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.
For most people, dealing with lawyers is difficult. We get that. When a divorce law matter comes up, powerful emotions often make it even more difficult to deal with, and no one wants to take time off from work or drive a long distance, worrying about traffic and parking, only to sit in a strange law office waiting to meet a lawyer for the first time. We understand that. We found a better way a long ago. Setting up a video teleconference with one of our attorneys, for an initial client consultation or a follow-up, is easy via “Zoom”, “Facetime”, “Cisco Webex”, “Skype”, or other means of video teleconferencing. Just give us a call or send us an email and we’ll make it happen. And wear whatever you’d like. We will too.
Put your future and your trust into our dedicated divorce firm. Call (703) 721-7640 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays 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.
The Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC could also help you with modifying existing divorce orders 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
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) 721-7640 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays and schedule a case evaluation with our office. We serve residents in Fairfax 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.
Without his guidance and representation I am confident that I would be lost and without my children.
“I could not be more grateful to Mike for what he has done for me and my family.”
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.”
Divorce wasn’t easy, I’m glad Sarah was my lawyer.
“I chose this law office on the recommendation of a friend who went through a divorce just before I did, and I am grateful for my friend's own misery (we both laugh now about our not so fun times). Although I wouldn't wish a divorce on anyone (stick it out and try every day to make it work, or until about the sixth time she tells you she wants a divorce!), for my marriage there wasn't another option. As miserable a time as I had through more than two years of separation and divorce proceedings, I am happy that Sarah and her team were with me. Sarah always ensured my interests were protected, and her legal advice was always spot on. We never encountered any legal setbacks other than spending more time in court than expected because of the other side's actions. She was proactive in every way possible, and seemed to be a step ahead of the other side. With Sarah's help I finalized my divorce on my terms and gave up nothing that mattered to me. Thank you!”
I want to thank you for your wise counsel and words of encouragement over the last 18 months.
“It was an ordeal for me, but your assistance undoubtedly made it easier. ”
There is probably only a handful of attorneys 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.”
I can always count on receiving timely and substantive advice
“Sarah has been working on my divorce and follow-on support/visitation issues for several years. I can always count on receiving timely and substantive advice regarding any situation or question I may have, no matter how novel. I think her best trait is that she knows my situation inside and out and understands the mindset of my ex-wife. This ability allows her to provide advice on my case that I may be blindsided by because I am too close to the trees to see the forest. I cannot describe how much confidence I have knowing that I have an attorney like Sarah in my corner for any future battles with my ex.”
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.”
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. ”