The decision to separate from your spouse can be a difficult and painful one. For couples who choose Virginia in-home separation, there are unique pros and cons to consider.
Virginia usually requires a couple to separate for 6 months or more before pursuing divorce. In-home separation isn’t the norm in Virginia, but it is one option the law allows for.
Emotional stress can be a large part of an in-home separation. If you and your spouse have marital issues that are serious enough to lead you to seek a Virginia separation, staying in the same house can be a challenge, to say the least.
First, determine whether in-home separation is right for you. It doesn’t work for everyone; so seek the counsel of a Virginia divorce attorney.
One way to handle your emotions is to take some quiet “alone time.” The conditions of in-home separation require the partners to keep their distance whenever possible, so use this to your advantage. Create a peaceful space in which to think, read or meditate.
Balance quiet time with some socializing. Friends and family can be supportive and help get you smiling again. Be wise about your social choices; this isn’t the time to flaunt a new romance in front of your spouse. Behave with discretion, put your dating life on hold and follow the advice of your attorney, with the goal of peacefully ending the marriage.
An in-home separation is meant to help you ease your way out of your marriage emotionally and financially. Take advantage of the time in ways that will benefit you and your family’s future.
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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 are interested in seeking a Virginia separation or 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.