J.B Thomas and Associates Attorneys

1425 Belmont Drive, Bedford, VA 24523

Divorce - Contested & Uncontested

Legal representation for individuals going through a divorce in Roanoke and Bedford, Virginia.

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part. ~ George Bernard Shaw, 1963

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If you are interested in discussing your divorce case with an attorney, please fill out and submit a Divorce Information Form.

You will be contacted within 24 business hours.

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There are many complex reasons for married couples to seek a divorce - defined as a legal separation of husband and wife by decree of the court.  Generally, it is a very stressful and emotional time that can cause long-term effects on the individuals and children involved.

While there is no "stress-free" divorce, J.B. Thomas and Associates possess considerable experience to assist you through this tumultuous time.  This law practice will extend every effort to resolve a divorce's complex issues towards you and/or your family's best interest.

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

A contested divorce occurs when spouses do not agree on one or more divorce related issues. In these cases, a judge typically choose a resolution for each issue in a trial or court hearing, resulting in each party hiring an attorney. Typical areas of disagreement are alimony payments, debt assignment, property division, and child custody.

An uncontested divorce takes place when the spouses can agree on every issue of the divorce. Even when amicable, spouses should each retain an attorney to be their consultant for answering legal questions and drafting agreements involved in the divorce proceedings.

Military Divorce

Military divorce proceedings present a different, and sometimes more difficult, set of circumstances because special laws apply for certain aspects of military divorce and separation procedures.

J.B. Thomas & Associates have the experience and knowledge to guide you through each aspect of a military divorce including the residency requirements for filing, division of pensions, legal protections for the military member and court orders affecting child support. The firm follows current rules and federal laws regarding the Service Members Civil Relief Act, court jurisdictions, and filing requirements to ensure you and your rights are protected.

Facts About Divorce

  • In the 1920's, there was only 1 divorce granted for every 7 marriages; more recently, there has been 1 divorce granted for every 2 marriages.
  • More than 75% of Americans accept divorce as a solution when a couple can't get along, even if they have children.

Reasons for divorce by the spouses in order of importance:

  • Women say -
    • Incompatibility and unhappiness
    • Husband's alcohol, physical and verbal abuse
    • Husband's infidelity
    • Disagreements about religion and children
    • Their own alcohol abuse
    • Their own infidelity
    • Their need for independence

  • Men say -
    • Drug abuse and/or mental illness
    • Multiple differences (religion, communication, in-laws)
    • His alcohol and physical abuse
    • Wife's independence and infidelity
    • Incompatibility and unhappiness
    • Wife's alcohol abuse
    • His infidelity

    Men also cite "sexual problems" three times more often than women and women cite an "affair" twice as often as men.

  • Divorce worldwide occurs most common in the fourth year of marriage or between ages 25 and 29.

  • More than one million people every year get a divorce.

  • 40% of men and 50% of women getting a divorce are less than 30. Between 10% and 15% of people aged 35 to 55 are currently divorced at least one time.

  • About 20% of marriages last less than 5 years, 33% last less than 10 years, and 40% last less than 15 years.

  • Recent estimates for the U.S. are that 65% to 70% of all new marriages will fail.

  • Children of divorced parents are more divorce-prone.

  • 80% of divorced people will get remarried, usually 3 or 4 years after their divorce.
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