Same-Sex Couples

Divorce attorney meeting with clientsSame-sex couples are now free to marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and same-sex marriages performed in other states are now recognized in the Commonwealth. This means that same-sex couples are now also free to divorce in the Commonwealth, provided they meet the jurisdictional requirements. This is a big, long-awaited step forward, however, some laws pertaining to divorce in the Commonwealth have yet to catch up, and if they are applied in the typical manner, the circumstances of divorcing same-sex parties may not be given the proper consideration. The attorneys at ReeseLaw can explore with you those areas of your case that may require more than what one may garner with a glance.

Mediation and Collaborative Practice continue to be superior processes in which to address the issues facing marrying, separating, and divorcing parties, same-sex or otherwise. Allow the attorneys at ReeseLaw to talk with you about pursuing your Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, and Separation and Settlement Agreements through Mediation or Collaborative Practice before resorting to other methods.


For more information, schedule a consultation or call 703.279.5140.



Why do I need a lawyer if my spouse and I agree to settle issues amicably?

Even couples who agree to divorce amicably often need help resolving difficult financial and child custody issues. In collaborative divorce, each party is guided to an informed agreement by professionals experienced in the process. Having an advocate for the fair settlement of all issues can lead to a more satisfactory settlement to both parties and less emotional strife.

How is collaborative divorce different from mediation?

The mediator is a neutral while in a collaborative divorce each party as his/her own counsel whose role is to represent only his or her client. The collaboratively trained attorney provides legal advice to the parties, where the mediator cannot.

Is this process for anyone who wants an uncontested divorce?

Generally, yes. However, the collaborative attorney will assess with his or her client as to the appropriateness of the process.

What happens if an agreement is not reached in the collaborative process?

If the parties terminate the process, they can choose another method of resolution. However, the collaborative attorneys cannot represent the client in a contested litigation.

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