Financial Burden of Desertion

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

Facing a divorce is difficult enough, but when your husband deserts you, you’re in an especially vulnerable position.

Virginia divorce law recognizes desertion as grounds for ending a marriage, so if your husband has left your home without your consent and with no intention of returning, you can file for a fault-based Virginia divorce.

Desertion isn’t simply an emotional blow; it can be a financial one, too. Often, when a man who is the primary household earner leaves his family, he does not leave them with enough money to provide for their needs or send enough money to keep the household functioning.

Desertion affects not only the deserted spouse and her children; it has an impact on the whole community. Deserted women and their children may find themselves in serious financial trouble. Bills may go unpaid and the family might need to seek help from Virginia social services to meet everyday needs.

Virginia law dictates that an adult needs to provide financially for his or her dependants. If your husband has deserted your family and is not supporting you and your children, he has broken Virginia law. While this fact leaves you in a financial predicament, it can be addressed.

Your Virginia divorce attorney will help you prepare your divorce case against your husband. When he is found, he will be served with divorce papers and brought into court as soon as possible where your attorney can advocate that he fulfills his responsibilities to you and your children. To learn more about desertion and its impact on a Virginia divorce, visit our article library.

At this vulnerable time, it’s critical that you have exceptional legal representation that not only understands the specifics of your case, but is dedicated to your best interests and that of your family.

The Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm represent Virginia women who wish to file for divorce. We are committed to fighting for your rights, assisting in child custody disputes, and advocating that you receive everything you are entitled to and need in order to start your new life. You can learn more by requesting a FREE copy of our guide, What Every Virginia Woman Should Know About Divorce, or reserving your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.