Spousal Support: Marriages of 8-19 Years

When we’re thinking about spousal support, we’re thinking about three things. First, “Will I get spousal support at all?” Second, “How much spousal support might I receive?” Third, “How long can I receive spousal support?” In this article, we’ll discuss spousal support at length, including each of the three factors that relate to whether judges award spousal support (or, in the case of a divorce that’s negotiated, how attorneys negotiate support with each other), and how each of the three … [Read more...]

Spousal Support: Marriages of 1-7 Years

Spousal support is one of those areas of law where there is a lot of room for argument and interpretation. In many marriages, regardless of how long they lasted, no spousal support is awarded at all. Why? Well, spousal support was always intended to be need-based. In the olden days, spousal support (or alimony, as it used to be known) was awarded because wives weren’t able to support themselves financially outside of the home. If the parties wanted to divorce, the husband still had a financial … [Read more...]

Do I need to talk to an attorney?

When your marriage starts to go downhill, it’s normal to have questions.  What should I do?  Where will I go?  How will we take care of the kids and pay the bills?  Does divorce really cost as much as people say that it does?  What happens after divorce? What about the house, the retirement accounts, and the cars?  And, beyond that—what about starting over?  Finding a new place to live?  Starting over—alone? There are a lot of questions, and even fewer answers.  Sure, you can talk to your … [Read more...]

First steps towards Virginia divorce: don’t rush it!

If I had to give you one piece of advice when it comes to your divorce case, I would tell you to take your time to figure out your options, discover how divorce works, and plan your next steps before you take any steps. It may seem like such a little thing, but it really is best to make a plan before you make a move. All too often, I see women jump into their divorces without gathering any information. In a lot of cases, it works out fine all the same. But it’s just not the best move. After all, … [Read more...]

Do I need to talk to an attorney in my custody case?

When your relationship with your child’s father starts to go downhill, it’s normal to have questions. What should we do? Where will we go? How will we take care of the kids and pay the bills? How much will it cost to decide custody? Can he win custody? What happens after custody is decided? What if I want to move? What if he’s not really capable of being a father—but thinks that he is? What if, at the end of the day, he’s not able to make the kids his top priority? There are a lot of … [Read more...]

Directions to Virginia Beach Office

Directions to Virginia Beach - Take exit 22 for Birdneck Rd toward Oceanfront Alt Route - Turn left onto N Birdneck Rd - Drive to intersection of Laskin Rd and Birdneck Rd - Drive directly across Laskin Rd and take right on feeder road - Our office would be on the left at the last office building before the stop sign … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Hofheimer Family Law Firm

Welcome to the Hofheimer Family Law Firm Bring any documents that will help  explain your options: - pre-nuptial or separation agreements, - any documents given to you by your husband, - any papers you may have been served with, - any court orders that may exist.  If child or spousal support is important to you - bring your most recent pay stubs, - your husband's most recent pay stubs, - tax returns, or - any other relevant financial documents that you think are … [Read more...]