Speaking with a Newport News divorce lawyer is an important step in the separation process, but there are also additional things you may do that might make the process go more smoothly.
A separation means that you and your spouse no longer live together as a couple. While there is no such thing as legal separation in the state of Virginia, there are specific rules and guidelines that help define separation. Generally, a couple needs to be separated for six months to one year prior to getting divorced, although there are some exceptions.
Getting control of your finances to become financially independent is an important part of ending a marital relationship. You may even look to get out from under any debt that your ex incurred in your name.
When you’re married and have joint accounts, you may be responsible for your ex’s debts. You may need to speak with creditors and possibly with reputable credit counseling agencies to help create a manageable payment plan. A judge may make a judgment regarding which of you is responsible for paying the debts. If your ex is found responsible, you may get some relief.
Contacting a Newport News Divorce Attorney
At Hofheimer Family Law Firm we are committed to providing you with the guidance and compassion you deserve to move on with your case. Request a FREE copy of our divorce guide for women in Virginia, or reserve your seat at our monthly divorce seminar. Call us to set up a consultation – 757-425-5200.