Divorce decreeThis is the next post in my series on how dating can impact a Virginia divorce. My last article discussed how dating can impact child custody. It is important to understand that subjecting your child to someone with a poor character may not be in the child’s best interests. This can impact the Court’s custody determinations. If you have questions on how to proceed in your given situation then it is best to speak with an attorney. In this article I will discuss another important topic – the desire to settle a divorce so that one may get on with their romantic life. As you will see, making such a decision can have consequences in regards to your future. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

It is understandable that someone may wish to move on with their romantic lives when they are going through a divorce. This desire can be magnified if the case seems to be taking longer than it otherwise should. When the matter is dragging on it is natural for one to consider making concessions so that they may get on with their lives. These concessions can include giving away a larger share of marital property, taking responsibility for a larger share of marital debt, or making otherwise unfavorable concessions in regard to child custody. It is important to understand, however, that such concessions may be impossible to reverse or, at best, difficult to modify. A person making such concessions, therefore may come to regret it later on.

It is understandable that you simply wish to get your case over with. It is important to realize, however, that many people focus on the short-term when they are going through a divorce. After your case is completed you have the rest of your life in front of you. It is likely a poor choice to accept a large number of difficult future years in exchange for ending your case a few months early. If, for example, you accept an unfavorable financial settlement then you may find yourself struggling for several years as property distribution orders are generally permanent. Before accepting any settlement it is best to speak with an attorney.

Contact my office today to speak with a divorce lawyer. I have handled many cases in Virginia Beach and Norfolk where people wish to get their matter resolved. I will use your initial consultation to help you understand your options and to figure out the best path forward. My office is ready to assist you. We also service Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, as well as the surrounding counties of Northampton, Isle of Wight, York, and James City.