Guiding You Through Your Divorce To The Future You Want

Even amid the turmoil of a divorce, you likely have a vision for the future. You know what you want your lifestyle to look like, what property you want to maintain and how much time you want to spend with your children. During this stressful time, however, getting to the future you envision may seem impossible. We are here to guide the way.

At The Susan Hicks Group, PC in Fairfax, we represent people throughout northern Virginia in all issues relating to divorce, including child custody, child support, spousal support and property division. Our lawyers handle high-asset, high-conflict divorce cases, as well as uncontested cases. We represent members of the military and government employees, their spouses and all other parties. We will protect your interests through all facets of divorce.

Even if you are going through an amicable divorce, it's important to contact a lawyer early in the process. In the long run, it's easier and less expensive to have a lawyer guide you through the legal steps rather than try to correct mistakes later. Further, divorces may begin amicably and become contentious along the way. We have the strength to protect your interests in even the most embattled divorce case.

Separation And Grounds For Divorce

One requirement to get a divorce under Virginia family law that many people misunderstand is separation. Unless you are filing for divorce based on a fault ground, you must prove to a judge that:

  • You have been living separate and apart physically for at least one year (or six months if you have no minor children).
  • You have formed the mental intent to remain apart permanently and maintained that intent for at least one year.

The requirement that you live separate and apart does not mean simply that you have separate bedrooms. If one spouse does not move from the house, you will need to prove that you did not act as husband and wife in any way during that year-long period. You also will need a witness other than your spouse to corroborate that you have been living apart and that you have had the intent to divorce.

During the year that you and your spouse are living apart, our attorneys can help you negotiate a settlement agreement for property division, child custody, child support, spousal support and other issues. Our lawyers also can assist you with temporary orders while you are living apart.

Contact Us To Discuss Your Divorce

For more information or to schedule a consultation with our Fairfax divorce attorneys, call 703-468-0193 or fill out our online form.