Virginia Beach Separation Agreement Lawyer
When a separating or divorcing couple is able to arrive at a peaceful dissolution on their own, a separation agreement, or uncontested divorce, can be less expensive and less emotional option than drawn out contested divorce proceedings.
At The Law Office of Elizabeth K. Barnes, I can help you draft this agreement. I will also help you ensure that you are not making costly mistakes that will impact your future and the next stage of your life.
Virginia Beach Separation Agreement Attorney — Uncontested Divorce Attorney
A separation agreement will include the same details of a divorce, including child custody, property division, and child and spousal support. When there are few assets or no children, this can be a relatively streamlined process. However, many couples fall prey to hastily signing documents that jeopardize their rights to benefits or support or forfeit their assets and entitlement to certain marital property.
If you are going through a legal separation and divorce, you should never sign a separation agreement or contract without the careful review of an experienced family law attorney. Once you sign it, you generally cannot go back, losing valuable assets and benefits forever. If you have already signed a separation agreement, however, there are some occasions where there may be a defense or possibility of modification to the agreement. It is important to contact an attorney immediately to pursue your options if you already have a separation agreement.
In cases of military separation, there are additional factors at play, including retirement rights. Military JAG attorneys on military bases generally will not draft separation agreements for military members or spouses, so it is vital that you find independent legal counsel to represent your rights.
Norfolk Uncontested Divorce Attorney — Separation Agreement Attorney
In some cases, I may assist clients in obtaining partial separation agreements. These documents will provide some direction for the moment, leaving room for a judge to decide the rest should a divorce occur. For example, some spouses may agree on the custody and visitation of their children, but be unable to agree on monetary support (spousal support and/or child support).
Others may agree on the division of property and only need a court to determine the custody and visitation of their children. With a skillful attorney, you may be able to reduce the stress and expenses of lengthy and difficult litigation by negotiating at least a partial resolution to your case.
Even in partial separation agreements, it is important that you have a skilled lawyer reviewing all documents before you sign. These agreements generally become part of the decree of divorce down the road. If you have signed an agreement with elements that are non-modifiable in divorce, you can lose those assets or benefits in the divorce.