.e., while the litigation is pending) during divorce proceedings. Divorce attorneys know obtaining such temporary relief during divorce litigation can be invaluable to the financially disadvantaged spouse. That is why I, the Virginia Beach divorce lawyer, aggressively pursue such relief when appropriate, to ensure my Chesapeake clients have the resources to support themselves during litigation.
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While it may seem like a difficult thing to consider at the start of a marriage, separation agreements negotiated prior to marriage--often called prenuptial agreements--can be a wise decision. This is especially true in marriages where one or both of the spouses have substantial premarital assets. While spouses can also negotiate a separation prior to or during divorce proceedings, the emotional effects of divorce can make reaching an equitable settlement more difficult. Prenuptial agreements allow spouses to avoid these difficulties by planning for potential separation during calmer, less emotional times. A divorce attorney can negotiate and draft a comprehensive prenuptial agreement that can help couples avoid the possibility of a contentious divorce.
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Joseph W. Hood, Jr. & Associates (retired)/ Messman Law, PLC provides legal counsel in family law matters--including divorce, annulment, support, and custody matters--to clients throughout the Norfolk and Chesapeake areas. I also provide services in estate planning, business formation and real estate transactions. Call my office at 757-340-5800 or contact me online to schedule a consultation with the experienced divorce lawyers.
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