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Filing for Divorce in Fairfax, VA

Trusted Representation Throughout Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. & Beyond

Divorce can be difficult, but with the help of an experienced lawyer, you can work toward a favorable resolution to your case. At the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC we offer representation for military and government officials, as well as civilian clients in Northern Virginia and the D.C. area. Our founding attorney is a former U.S. Army officer and has practiced law for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on taking the time to understand our clients and providing personalized approaches to their divorce concerns.

Put your future and your trust into our dedicated divorce firm. Call (703) 343-9539 today and schedule a consultation with our team.

How The Law Offices Of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC Could Help You

In Virginia, you have a few different options for completing your divorce. Your divorce can be uncontested, contested, or mediated. For uncontested divorces, both couples choose to recognize that divorce is imminent and work to finalize the divorce through their respective attorneys. Contested divorce requires proof and will be required to be completed in court. Mediated divorces may avoid court intervention as both parties and their respective attorneys work with a mediator to reach favorable agreements regarding their separation and how assets will be divided, child custody determined, and what support, if any, will be paid.

Our firm can work with you to find solutions in a wide variety of challenges, such as:

The Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC could also help you with modifying existing divorce decrees to reflect life changes such as remarriage, relocation, changes in employment, and health considerations. We are well-versed in civilian and military law, and proudly offer representation for military families and government officials.

Virginia Grounds for Divorce

Most states are either fault or no-fault divorce states. A fault divorce state simply means that you need to have grounds to file for divorce. A no-fault state means that you can file for divorce without needing to prove that your spouse is at fault for the marriage ending. Virginia is unique in that it’s a hybrid state. This means that you can file for a fault or a no-fault divorce.

If you wish to file for a no-fault divorce in Virginia, you need to be able to prove that you have lived separately from your spouse for at least one year. The required time apart can vary if you don’t have minor children and if you have prepared a separation agreement.

If you wish to file for a fault divorce, you need to be able to prove marital misconduct. Virginia considers the following behaviors grounds for divorce:

  • Abusive treatment
  • Adultery, sodomy, or buggery
  • Conviction of a felony
  • Desertion

Some couples will fabricate marital misconduct so that they can avoid the year of separation, but the court does not look on this favorably. If you’re caught fabricating misconduct, the judge will dismiss your case and you will have to begin the process all over.

Speak To Our Skilled Attorneys To Learn More

No one should face divorce alone, and with the help of the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC, you will never have to. We are committed to providing quality representation and personalized approaches to our client’s cases, and we will work hard to help you through your divorce.

For more information, call (703) 343-9539 and schedule a case evaluation with our office. We serve residents in Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, and Stafford Counties and the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia.

Why Hire Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC?

  • Our Attorney is a former U. S. Army officer.

  • Our firm is award winning & top rated.

  • We serve clients domestically & internationally.

  • Located close to the Fairfax County Courthouse.

  • We have over 30 years of legal experience.

  • He understands the lives and needs of service members and their families and I would say he is one of the best

    “I came to Mike under these circumstances and can definitively say that he is exactly the kind of confident, competent and aggressive family law attorney you need in a crisis.”

    Anonymous

  • I found Mr. Murphy's staff so welcoming and helpful through this entire process that it made an extremely stressful time a little less difficult.

    “He assisted me in drafting a Marital Separation Agreement that my (now) ex husband and I were able to come to agreement in signing, just over a month after we initiated the process. ”

    Anonymous

  • When I think of Mr. Michael K. Murphy words like top-tier, superlative, exemplary, first-class, and second to none immediately come to mind.

    “I could not have made a better decision in choosing him to represent me.”

  • I was blessed to have you and your team to represent me, it was worth every penny!

    “You all showed that you had my needs and desires at the forefront. ”

    Anonymous

  • As a former army ranger, he has a profound understanding of the nuances in military lifestyle and legal considerations and that understanding was of great benefit to me at every juncture.

    “I highly recommend Michael Murphy and his team to anyone who requires any service in family law, but particularly to military members who have any family law concern.”

    Cory L.

  • It is not only the legal work - but the feeling of protection, understanding, and caring that sets you apart.

    “I thank you both for bolstering me up and looking out for me when I needed it most.”

    Anonymous

  • Thank you so much for all your hard work and for being there to support our emotional needs.

    “I am very impressed with the professionalism your firm displayed. ”

    Anonymous

  • There is probably only a handful of attorney's of his experience and caliber.

    “His practice is almost fully electronic, which keeps costs down and enables him to help military families even stationed overseas.”

    Anonymous

  • Your validation has pulled his life out of quicksand.

    “You've given him hope and thoughts of a productive future. He has reason to persevere.”

    Anonymous

  • Mike Murphy successfully defended me in the military law courts and shepherded me through the civilian divorce process.

    “This is only possible thanks to Mike Murphy and his staff and I'm eternally thankful.”