Low-cost divorce for no-fault, uncontested cases in Virginia
Total Cost: $286*
Thinking of filing for divorce?
If you are filing for divorce and your case might involve custody and support of children, spousal support, or division of property or debt, then you should hire some other experienced lawyer who handles contested cases.
But…what if you have been separated a year and want to file for an uncontested no-fault divorce in Virginia?
Instead of hiring an expensive lawyer or trying to file your divorce on your own, possibly making mistakes causing huge delays, consider hiring an experienced low-cost lawyer who specializes in divorces in which the spouses are not fighting over anything.
Why make it complicated and pay more if your case is totally uncontested?
How It Works
Virginia, like many states, permits a person to file for divorce upon fault grounds, such as adultery or desertion. Many people choose, however, to file for divorce upon no-fault grounds. In Virginia a person may seek a no-fault divorce after being separated from their spouse for a year. Whether the divorce is filed upon fault grounds or is based on a one-year separation, they sometimes involve disputes over custody, support, and property. These are called contested divorces. They can be very time consuming, legally complicated, and emotionally charged.
Uncontested divorces, on the other hand, are much less complicated. Uncontested divorces are cases in which the only issue before the court is the divorce itself. They involve no disputes over custody or support of children, alimony, or property division to be decided by the court.
The Harley Law Firm handles only uncontested no-fault divorce cases.
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Attorney fee of $200
Court costs of $86
*If your spouse will accept service of the court papers, your court costs will be only $86 and your attorney fee only $200. Your total cost would be $286. If your spouse will not voluntarily accept service your court costs will be higher (usually $12 to $25 higher).
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to go to court?
No; you will not have to appear in court. You submit the evidence to support your request for the divorce by signing an affidavit (a sworn statement).
Does my spouse have to go to court or do anything?
Your spouse will not have to go to court, but if they will agree to accept service of the divorce papers it makes your case a lot easier. To accept service they sign one form in front of a notary, then either you or they send it back to the Harley Law Firm.
Where is my divorce case filed?
In Virginia uncontested divorce cases can be filed in any circuit court in the state. The Harley Law Firm files almost all of its divorce cases in Smyth County, where Larry Harley had an office for 33 years, or in Washington County where he resides. Your divorce is just as “legal” regardless of which Virginia circuit court grants it.
How long does it take to get a divorce?
If your spouse will promptly accept service of the papers and you will promptly get your affidavits signed, your divorce can usually be completed in six to eight weeks…..maybe even quicker. The court documents are filed with the court electronically. The things that usually slow the process down are incomplete or inaccurate information given to the Law Firm, or a spouse who will not accept service of the court papers.
How can the Harley Law Firm do divorce cases for a fee this low?
There are two reasons our fees are so low; the firm handles only uncontested cases that take just a few hours of time to complete; and, the only employee of the firm is the attorney, Larry Harley. After a forty year career practicing law full-time, he now practices law part-time, usually working two days a week.
How can I best contact the Harley Law Firm?
The office is usually open on Tuesday and Thursdays. You can reach the office on those days by calling (276) 477-3105. But the best way to contact the firm is to email Larry Harley any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Larry Harley
Larry Harley has practiced law in Virginia since 1979 and now practices part-time with a focus on family law. He is admitted to practice in all levels of state court in Virginia, the United States Tax Court, and the Federal District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
- Emory & Henry College, B.A. in Philosophy, 1974
- University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1979
Highlights from Larry’s career include:
- Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame (2019);
- Virginia Business Legal Elite (2008);
- Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission (2013– 2018);
- Virginia State Bar Legal Aid Award (2011);
- Virginia Law Foundation Fellow;
- Executive Director of Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society (1993 to 2019)