What am I entitled to legally?
1 attorney answer
Virginia is an equitable distribution state - this means that it recognizes marriage as partnership and provides a means to equitably divide the wealth accumulated during marriage. Everything bought during the marriage or earned during the marriage is considered marital property, and therefore is subject to equitable distribution.
Section 20-107.3 lays out the factors that courts consider in the equitable distribution of property. A few of the relevant factors (based on what you have stated) include "contributions, monetary and nonmonetary, of each party in the acquisition and care and maintenance of such marital property of the parties"; "circumstances and factors which contributed to the dissolution of the marriage"; and "contributions, monetary and nonmonetary, of each party to the well-being of the family."
Therefore, there is not a black and white answer as to what you are entitled to. Please seek and retain an attorney to help you through this process, and to make such arguments on your behalf.
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