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Contested Divorce

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Virginia Divorce Attorneys

What makes a divorce “contested” or “uncontested” has little, if anything, to do with whether both parties want the divorce. Rather, a contested divorce is one in which the parties do not agree to the terms of the divorce. A divorce's “terms” are such issues as how the marital property will be divided, who will get custody of any children of the marriage, or how the spouses will repay any debts accrued during the marriage. A truly uncontested divorce is rare, as the various “terms” that may be subject to dispute are almost limitless. These terms may include:

  • Division of property
  • Child custody
  • Visitation/parenting plan
  • Child support
  • Spousal support (alimony)


All of the contested terms must be negotiated until both parties can reach an agreement that they find satisfactory. Understandably, this can be an arduous and emotionally draining process. The good news is that even the most contested divorces can be settled outside of the courtroom. The skilled Virginia divorce attorneys at Charles B. Roberts & Associates can help keep the conflict to a minimum and negotiate a divorce settlement that is in your (and your children's) best interests.

Child custody and division of property are two of the most contested issues in a divorce. Virginia law allows for equitable distribution of marital property between the spouses in the event of divorce. With equitable distribution, marital property consists of all property held jointly by both husband and wife, as well as all other property acquired by either or both spouses during the marriage. Marital property does not include separate property held by one spouse prior to marriage, property acquired after legal separation, inherited property or gifts given to one spouse by a third party. What constitutes marital property and separate property, however, can be difficult to determine. In instances where marital property and separate property have been co-mingled, or where the efforts of the non-owning spouse has increased the value of separate property, then such property may be classified as marital property.

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The emotional tensions involved in a contested divorce can make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the spouses to deal objectively with the many issues they must resolve. That is why many people choose to hire an attorney well-versed in Virginia divorce laws to handle their case. The Virginia divorce attorneys at Charles B. Roberts & Associates, P.C. will work diligently to protect your interests – and the interests of your children – during this difficult time. Call  703-491-7070 or 1-888-407-4529 (tolll free) to discuss your case with our experienced
Virginia divorce attorneys. We handle cases in Arlington, Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, and throughout Northern Virginia.