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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.

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.

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 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
  • 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) 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.

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