Protect Your Interests With Experienced Divorce Representation

Divorce is a major decision, but it is not always a decision that spouses make together. You and your spouse may not be at the same point emotionally, and may not even agree on whether you want to end the marriage. It is part of what makes the process so difficult. It is crucial that you have a divorce lawyer who can effectively guide you through your divorce.

At Cooper Law, PLLC, you get realistic advice from a former Marine and attorney with over 30 years of experience. Although each divorce is unique, I know the law and the effect it could have on your case based on your individual circumstances. I take the time to get to know you and help you make confident decisions about your future.

Schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me, Robert M. Cooper, by calling my office in Manassas at 703-722-6187.

Judges Make Decisions Based On What Is Equitable Under The Law

In Virginia, a voluntary separation agreement is often the best option. Even when couples are not on the same page about how to handle the specific details of property division, alimony or child custody, it does not mean that they cannot work together to develop an out-of-court solution.

When couples cannot reach a voluntary agreement, the court will make a determination for them. Judges make decisions based on what is equitable under the law. When it comes to the division of marital assets and debt, equitable does not always mean equal. A judge will consider many factors when deciding what is equitable, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • Age and physical and mental health of each spouse
  • The nature and type of property, including whether it is a liquid asset
  • When the assets or debt were acquired
  • The type of loan and whether it is secured by property
  • Any contributions, monetary or nonmonetary, each spouse made to increase the value of property
  • Any factors that led to the divorce such as adultery, which could act as a bar to spousal support
  • Whether a spouse wasted, concealed or transferred any assets in anticipation of divorce
  • Potential tax consequences
  • Other factors the court deems necessary or relevant

Are You Considering Divorce? The Time To Talk To An Attorney Is Now.

The settlement that is determined during your divorce is the one that you are going to have to live with. I can advise you on the steps that you can take in preparation for your divorce as well as represent your interests during one. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your options. Call 703-722-6187 or send me your information.