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Reunification and Child Custody in Virginia

It happens more often than you might think that a parent goes missing for a period of time – often, a couple of years or more. When they resurface, though, and want to spend time with their child, a lot of things can happen. For the mom, who has been there day and in day…

Dignity in Divorce

There’s a lot of dignity in divorce. Or, at least, there can be. It probably goes without saying that I think about divorce a lot. I think about it at work, of course, and in all the ways that I deal with my clients. I think about it a fair bit in my own personal…

I’m afraid my husband will fight for custody. Should I just stay?

  Fear is a big reason that it takes a lot of women a long time to work up the courage to even begin to gather information about divorce. I constantly hear how scary it is to even start to learn about the process, because it’s the first step towards acknowledging that a divorce –…

Does anyone offer a free consultation for divorce in Virginia Beach?

  Everyone wants a free consultation – or, at least, they think they do. My experience, though, is that, in general, you get what you pay for. Family law attorneys, at least the reputable ones I know of in Hampton Roads, don’t generally offer free consultations. Why? For a lot of reasons, but, first and…

Exclusive Possession of the Home in Virginia

  Having exclusive possession of the home – the marital residence – is a big deal for a lot of women facing divorce and custody cases. Many couples ultimately decide to live separate under the same roof for their period of legal separation up until their divorce, but, for others, that may seem like a…

Can I get a Virginia divorce for less than $1,000?

One of the first questions we normally get in a divorce case is, “how much will it cost?” While it’s generally impossible to provide a ballpark estimate that satisfies a potential client, there are some generalizations we can make. On a phone call the other day, we were asked whether a divorce would cost more…

How much does it cost to retain a Virginia family law attorney?

  Money is often at the top of the list of questions that most women have when it comes to hiring a family law attorney. It’s also one of the hardest questions to answer, even as a divorce attorney with over a decade of experience representing women exclusively in Virginia. The truth is, it depends….

Can I relocate out of state with my child?

  In family law, there are things that are pretty well established in black and white. And there are lots of other areas that offer various shades of gray. Most areas, in fact, are gray and are ultimately heavily dependent on the specific facts involved. It’s what makes answering just a ‘simple’ legal question so…

What is coparenting?

  On Wednesday, we talked about ‘parenting time’ and what that means in a custody and visitation case in Virginia. Essentially, what it all boils down to is finding more correct – and less alienating – ways to describe the way families parent their children. Though some of the more negative language is still in…

What is parenting time?

When it comes to understanding family law, a lot comes down to understanding the specific vocabulary that we – attorneys, judges, Guardians ad litem, custody evaluators, and others – use to describe them. Some of that is actual legal language. The worst of it is literally in Latin – yes, Latin! – but there’s plenty…