Working with a GAL

Guardians ad litem – attorneys appointed to represent the interests of the child(ren) involved in your family law case – are scary. They’re necessary, too, because in a lot of cases, they’re really the only ones with the ability to look at both sides and make a recommendation to the judge. But…they make a recommendation…

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Beware the Guardian ad Litem

If a Guardian ad litem has been appointed in your custody case, things are definitely going to be a whole lot trickier. Whether you’re representing yourself or have an attorney representing you in your upcoming custody case, you’re going to have to be sure that you’re prepared to think critically, be strategic, and avoid some…

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Our Separation Legal Services

Practice Areas Should we separate? When you separate from your husband, you make a decision to end the marriage and stop living together as husband and wife. In Virginia, you have to be separated for a certain period of time before you can get divorced–one year, unless you (1) don’t have any minor children, and…

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Virginia Mother’s Beware–Guardian Ad Litem (part B)

As a Mother, when dealing with a Guardian Ad Litem in your child custody case: Don’t Exaggerate, Understate.–when explaining the difficulties you are encountering with the father of your child, narrow the focus and the conversation to the top 1 or 2 issues. Focus on the most critical issue and be organized about your concerns….

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Virginia Mother’s BEWARE of Guardian Ad Litem in Child Custody Cases

When custody of your children is in dispute, or sometimes, when visitation cannot be agreed to by the parents, courts will often appoint a Guardian Ad Litem to represent the “best interest” of your Children.. Don’t Assume The Guardian Ad Litem will Share Your View A Guardian ad Litem, often referred to as a GAL,…

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Working with a Virginia Guardian ad Litem

For moms facing a custody case, nothing strikes fear into their hearts quite like the possibility of working with a Guardian ad litem.  As a mom myself, I can understand the fear.  A lawyer (yes—a lawyer!) will have the opportunity to talk to you and your child’s father and even your child (without you present!)…

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How to Remove Your Guardian ad Litem

Everyone hates their Guardian ad litem.  Everyone.  And, at some point, almost everyone asks how they can have their Guardian ad litem removed. I hear all the time that they’re totally biased.  That the GAL is probably sleeping with the child’s father.  (True story, I’ve heard that!)  That they aren’t doing their job.  That they…

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I’m considering Virginia divorce – but we don’t want to hire lawyers

  Recently, someone very close to me consulted with me about their divorce. It’s always surprising when very, very close friends and family members divorce, and even more so when that means that they reach out to me in an attempt to make sense of it all. In the very best of times – where…

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Virginia divorce forms

Everyone wants to DIY their divorce – that is, until they realize exactly what’s involved! We get requests all the time for copies of the forms that are needed in order to finalize a divorce in Virginia. But the truth is, it’s really not that easy! And it’s not one size fits all. It’s not…

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My JAG Attorney Gave Me a Form Separation Agreement

It’s not the first time I’ve written about JAG attorneys, and it probably won’t be the last, especially given that these same issues keep popping up time and time again in my practice. I’ve said it before: JAG attorneys are usually not licensed in the state in which they are stationed. If you’re military (which…

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