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Law Office of James T. Cooper
108 Hills Plaza
Charleston, WV 25312-2438
Telephone: (304) 344-3542
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Charleston, West Virginia Divorce Attorney

Get Your Divorce on the Right Track

If you are considering divorce or have already set the wheels in motion, you have a number of legal issues to consider — from how property rights will be divided to how to share parental rights (if children are involved). At the Law Office of James T. Cooper , we are here to help you understand the law, figure out your goals and then work toward those goals, whether that involves negotiating with your spouse or taking the issues to court.

Contact us for an experienced family lawyer in Charleston, West Virginia, to handle the following issues or any of the other legal considerations that come up during divorce:

  • Property settlement : In West Virginia, the basic rule for division of assets and debts in divorce is called "equitable distribution." Rather than simply a fifty-fifty automatic split, equitable distribution focuses on fair division of property. That means the starting assumption is that everything will be divided equally, but that can be altered if it would not be fair to both parties. We will help you get an accurate valuation of the marital property and advocate for a fair outcome. This order is almost never subject to later modification, so it is very important that it be done accurately the first time.
  • Child support and child custody : West Virginia uses a formula to calculate the child support obligations of noncustodial parents, based on the income of both parents. If your or your spouse's income is difficult to determine, we will help you collect evidence for a fair outcome. We will also help you if need to argue for a deviation from the basic formula. We also handle other important parenting issues , such as the difficult issues involving child custody or visitation determination to concerns that arise in the future, such as modification or enforcement of an existing court order or agreement.
  • Alimony/spousal support : Spousal support, also known as alimony, is sometimes granted both while a divorce is pending and for some time after it is final if one spouse has been out of the job market for a while and is dependent on the other's income. We can help you argue for or against spousal support based on the circumstances in your marriage.
  • Domestic violence : While filing a petition for divorce, some people will also file a domestic violence petition in order to get the other spouse away from the home and children right away. If you are divorcing a spouse who is committing or threatening violence toward you, or if you have been accused of abuse during a divorce proceeding, we can represent you.

Divorce is a difficult experience for most people. Our job is to make the legal aspect accessible so you can resolve all the issues in a way that is fair and works for you. Contact us for a divorce attorney who will work with you to get your divorce on the right track.

At the Law Office of James T. Cooper, we represent clients in Charleston, West Virginia, and throughout the region, including the communities of South Charleston, Madison, Logan, Danville, Teays Valley, Scott Depot, Hurricane, Dunbar, Winfield, Nitro, St. Albans, Huntington, Milton, Ripley, Williamson, Elkview, Clendenin, Parkersburg, Clay, Buffalo, Sutton, Flatwoods and Beckley; and other locations in Kanawha County, Putnam County, Cabell County, Boone County, Logan County, Mingo County, Fayette County, Raleigh County, Summers County, Braxton County, Wood County and Jackson County.

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