We Can Help Minimize The Drama That Comes With Divorce
At Sammons, Olivero & Paraschos, we understand that divorce is a challenging time for everyone involved. Our Huntington divorce lawyers are qualified professionals, well-versed in family law, and capable of handling every divorce need. Contact our law offices in Huntington, West Virginia, today for more information. Just call 304-522-7730.
In today’s modern world, divorce has become a common occurrence. And because every person is unique, so is every divorce. Our West Virginia lawyers understand that and have the experience to quickly understand the issues involved and effectively guide you through all the proceedings.
We understand that the divorce may be a mutual agreement, or it could be contentious and require a more aggressive approach. Regardless of the situation, our team is professional, and we will work to keep all proceedings calm while minimizing any drama. You can count on Sammons, Olivero & Paraschos for personalized handling of your divorce.
Dividing Up Your Marital Property
Divorce is often complicated by the fact that a couple may own a house together, as well as other items such as vehicles and land. If you and your spouse have purchased property or other assets together, our lawyers will assist you in equitably dividing your property.
In West Virginia, marital property is divided based on equitable distribution, starting with the idea that property will be equally divided. However, not everything can be split right down the middle. Dividing a house, retirement plans or a shared business is more complicated, and the court will consider different factors in its determination. These factors can include monetary and nonmonetary contributions to the marriage, child support and alimony. One spouse often has to buy the other out to get the property they want.
You will have an opportunity to decide with your spouse on what would be a fair division. These wishes can then be submitted to the court for consideration. If you cannot come to an agreement, the court will step in and decide for you.
Easing The Financial Transition To Single Life
The transition from marriage to single life can be financially difficult for many individuals. Especially after many years of marriage or when children are involved, this transition can be challenging. If you were financially dependent on your spouse or your spouse was dependent on you, one of you may receive alimony, also called spousal support.
West Virginia has multiple types of spousal support, including:
- Temporary; available only while the divorce is pending
- Rehabilitative; provides support and time to seek employment
- Permanent; available when one spouse is unable to support themselves
- Spousal support in gross; a set amount of support, paid in installments or a lump sum
The court will evaluate several factors before awarding spousal support, such as the length of the marriage, employment, income-earning abilities, property distribution, age and physical condition.
Supporting Your Children After A Divorce
Whether you are concerned about receiving child support or want to minimize your obligations, our Huntington lawyers are committed to you. They will make sure to represent your best interests. Both parents are responsible for the support and care of their children in West Virginia, which means that both parents may pay child support.
Once the child’s paternity is determined, legal action can be taken to obtain child support to pay for the child’s upbringing. The state has specific guidelines to determine the amount of child support. It will make a determination based on the number of children and the combined income of both parents.
The worksheets for calculating child support can be confusing and don’t always take everything into consideration. Our attorneys will work with you to establish a parenting plan and file for child support for financial help to ensure you get what you need to raise your child.
Comprehensive Divorce Representation
From your divorce proceedings to filing for spousal and child support, our experienced divorce and family law attorneys can help you every step of the way. Call us at 304-522-7730 to discuss your case.