Divorce Lawyer in Charleston, WV

Going through a divorce can be a very difficult time in anyone’s life, whether or not they are able to reach an agreement with their spouse about all of the relevant issues. Even if you and your spouse have decided to work together through a divorce, there will still be many complicated, tense legal issues that you will need to work through to reach an agreement.  Without the help of an experienced attorney, this process can be overwhelming.


The team at the Law Office of Scott E. Elswick is more than happy to schedule an initial consultation with you so that you can speak directly and candidly to an experienced legal professional about your situation. We understand that this can be a confusing time in your life, which is why we take the time to understand our clients’ needs and unique situations before we start to build a case for them.


Read more below about some general information regarding divorces in West Virginia, and contact us now to discuss the specifics of your own situation. There are many different details and variables that we will need to understand in order to give you a better idea of what to expect throughout the duration of this process. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to begin our work together in a way that is productive, helpful, and maximizes your chances of a positive or favorable outcome.

Filing For Divorce in Charleston, West Virginia

The first steps towards filing for a divorce in West Virginia involve gathering all of the necessary documentation, completing all of the relevant paperwork, and submitting it to the Family Court. Depending on your family situation, you will need to complete paperwork about your finances, children and dependants, as well as the petition for divorce. 


Once you have filed the paperwork, you will need to wait for your spouse to be served their copy of the divorce papers. Once served, you will need to prepare for your initial court date. During this time, you can decide whether it’s best to agree or ask the Court for resolution.

Steps For Divorce

In order to finalize a divorce, you will need to address issues such as the division of debts and assets, property division, spousal support payments (alimony), child custody, and child support payments. You have an opportunity to work directly with your spouse through mediation. In mediation, you and your spouse will work with a neutral third party to get through each of these subjects. 


If you are unable to reach an agreement, your next option may be to leave these issues up to the courts to decide. Many people do not like this option, as it takes the power away from them and allows a judge to decide what happens in their personal lives. 


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Our work in the West Virginia family courts will be a tremendous asset to you as you try to make sense of this next chapter of your life. We will be able to help you navigate this process with as little stress as possible, and help you understand each of the steps you will need to take in order to successfully complete your divorce. We understand that this is a complicated time for you, and will do all that we can to help you towards a positive outcome as our client.

723 Kanawha Blvd, East; Ste 1200
Charleston, WV 25301
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