Manassas Divorce Lawyer

Serving Manassas

Divorce can be difficult; there’s absolutely no question about it. It can be incredibly challenging if minor children are involved and the divorcing parents can’t amicably work out their disagreements. Ending a marriage can be an emotionally fraught time as it brings much uncertainty over each family member’s personal future and their future together.

The Manassas, VA divorce lawyers at Curran Moher Weis fully empathize with the trials our clients face. We also recognize that each divorce case presents a unique set of facts and legal issues, requiring a creative approach combined with an in-depth understanding of Virginia family law and court procedures.

If you are facing a divorce or are simply beginning to gather information to make important decisions for your family, reach out to our compassionate Manassas divorce lawyer for assistance.

What is a Divorce Decree?

A divorce decree is a legal document that serves as proof of the end of a legal marriage. It is the final judgment from the divorce court containing essential information about your case, including:

  • Spousal support (alimony)
  • Child support
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Property division
  • Other important information

Since a divorce decree is considered a court order, both ex-spouses are bound by its terms, and both can take necessary actions to enforce it. For example, if one spouse isn’t paying alimony as spelled out by the divorce decree, the other spouse can inform the judge and have them legally forced to abide by it.

Additionally, if you have decided to go back to using a former name, such as your married name, you can typically do that in your divorce. When a judge grants your name request, the divorce decree will include the court’s order for your name change. You can then use your divorce decree as proof that you legally changed your name.

Can a Divorce Decree be Changed?

Divorce decrees are designed to be permanent. However, Virginia family courts recognize that there are life circumstances that may warrant a change or modification to the decree. Under limited circumstances, they will consider making changes; however, those changes are generally limited to alimony, child custody, or child support. The division of assets and debts can’t be changed.

If you believe there is a reason to modify your divorce decree, it’s best to first discuss it with your divorce attorney. They can tell you if the change is necessary and would potentially be approved by a judge. If so, you or your attorney can approach your ex-spouse or their attorney with the proposed changes.

Depending on the specific circumstances, your ex-spouse might agree to the changes. At that point, it’s imperative to have a judge sign off on the changes making them legal. That way, in the future, your ex can’t come back and accuse you of not abiding by the divorce decree’s orders when you were simply abiding by the changes you both agreed to.

If your ex doesn’t agree to the changes, then your attorney will need to petition the judge for the changes. A judge might consider changes to a divorce decree under the following circumstances:

  • A change to your or your ex-spouse’s income, such as a job change, layoff, or raise
  • A change in living conditions for you or your ex-spouse
  • A change in the financial needs of a child, such as the unanticipated need for medical care
  • A decline in the physical or mental health of one spouse
  • An inability of one spouse to adhere to the terms of the original divorce decree
  • The remarriage of one spouse
  • Drug or alcohol abuse or a criminal conviction of one spouse

Is My Prenuptial Agreement Enforceable?

Prenuptial agreements, also called prenups, can make divorce much easier, quicker, and less expensive. However, they must be enforceable. If they aren’t, a judge won’t use them in your divorce, and you will go through the divorce process as if you never had one at all. Some reasons why a prenup might be unenforceable include the following:

  • It is not in writing
  • The parties did not sign it before they were legally married
  • One party signed the agreement under duress or coercion
  • There was no opportunity for parties to review the contract with an attorney
  • It contains illegal clauses, including those that incentivize divorce
  • It includes false, misleading, or missing information
  • It is unreasonably unfair to one party
  • The parties did not provide financial disclosure to one another

If you are getting divorced and have a prenuptial agreement, be sure you bring it to the attention of your divorce lawyers in Manassas so they can review it.

A Manassas Divorce Lawyer Near You to Help with Your Questions

The seasoned divorce lawyer at Curran Moher Weis can ensure that your rights are protected both during and after your divorce. If you´re in Manassas VA & nearby, start protecting them today by calling us at (571) 328-5020 or getting in touch online.

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    Jason handled my very messy divorce. Complicated custody situation, property disputes, police reports, CPS, custody evaluation – just to name a few things that we had to deal with. Jason always had the situation under control. He will never pr...


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    Grant Moher and his firm has a solid background in addressing family law issues that pertain to military families. They are well positioned to help all service members, veterans, and their dependents. I found Grant Moher and his staff to be exceptio...


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    Steven is very tough but also a decent person and works to create the best possible outcome. He guided me through some very difficult and upsetting negotiations to a very good outcome. He is always extremely accessible. He is very honest and does no...


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    I’m thankful to have engaged Nicole at the start of the process of divorce with children. Her advice has continually been thoughtful and precise. Her experience allows her to be pro-active and she has been thorough in explaining all facets of ...