Divorce & Separation

Divorce is an emotionally challenging time of life and there are significant legal issues associated with the process. Divorce can become especially complicated when children are involved and when custody issues are disputed.

How can an attorney help?

Experience has indicated that when possible, it is more desirable, both from economic and emotional standpoints, for the parties to participate in the decision making process and reach agreement with regard to all matters rather than to proceed for judicial determination. Our experienced Virginia divorce attorneys can help clients settle issues of property distribution, custody, and support without going to court, which makes the divorce process less adversarial, acrimonious and expensive. Our lawyers have also helped clients pursuing mediation, arbitration, or other alternative methods of resolving divorce.

If you are involved in a divorce, we can help you with all aspects of your case, from understanding Virginia’s child support guidelines to learning how property is distributed. With knowledge of your legal rights, you can make more informed choices about settlement and if necessary, be better prepared to make a compelling argument in court for your legal position.

What are ground for divorce in Virginia?

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a divorce can be granted on several grounds, which can be fault-based or “no fault” based. Obtaining a fault or a “no-fault” divorce is a legally complicated process and it is imperative that divorcing couples understand the existing laws concerning divorce, how property is divided, and how decisions regarding custody are made. The type of divorce you choose significantly impacts the elements you are required to prove, the time it will take to get a divorce, and the final divorce settlement.

Getting legal help

It is important to understand your legal rights under Virginia divorce law and to seek help from an experienced Virginia divorce attorney in navigating the divorce process. To obtain the legal assistance you need in a Virginia divorce, contact the experienced Virginia divorce attorneys at Nichols Zauzig to schedule a consultation.

Some useful links

Divorce in Virginia, a brochure prepared by the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Financial Issues in Divorce in Virginia, a brochure prepared by the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Children & Divorce, a brochure prepared by the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. (Spanish version)

Divorce Manual: A Client Handbook, prepared by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

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Top Divorce Lawyer Cassandra Chin named AAML National Membership Chair

Cassandra Chin named AAML National Membership Committee Chair

| Child Custody and Visitation, Divorce and Separation, Family Law/Divorce | No Comments
Cassandra Chin, a Partner with Nichols Zauzig Sandler, was appointed as National Membership Chair of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) at their annual meeting last week in Chicago. With this…
Best Lawyers® names Nichols Zauzig "Best Law Firm" Top Tier in Northern Virginia

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Top Divorce Attorney Andrew Taylor Joins Nichols Zauzig Woodbridge

Family Law Attorney J. Andrew Taylor Joins Nichols Zauzig Sandler

| Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce and Separation, Equitable Distribtuion, Family Law/Divorce | No Comments
Nichols Zauzig Sandler is pleased to welcome Family Law Attorney J. Andrew Taylor. Mr. Taylor brings 11 years experience focusing on the practice of family law in the Manassas and…

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How to parent during divorce: Virginia attorneys advise

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https://youtu.be/w5wASVXhEkc Full of practical advice from Virginia divorce attorneys, judges and law professors, this acclaimed video offers advice to parents on how to co-parent during the divorce process. The goal?…
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New Virginia laws impact spousal support and child custody

| Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce and Separation, Equitable Distribtuion, Family Law/Divorce | No Comments
  Beginning July 1, 2018, several changes in spousal support and joint custody took effect in Virginia. Modification of spousal support If there is a material change in circumstances, a…
Cassandra Chin, Divorce and family law lawyer Manassas

Considering separation but can’t afford two households in Virginia?

| Child Custody and Visitation, Divorce and Separation, Equitable Distribtuion, Family Law/Divorce | No Comments
By: Cassandra Chin, AAML, Divorce and Family Law Attorney Living separately under the same roof is a growing trend in Northern Virginia divorce cases. Many families are just making ends…
Find a divorce attorney in manassas prince william virginia

How to find a top divorce attorney in Virginia

| Divorce and Separation | No Comments
By: Cassandra M. Chin, AAML, Partner with Nichols Zauzig  It can be intimidating to take that first step and contact a divorce attorney. How do you find a lawyer who is reputable?…

Is a post-nuptial agreement right for you?

| Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce and Separation, Family Law/Divorce | No Comments
By: Betty Moore Sandler, AAML, IAFL, Partner with Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C More couples are entering into post-marital agreements than ever before, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. (AAML) In…
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How is child support determined in Virginia?

| Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce and Separation, Equitable Distribtuion, Family Law/Divorce | No Comments
In Virginia, both parents are expected to pay for the financial support of their children, regardless of whether the parents have ever been married or whether the non-custodial parent has…