Norfolk Attorneys Guide Clients Through Uncontested Divorce

Experienced Virginia lawyers help ease the stress of ending your marriage in the Hampton Roads area

We chose to locate one of our law offices in Norfolk, Virginia, where the historic Elizabeth River flows into Chesapeake Bay, for good reason. As an independent city, it has its own trial-level courts. With about 245,000 inhabitants, Norfolk is the second most populous city in the Commonwealth, exceeded only by nearby Virginia Beach. As the hub of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, it is conveniently placed for the 1.7 million people who live in the region, many of whom are military families stationed at the largest naval base in the world. When area families face legal challenges, we are ready to help. At Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law, we provide a full range of family law services to Hampton Roads residents, including the option of an uncontested divorce.

The advantages of an uncontested divorce in Norfolk

Norfolk is also a prime location for divorces in Virginia, because its judges are known for their relatively favorable consideration of divorce petitions. In fact, the city handles 10 percent of all divorces in the commonwealth despite having only three percent of Virginia’s population. You can make your divorce even easier if you do not contest it. Because you and your spouse settle rather than fight over divorce issues in an uncontested divorce, there is no need for a trial, so the process is quicker, less stressful and less expensive.

Why you need an attorney in an uncontested divorce

While uncontested divorce is an easier method for ending your marriage, it is still important to hire a lawyer to guide you through the process and help you reach agreement on the relevant issues such as:

  • Property division, which involves determining what constitutes marital property and what constitutes separate property
  • Alimony
  • Child custody and visitation schedules and arrangements
  • Child support

Consulting with your own attorney ensures that your interests are protected while these issues are resolved. A lawyer can also make sure that you meet the qualifications for filing in Norfolk. First, at least one spouse must reside in Virginia for at least six months and at least one of you must have resided in Norfolk itself. You must have a legally recognized ground for divorce. You can divorce on a no-fault ground if you have been living separate and apart for a period of time: one year if you have children and six months with a separation agreement and no children. There are also several fault grounds without time requirements. Your attorney can advise you on grounds and help you complete and file the paperwork correctly.

Uncontested divorces for members of the military

An uncontested divorce may be particularly useful for military families, because it allows soldiers and sailors to waive the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which limits the ability to sue members of the U.S. Armed Services. However, military divorces involve specialized rules that do not exist for civilian divorces, such as where to file, child custody and support determinations, the division of military pensions and post-divorce healthcare. That’s why it’s essential to hire an attorney with a deep understanding of those rules. Fortunately, at Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law, we have the experience and knowledge to offer sound counsel to service members and their spouses when they seek to end their marriages.

Knowledgeable Norfolk attorneys assist with your uncontested divorce

At Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law, we know how to protect your best interests in an uncontested or contested divorce. To schedule a free initial consultation today in our Norfolk, Virginia office, contact us online.

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"In every case Mr. Harding takes, he strives to provide his clients with the highest level of legal service. If you choose Darrell M. Harding Attorney At Law, PLC to represent you, you can expect to receive experienced legal guidance and be treated with the utmost courtesy and respect at all times."

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  • Virginia Beach Office


    5366 Virginia Beach Boulevard, AAA Building.
    Suite 301
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

  • Chesapeake Office


    2010 Old Greenbrier Road
    Suite L
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23320



  • Norfolk Office


    1500 E Little Creek Road
    Suite 309
    Norfolk, Virginia 23518



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  • 5.0/5.0

    I would like to thank you guys again for the amazing work, time and effort that was displayed in my behalf in my time of need. Excellent communication skills, and knowing exactly what I needed!! I will definitely recommend this team to anyo...
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    — Glenda Williams

  • 5.0/5.0

    Thomas Harding is a wonderful, down to earth lawyer. He helped smooth over my divorce. He was a pleasure to work with, and great with kids as well. Very family oriented. Very informative, and very helpful in answering any of my questions I ...
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    — Hope Dorsey

  • 5.0/5.0

    I have dealt with Thomas Harding and he has been my lawyer through my custody battle and with his knowledge and experience he has been able to provide me safety and also much more time with my daughter we are still going through our custody...
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    — Andrew Klouzal

  • 5.0/5.0

    Mr. Thomas Harding was very professional in his work! I was able to win all of my cases with him. He was very professional in the court room as well and knew what the judges choice would’ve been before the case even happened. I used this ma...
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    — Mykahla Flowers

  • 5.0/5.0

    Thomas is fantastic! Gets back to me quickly when I have questions, reasonably priced and gets the job done.

    — Kanyin Heffernan