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Virginia Beach & Tidewater Area Divorce Attorney

If you are getting a divorce in Virginia, do you have a plan? 

The end of a marriage is extremely emotional – as is the prospect of beginning a new chapter in life and letting go of old dreams. During your divorce, you have the demanding job of working through your feelings, repairing the damage, and coming out on the other side in one piece. At the same time, however, a divorce requires that you endure a complex, and sometimes frustrating legal process.

At the Law Office of Lori A. Michaud, we are here to help you through that legal process in the most efficient, fair, and thoughtful way possible. We understand that every aspect of your life may be chaotic at this time, and we are committed to helping you organize a plan, form a strategy for success, and make certain that you receive what you need and deserve when the divorce is finalized.

Located in Virginia Beach and serving the wider Tidewater area, our family law office believes in careful planning, deliberate action, and responsive communication. In a time in your life when very little seems ordered, controlled, or sensible, we are here to be your rock.

A Virginia divorce is more complicated than just splitting things down the middle.

When you married, you and your spouse united every aspect of your lives. Now that you have made the decision to separate, you must untangle that union. Especially for couples that have been married for many years or couples with children, this can be complicated and sometimes painful.

During your divorce, you will likely need to discuss the following topics:

  • What will happen to our marital home?
  • Should we try divorce mediation?
  • How will we divide our shared debts?
  • What will become of our retirement funds?
  • What will become of our child’s college fund?
  • How will we divide our smaller assets?
  • Who will have legal and physical custody of our children?
  • Will I have to make alimony payments?
  • What should I do if I am the victim of domestic abuse?
  • Will I have to share a family inheritance with my ex?
  • What will happen to my health insurance plan?
  • Will I need to give up custody if I am deployed?

Many of the answers to these questions depend heavily on the details of your marriage and your personal circumstances. At the Law Office of Lori A. Michaud, we take pride in providing unique divorce planning that is tailored to fit the needs of individuals.

Is your family stationed in Virginia? We handle Virginia military divorces.

If you or your spouse is serving in the military, it is important for you to understand that in addition to Virginia divorce laws, there are several federal divorce laws that apply only to active or retired service members. Choosing a Virginia family law attorney with experience with Virginia military divorces can ensure that you are treated fairly when it comes to retirement funds, military benefits, the division of property, and child custody.

With a law office in Virginia Beach, we assist military personnel with divorce and family law issues stationed at:

  • Fort Story
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Naval Air Station Oceana
  • Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek
  • Fort Monroe

We understand well the unique complications and concerns of military families faced with divorce – both from the standpoint of those who serve and the standpoint of their spouses.

The Law Office of Lori A. Michaud will help you form the strategy to achieve your divorce goals. 

It can be hard to see how everything will be okay and turn out fine when you are struggling with tough divorce issues like division of property, child visitation, alimony, and shared debt. We are here to answer your questions, listen to your concerns, and understand your story. We are also here to advocate for your rights and fight for what is yours.

Do you need to sit down at a table with an experienced divorce lawyer and map out a divorce strategy that speaks to your unique situation and needs? Call the Law Office of Lori A. Michaud today at 757-395-4017 and schedule a confidential, no-obligation meeting with a Virginia divorce attorney. We know divorce law, and we are on your side.


An outstanding job on my case to have custody, visitation and support decided in my home state instead of Virginia after I separated from military service.- A.E.