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Legal separation is an option when divorce may not be

When a Virginia married couple agrees that their relationship is over, many choose to move forward with divorce. However, this may not be an option for you for many reasons, yet there are still ways you can formally end your relationship. You can do this through legal separation.

Divorce mythbuster: Sorting fact from fiction

Before you decided to divorce, you may have discussed the idea with friends or family members who have already navigated the process in Virginia. If so, you may have received some worthwhile advice and information about how to keep stress levels low and bounce back quickly once the court hands down your decree. You may also have been given some misinformation, however, as there are many divorce myths circulating that a lot of people believe if they don't take time to determine fact from fiction.

Nesting: It might be the key to unlock your low-stress divorce

As you watched your children grow from their toddler years into pre-teens and teenagers, you've enjoyed seeing them spread their wings, make friends, increase their knowledge and set out to achieve their goals. When you sat them down to tell them you were getting divorced, one of their biggest concerns was whether they would have to move. Even a mere mention of going to a new school, leaving their current Virginia neighborhood or having to travel back and forth from your house to their other parent's seemed to cause them stress.

Maintaining your sanity while cohabitating during divorce

Like many individuals who have realized that a divorce is best for them, once you've gotten over the emotional hurdle, the main issue you're left to face may be financial. You're working toward a brighter, happier and more stable future, and you know that it'll be worth it in the long run, but the fact of the matter is that, in the short term, your budget may be tight.

Uncontested divorce could be a simpler way to end your marriage

The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one to make, no matter the circumstances. However, there are times in which it may be possible to make this complex and difficult process a bit easier. For you, this may mean filing for an uncontested divorce.

No need to go to court with an uncontested divorce

When you are getting ready to embark on the process of divorce, you may naturally be concerned about how acrimonious the process will be. After all, going to trial often fans the flames of frustration and anger, which, in turn, causes the divorce process to be lengthier and more arduous than what many really want it to be.

Marriage and divorce the second time around

You may never have believed your first marriage would end in divorce. In fact, you may have had the same expectations for your second marriage. Nevertheless, here you are considering the pros and cons of ending this marriage. Maybe you feel like you are going in circles, reliving the same conflicts that brought down your first marriage. Or maybe you just feel like it was a mistake to try again so soon.

A prenup could help you protect assets in the event of divorce

Because asset division can often cause the most contention when going through a divorce, you may wonder whether you could streamline the process. Luckily, you can take steps before you even get married to determine how to split your marital property and how to handle other life aspects in the event of divorce. Creating a prenuptial agreement could help you and your future spouse lay the groundwork for a quicker -- though not necessarily inevitable -- divorce.

Avoiding courtroom drama through divorce mediation

Nowadays the word alternative is attached to many phrases, such as alternative music, alternative medicine and alternative food choices. It's not surprising then, that there are also new alternatives where family law matters are concerned. In fact, if you're preparing to divorce in the near future, you may want to consider a popular alternative to litigation known as divorce mediation. This is a process where you agree to allow a third party to facilitate a dispute resolution process as you seek an agreeable settlement with your soon-to-be former spouse.

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