Reminder: July Girl’s Night Out in Norfolk

Just in case you haven’t already, make sure you RSVP online now to attend our July 8th Girl’s Night Out event at the Ocean View Fishing Pier (on the top deck!) from 6-8pm. I know, I know—it’s no secret that we’re a Virginia law firm representing women only in divorce and custody cases. Still, no divorce or custody case is required for you to come! In fact, we don’t talk about divorce or custody at all. We provide these events as a service to local area women, so that they have an opportunity to … [Read more...]

Rights to Child Custody: A Non Parent’s Guide

Just because you don’t have a blood relationship to a child doesn’t mean that you don’t feel compelled to stay involved in a child’s life once you’ve already begun. You can have a relationship with a child for about a million different reasons, aside from any kind of familial ties you might have and, when the situation changes and you no longer have contact with a child for whom you’ve begun to care deeply, it’s difficult to adjust. You might start to wonder whether it’s possible to file for … [Read more...]

Grandparents Rights to Custody: A Guide for Mom

If you’re a mom and someone else, like your parents or your child’s father’s parents, are petitioning the court to get custody or visitation from you, you’re probably scared and upset. After all, don’t you have a right to make decisions about who your children should and shouldn’t be around? Aren’t you right to consider the personalities of the different people who might influence them in a way you don’t want them influenced? As a parent, don’t you have the right to raise your children as you … [Read more...]

Grandparents Rights to Custody: A Guide for Grandma

If you’re a grandparent and you’re seeking custody or visitation rights for your grandchild(ren), you’re not alone. Even though in many parents the grandparents work alongside the parents, providing extra help in the home, acting as stand-in nanny, and shuttling the kids to and from school, daycare, and their various activities, it’s not always that way. For many reasons (good, bad, and otherwise), the child’s parents may not wish for you to have further involvement. We hear complaints from … [Read more...]

Drafting Your Own Separation Agreement

These days, more and more people are committed to drafting their own separation agreements, or, really, doing pretty much whatever it takes to get divorced without hiring an attorney. As far as I know, there’s really nothing out there that can help you take on a litigated divorce (that is, a divorce where you have a trial and let the judge decide how everything will be divided) on your own, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you if you’re interested in drafting your own … [Read more...]

How does a separation agreement work? Does it mean I’m “settling?”

Let’s talk about separation agreements. Let’s talk about what they mean, how they work, and the types of things that are included in them. I find that, when I talk to women who come into our office, they are really misinformed about what a separation agreement is—which is always surprising to me, because, on the other hand, they know quite a lot about the court process. Considering how many people get divorced through separation agreements (almost all) and how many people litigate their divorces … [Read more...]

Girl’s Night Out: July 8th at the Ocean View Fishing Pier

Join us from 6-8pm on Wednesday, July 8th for Girl’s Night Out on the top deck at the Ocean View Fishing Pier in Norfolk! If you haven’t been to a Girl’s Night Out event before, you’re really missing out! Every six weeks or so, we sent out invitations to our network of women—including current and former clients, prospective clients, friends, and family. It’s just part of an ongoing effort to encourage us all to get out of the house and make some friends! All too often, we hear our current, … [Read more...]