7 Things to Ask Yourself Before Filing for a Virginia Divorce

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 by Hofheimer Family Law

Divorce is often the result of a mix of underlying causes that can be hard to pinpoint. If you’re considering filing for a Virginia divorce, you’re probably wondering whether it’s the right choice and how you can know with certainty that filing for divorce is unavoidable.

Many things can lead to a divorce in Virginia, including:

  • poor communication;
  • financial difficulties;
  • extramarital affairs;
  • abuse or addiction; and
  • changes in life goals and priorities.

Whatever the causes for unhappiness in your marriage, you’ll want to do some internal searching to confirm that divorce is the best choice for your situation before you file for a Virginia divorce.

Try taking an objective look at your situation and ask yourself some of these questions:

  • Bickering are you arguing over every little thing? Do your spouse’s behaviors that you used to overlook now constantly irritate you?
  • Communication has honest, open communication ceased? Do you feel unable to talk without fighting?
  • Love do you feel the love and hope is gone from the relationship? Do you still have fun and feel sexually attracted to each other?
  • Respect do you respect each other or is criticism and belittling the norm?
  • Disagreements do you and your spouse argue over the same issues repeatedly? Are you realizing that you’ve reached a wall and can’t come to a compromise?
  • Values – do you and your spouse have different life goals and values? Have you grown in vastly different directions?
  • Abuse – is there abuse taking place? If abuse is an issue, seek help immediately to protect your well-being and that of your children.

Divorce is never an easy decision and you’ll need the help of a divorce counselor, as well as a Virginia divorce attorney to be your advocates along the way. Before you speak with your husband about divorce, you’ll want to learn about what you should do before you file for a Virginia divorce.

Contacting a Virginia Divorce Attorney for Women

The decision to file for divorce usually comes at the end of a long and painful journey. In addition to the emotional turmoil involved, there’s also a lot of fear and uncertainty about what the future holds. Concerns about children, mortgages and even just paying the bills or buying groceries can easily become overwhelming.

A Virginia divorce attorney at Hofheimer Family Law Firm can examine the specifics of your case to help you decide how much support to ask for, what child custody arrangement will work best for you and your children and how to fairly divide your marital assets. Request a FREE copy of our divorce book for women in Virginia, or reserve your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.