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Divorce Attorney

Hiring a Divorce Attorney

When you’re considering divorce in the State of Virginia or Kentucky, you will need an experienced divorce lawyer by your side. Greg Baker, Attorneys at Law, PLLC have years of experience representing those facing this life change. They have the skills and resources necessary to thoroughly represent you through this challenging time to come to a result that successfully meets your expectations of managing this type of case. Our job is to protect your legal rights along the way and speak on your behalf to get you the most favorable outcome.

Divorce Laws in Virginia

In Virginia, there are two different types of recognized divorce. The first is a divorce from bed and board, which is given when a husband and wife are legally separated but aren’t permitted to remarry. They may ask the court to merge this decree into a divorce after at least one year from the date of separation. The second type is a divorce from the bonds of matrimony.

The grounds for this divorce is that the couple have been living separate and apart for one year or six months when the following conditions apply, such as there are no children if adultery, sodomy or battery that has occurred, or if a felony conviction occurred, or if desertion/abandonment for a year occurred, or cruelty/apprehension of bodily harm after one year of the date of the acts occurred. The court can grant a spouse the ability to change their last name to their former or maiden name if they desire during divorce proceedings as well.

About Spousal Support

Spousal support can be awarded during divorce, whether to be applied temporarily or permanently. The court is required to consider both the need and the ability to pay off each of the spouses. A divorce attorney can negotiate this amount so that the spouse gets a fair living wage to live on while adjusting to their new life.


Yes, under certain circumstances, an annulment can be given. An annulment is a court decision that marriage wasn’t legal from the start. This can include situations where the following scenarios may have occurred, such as someone is still married to someone, the two people are close relatives, one person is under the statutory age, mental defect or insanity, duress, felony conviction unknown to the other partner before marriage, pregnant with someone else’s child or a father had a child born to someone else within ten months from the date of the marriage.

Filing for Divorce

One of the parties of the marriage must have lived in Virginia for six months or more before filing a complaint about divorce in that state. A divorce attorney can assure that you have the proper residence requirements before filing this in court. This is a critical requirement and needs to be managed correctly; this is not the time to leave the paperwork to chance. A legal consultation with an experienced attorney will handle this aspect of the case for you correctly at all stages of the divorce proceeding.

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Greg Baker, Attorneys at Law, PLLC has years of experience helping those going through divorce situations. We offer free legal consultations to those needing legal representation during this rough time. To schedule a legal consultation, call the law office today in Clintwood, VA office at 276-926-7115; Wise, VA office at 276-321-8300, Whitesburg, KY office at 606-403-1222, or our Pikeville office at 606-766-2200. We serve all of Dickenson, Wise Counties along with other counties in Southwest Virginia, including Letcher County, Pike Counties and surrounding communities in South Eastern Kentucky.

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