Skilled Divorce Attorney in Newport News, VA
Capable representation for contested and uncontested divorces
Divorce in Virginia can be either contested or uncontested. Uncontested divorce is usually quicker and less expensive. However, since you never know when a contested issue might arise, you still want an attorney who can represent you confidently and effectively in and out of court. The Law Offices of Timothy H. Hankins has more than 30 years of experience in civil and criminal court proceedings. Our firm is skilled at negotiating tough controversies, but we never lose sight of our duty to represent you in pursuit of your goals.
Negotiating uncontested divorce in Virginia
Virginia has not formally done away with grounds for divorce. No-fault divorce has the advantage of maintaining the couple's privacy, since neither party tries to prove something negative about the other in open court. To obtain an uncontested divorce, a couple must draft a written separation agreement. A couple without minor children must then live apart for six months continuously; a couple with minor children must live apart for an entire year. Family law attorney Timothy H. Hankins drafts separation agreements that the court subsequently uses as the basis for a divorce decree in Hampton, Newport News and neighboring cities in Virginia.
Aggressive litigation of contested divorce in Virginia
When couples cannot agree on the essential elements of a divorce settlement, issues such as property distribution, alimony, child support, child custody and visitation must be tried in court. Your property distribution and alimony lawyer must be willing to investigate both parties' finances in great detail to make your best case for a fair division of assets and income. Your attorney must also have a realistic view, based on experience, of what you might be able to achieve in noneconomic aspects of the divorce, like child custody, child support or visitation rights. You can rely on Timothy H. Hankins for advice that strikes the balance between zealously advocating your position and accepting the reality that limits your losses.
Call a lawyer for family law issues in Hampton, Williamsburg, Norfolk & neighboring cities
If you're contemplating a separation or contested or uncontested divorce in Virginia, Timothy H. Hankins can provide sound, reliable legal counsel. Call us today at 757-525-9883 or contact our office online to schedule a free consultation.