THE LAW OFFICES OF RANDALL SOUSA
FAIRFAX DIVORCE LAWYER
Despite our best efforts, divorces can get complicated – particularly when the points of contention involve property distribution and child custody. When disagreements about these issues arise, it can leave a person with feelings of great uncertainty and vulnerability, but that is precisely why it is so important to have a strong, confident, and aggressive Fairfax divorce lawyer by your side. When our clients feel as though life is starting to spin out of control, we immediately step in and stop things from spinning out of control by providing you with clear-headed, rational advice. At the end of the day, the most important factor in achieving your desired outcome is who your attorney will be. We suggest you choose wisely.
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When the parties cannot or will not agree on certain issues, this is known as a “contested divorce.” No matter the circumstances, my job as an attorney requires me to aggressively fight for my client’s rights and interests. But ramping up our aggressive approach is especially important during a contested divorce because your financial future is directly tied to the property distribution agreement you reach with your ex-spouse. That is why hiring an aggressive, professional, and highly skilled Fairfax divorce lawyer is perhaps the most important first step you can take.
A divorce is considered “uncontested” when you and your ex-spouse have agreed to the terms and conditions of divorce and a court is not required to intervene in the division of assets, child custody, or spousal support. Yet, the reality is that even when the divorce is uncontested, no separation is completely rosy or amicable. However, an uncontested divorce is the best way for the parties to focus on moving forward.
Division of Property
Unfortunately, dividing property, debts, assets, and investments is not as simple as just drawing a red line through the middle of your home. When a couple divorces, their property is divided in a number of ways depending on a multitude of complex factors. But wading through the complexities of dividing marital property requires the knowledge and persistence of a highly skilled and aggressive Fairfax family lawyer. At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, we help our clients evaluate marital property and what is claimed to be non-marital property in order to secure their rights and ensure that they walk away from their marriage with everything they deserve, and possibly more.
High Net Worth Divorce
High net worth divorces involve many of the same issues as other divorce matters, but these same issues tend to be much more complicated in high net worth divorce cases. The greatest difficulties or complications in high net worth divorce cases generally involve business valuation, uncovering hidden assets, and finance, tax, or debt issues. Fairfax divorce lawyer Randall Sousa is known for handling the complex financial issues related to the equitable distribution of high net worth divorce matters.
When child custody disputes arise, it can be both heart-wrenching and maddening. At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, you will find a Fairfax family lawyer who understands all of the different emotions you are feeling. It is this understanding which motivates us to provide the compassion, support, and highly skilled and aggressive representation that you need in order to work out any and all child custody issues you may be facing.
Division of Debt
When it comes to finalizing a divorce, the division of debt is just as important as the division of property and child custody. At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, we seek to ensure that our clients obtain a fair divorce settlement which allows them to move on from the marriage and rebuild their new life instead of being stuck in the past and saddled with debts that they did not incur. In order to avoid this fate, you must hire a highly skilled and knowledgeable Fairfax divorce lawyer to represent you throughout your divorce proceedings.
Tax Planning for Divorce
Not every aspect of divorce is emotional or upsetting. One aspect of divorce that many people overlook is their opportunity to take advantage of tax strategies which can result in significant savings. Indeed, you can receive tax benefits from paying child support; being the primary caregiver to at least one of your children; and keeping title to the family home in both spouses’ names. If tax planning is important to you, your Fairfax family lawyer can prepare a divorce agreement which will help you take advantage of certain tax incentives which go along with divorce.
The reality is this: If you do not hire an attorney who can pay special attention to your financial future, then you will not like the outcome of your divorce. At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, you will find a Fairfax divorce lawyer with a reputation for never backing down in divorce litigation and we have the knowledge, experience, and aggressiveness to deal with even the most complex spousal support issues. If we are forced to go to court, you can rest assured in knowing that we will do everything in our power to ensure that you obtain the best possible outcome.
A prenuptial agreement is an explanation of the expectations of each party during the course of the marriage as opposed to some sort of restrictive covenant. While many people view prenuptial agreements as a source of discontent, my job as a Fairfax family lawyer provides me with the full confidence to say that prenuptial agreements are no longer a tactic to railroad another spouse. Instead, they are actually one of the best ways to prevent financial loss or waste should a couple divorce, while also ensuring that one spouse will care for the other after the marriage has ended.
If you are concerned about how the court will calculate child support payments or whether you and your children will receive the financial support you need or deserve, then contact the Law Offices of Randall Sousa to speak with an aggressive, affordable, and highly skilled Fairfax divorce lawyer today. We know how to use both law and procedure to make sure that your child is properly cared for. Alternatively, if you are paying too much in support, we know how to make sure that your child support contribution fairly and accurately reflects your income.
Uncovering Hidden Assets
Sometimes, when a couple gets divorced, one spouse will attempt to fool his or her partner by hiding assets, transferring funds offshore or into a trust, or utilizing some other underhanded tactic in order to limit the property which may be divided during divorce. At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, when we take on a complex asset divorce case, we meticulously investigate our client’s financial situation and utilize some of the very best forensic accountants from around the country to uncover these hidden assets so that you can receive what you truly deserve once the divorce is finalized.
Mediation in Divorce
Mediation is an alternative to litigation where the parties will each sit in a separate room and a neutral third party (who is also an attorney) will act as an intermediary who communicates each party’s concerns, desires, and arguments to the other party. Many times, mediation works, and it is a much cheaper approach to dispute resolution than the civil court system. At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, we strongly encourage our clients to utilize mediation as an alternative to the blunt and sometimes ineffective instrument that is adversarial litigation.
If you are seeking a restraining order to prevent abuse, harassment, violence, or stalking, a Fairfax family lawyer at the Law Offices of Randall Sousa can help you navigate the complicated and confusing procedural maze involved in obtaining these orders. We have been highly successful at both obtaining and dissolving restraining orders and our aggressive, affordable, and highly skilled approach to these delicate situations puts us in a great position to be able to provide you the assistance and representation you truly deserve.
Confidentiality agreements protect sensitive information and help prevent parties from using information against one another. Confidentiality agreements also impose serious penalties if one of the parties breaches the agreement. Whether you seek to protect the contents of a business valuation, a prenuptial agreement between you and your spouse, or are simply trying to protect your personal dirty laundry from being made public, we will draft a highly precise agreement tailored to your specific needs. Whatever your concerns may be, you deserve the ability to live your life without these types of worries hanging over your head.
Legal separation agreements allow the parties to make certain arrangements or agreements prior to or during the pendency of divorce proceedings. As a Fairfax divorce lawyer, I can confidently tell you that when the parties are able to reach a legal separation agreement, it generally allows the parties to save time, money, and a whole lot of aggravation.
If your ability to pay spousal or child support has changed since the issuance of your divorce decree, you can petition the court for a modification to decrease the amount of support you are paying. On the other hand, if the needs of the spouse receiving support have changed, or if the spouse receiving support has obtained a higher paying job or has received a hefty sum in inheritance, then you can petition the court for a modification which will decrease the amount you will be required to pay in spousal support.
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FAIRFAX CONTESTED DIVORCE LAWYER
When a married couple decides to end their marriage, they will have to make some tough decisions regarding children, property, and their futures. Because Virginia limits the number of acceptable grounds upon which a petition for divorce can be based, the parties will likely be required to agree on the grounds for divorce as well. However, when the parties cannot reach an agreement about certain decisions that need to be made upon the dissolution of the marriage, this is what is known as a “contested divorce.”
How We Handle the Complications
To be sure, a contested divorce is always complicated – particularly when the points of contention involve property distribution and child custody. When heated disagreements about these issues arise, it can become extremely stressful, but that is why it is so important to hire a Fairfax divorce lawyer who is capable of providing you with highly skilled and aggressive representation. The truth is that, at the end of the day, receiving helpful and specific legal advice for your individualized needs and circumstances is the most essential element in obtaining the best possible outcome.
At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, our only goal is to ensure that you obtain the best possible outcome. We work with our clients through each and every step of the divorce process and provide the client with a variety of options along the way. The importance of our meticulous, yet aggressive approach during this process cannot be understated, because during this time of uncertainty and vulnerability, a strong, confident, and aggressive attorney becomes a crucial factor in making sure that you obtain what is fair and equitable once the divorce is finalized.
Ready to Litigate
As a Fairfax divorce lawyer, I always seek to help my clients avoid the financial and emotional costs of litigation through mediation. However, avoiding litigation is not always possible.
When the parties cannot or will not agree on issues, we aggressively fight for our client’s rights and interests. Ramping up our aggressive approach is especially important during a contested divorce because your financial future is directly tied to the property distribution agreement you reach with your ex-spouse. But that is why hiring an aggressive and highly skilled Fairfax divorce lawyer is perhaps the most important first step you can take.
When you come to our firm, you will find a Fairfax divorce lawyer who will compassionately and attentively take your circumstances into consideration and uncover the nuanced arguments which will be most beneficial to your interests. At the end of the day, our primary focus is to make sure that you get the most out of your divorce so that your personal and professional interests are protected once the divorced has been finalized.
Steps Before Seeking A Divorce
If you are contemplating a divorce, or if you have been served with divorce papers, the first thing you need to do is clear your head and begin to take stock of your financial needs and desires. In order to implement an effective exit strategy, you must consider and carry out the following preparatory plan:
First, find and make copies of important documents which relate to the assets and debts of the marriage. This first step is extremely important because it helps illuminate precisely what financial resources are available while also giving your Fairfax divorce lawyer a better idea about what future property disputes will be most contentious. This first step is also very important because it serves as a litmus test as to whether there are financial secrets where your spouse may be hiding or misrepresenting the true amount of marital assets or debts.
Second, hire a Fairfax divorce lawyer who stresses the utility of avoiding protracted litigation, but who also has the experience and savvy to provide you with an exit strategy by helping you navigate the dark and treacherous waters of divorce litigation. The invaluable advice and assistance your Fairfax divorce lawyer will provide along the way includes:
- Establishing a financial accounting of the marital debts and assets;
- Determining what your needs and desires are and how to make sure that what you receive will be more than enough to provide for you and your children;
- Discussing and advising you on the important, but sometimes overlooked logistics during divorce proceedings such as where you should live and how to speak openly about the divorce with your children, friends, and family;
- Negotiating with your spouse and/or their attorney to ensure that your needs, and the needs of your children are met;
- Advocating on your behalf in an aggressive, yet fair and cordial manner – whether it be in mediation or, if necessary, in court;
- Providing advice and direction as you prepare for your new life;
- Setting up a trust or other financial device which will ensure that the money you receive will last for a very long time.
An Attorney You Can Afford
During the pendency of divorce proceedings, couples often disagree on matters such as child custody or property division, and reaching an amicable resolution on these issues is not always so straightforward. This is particularly true when considering that a divorce can have consequences on each party’s life for many years after the divorce has been finalized. That being said, if your divorce has been finalized, but the terms are not to your liking, your Fairfax divorce lawyer can assist you with obtaining a divorce modification, but these modifications don’t apply to every aspect of the divorce, nor are they always easy to obtain. But this is precisely why hiring a knowledgeable and aggressive Fairfax divorce lawyer from the outset is the best first step you can take to ensure that you don’t wind up getting railroaded.
If you are struggling through marriage dissolution, or you cannot agree on the parting terms and conditions of your finances or your children’s well-being, then call us today to speak with an aggressive, affordable and highly skilled Fairfax divorce lawyer. We are here to protect you and your family.
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EXCEPTIONAL LEGAL WRITING
The pen is mightier than the sword, and in the law, good writing wins cases. However, the importance of legal writing is often overlooked because it is not a subject that is covered in movies and television shows. The reality is that legal writing is the most important aspect of the law because it is the tool which allows a lawyer to move the court into their corner. At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, we have a reputation for exceptional writing and take great pride in our ability to use the written word to our clients' advantage.
When you hire us to represent you, we immediately launch into a highly aggressive attack of the opposition’s version of the facts. To be sure, aggressive does not equate to unprofessional or rude. Instead, our aggressive, yet professional approach allows us to politely let the opposing side know that, when when we are on the case, they better damn well not expect the process to be a walk in the park.
A lot of times, lawyers create more problems than they solve. At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, we are unlike any other legal representation out there, and our ability to solve problems outside the courtroom is only rivaled by our ability to solve problems inside the courtroom.
In many situations, we offer free consultations. Contact our office to speak with a Fairfax family lawyer and find out how we can help solve your problems.
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