At McIntyre DeFede Law PLLC, a Manassas-based firm, we understand that divorce is a difficult time for many people, which is why we approach each case we take on with compassion. We recognize that you are a person with real concerns, and we do our best to address them. The one area in which our approach never changes is in custody cases, where we will always develop a strategy that focuses on the best interests of your children.
As we work through each aspect of your case, we will make sure that you clearly understand the processes and the laws that surround them. It is our goal to make you feel empowered during your divorce. Our family law attorneys assist clients in Prince William, Fairfax and throughout Northern Virginia with the following aspects of divorce:
- Property division
- Spousal support
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
Do I Really Need An Attorney If I’m Getting Divorced?
There is no substitute for working with an attorney during your divorce. An experienced and knowledgeable lawyer can walk you through the complex processes of child support, alimony and property division, making sure you understand your rights. We have experience throughout Prince William, Fairfax and Northern Virginia helping people navigate the divorce process, from uncontested settlements to complex equitable distribution trials.
Even if you have a simple divorce with no children and minimal assets, you should always have an attorney read over your divorce settlement before signing off on it. Once a settlement is signed, it is unlikely it can be changed.
Why We Focus On Settling A Case First
Divorce is often portrayed as a very contentious legal issue in which people regularly go to court to fight over their children and their belongings. In reality, having a judge decide the terms of your divorce is far from ideal.
At our law firm, we focus on settling first because it allows you to decide the outcome — not a judge who doesn’t know you. This is especially important when it comes to child custody.
No one knows your family situation better than you and your spouse, which is why the two of you are in the best position to do what is right for your children. Agreeing on a settlement can also set the stage for a more amicable relationship as co-parents between you and your spouse. If settlement ultimately isn’t possible, our lawyers will have been taking the necessary steps to ensure you have a strong position at trial.