1. Getting Separated When You Don’t Make Money

    Divorce is scary for almost everyone, but if your spouse is the breadwinner and you have little or no income, it can seem especially frightening. In many one-income families, one parent stays home to care for the children while the other works. For others, one spouse may be in school, have a disabil…Read More

  2. Virginia No-Fault Divorce

    As we discussed in this post, , the way we talk about whose “fault” things are in everyday life is not quite the same as legal fault. In divorce law, the types of fault divorce are adultery, cruelty, desertion, and conviction of a felony with at least one year of incarceration. But what if one o…Read More

  3. Divorce Based on Desertion

    One of many things that makes Virginia divorce law different from that of many other states is that Virginia still recognizes what are known as “fault grounds” for divorce. As we discussed in this post, these fault grounds include adultery, cruelty, felony incarceration, and desertion. In a divo…Read More

  4. Divorce Based on Cruelty

    In this post we discussed the difference between fault and no-fault divorce in Virginia, and in this post we talked about the four fault grounds for divorce: Adultery, desertion, felony conviction with 1-year incarceration, and cruelty. Put Safety First, Evidence Second If you are in a marriage that…Read More

  5. Divorce Based on Felony Incarceration

    As discussed in this post , one of the four fault grounds for divorce in Virginia is felony conviction with a sentence of at least one year of incarceration. This is one of the most self-explanatory grounds for divorce—and one of the rarest. If you are in the unusual position of being married to s…Read More

  6. Divorce Based on Adultery

    When most people think of grounds for divorce, adultery is the first thing that comes to mind. Adultery goes straight to the heart of a marriage, and nothing points to fault quite like such a violation of the marriage vows. Still, real-life fault and legal fault are two different concepts. Let’s t…Read More

  7. Whose Fault Is It, Anyway?

    When marriages break up, there is often a lot of talk about whose “fault” it is. But in the law, “fault” has a very specific meaning. While you or I might think a divorce is one spouse’s fault because he or she is a pathological liar, a terrible communicator, or just generally a jerk, in V…Read More

  8. Grounds for Divorce in Virginia

    If you are the one filing for divorce, one of the first decisions that you and your divorce lawyer will make is whether to file on fault grounds, or whether to file a “no-fault” divorce. Of course, “fault” has a very different meaning in the law from how we talk about whose “fault” somet…Read More

  9. Why You Need A Personalized Divorce Exit Plan

    Why A Divorce Exit Plan? Whether you’re the one leaving or the one being left, it’s hard to think of anything more stressful than considering a divorce.  Science tells us that changes in our brain chemistry make it hard to think clearly and make good decisions in times of extreme stress.  If y…Read More

  10. Fredericks and Stephens Services Overview

    Your Virginia Lawyers Divorce is never easy. The highly emotional issues involved in divorce —your children, your money, your home —make it one of the most difficult situations a person can experience.  It certainly doesn’t help that the process itself can seem convoluted and burdensome. Howe…Read More