Can I get a divorce after a 6 month separation?

  I get it. If you’ve decided that your marriage is over and you’re ready to get a divorce, you want everything to be over as quickly as possible. Technically, in Virginia, you have to be separated for a year to get a divorce. There are just a couple of exceptions, but you have to…

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Lump Sum Spousal Support in Virginia

  Though spousal support typically takes a predictable shape, in the form of monthly payments over a certain period of time, it doesn’t have to be so. It’s probably true that, if you litigate your case in front of a judge in the Virginia circuit court, it will take that predictable form, assuming you’re awarded…

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Should I go to a VA divorce seminar?

  It’s always hard to learn something new. And, though I’ve now been in practice for more than ten years, I remember what it was like to learn all about divorce and custody law in Virginia. It was – in a word – overwhelming, and that’s even when I didn’t have my own personal case…

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Will my VA divorce leave me homeless?

Getting a divorce is always a pretty scary thought, no matter who you are. Since all of the assets and liabilities from the marriage have to be divided, and because it’s very uncommon for divorced couples to continue to live together, it’s generally accepted as pretty common knowledge that both parties’ income levels will take…

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What can a judge do at a pendente lite hearing?

  We’ve talked many times about the difference between fault and no fault divorce, and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. In many cases, one of the biggest advantages – and one of the primary reasons for filing on fault – is to get into court early to have a pendente lite hearing. Pendente…

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What is Parenting Time?

Navigating parenting when you’re breaking up, separating, or divorcing is no easy feat. I think a big part of what makes it such a struggle for moms, particularly, is because dads suddenly have opinions about things that otherwise they would have let the mom decide. Things that mom had full control over before, when the…

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2021 Kristen D. Hofheimer Memorial Scholarship Winners

    We concluded our scholarship competition for 2021, and have selected to very worthy winners. It was a great experience for us, hearing so many inspiring stories about strength, survival, and hope for the future. After all, that’s the point. So much of what we do here on a day to day basis is…

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What questions should I be asking about my Virginia divorce?

Divorce is a challenge for everyone, but less so for women who have taken the time to gather the information and set priorities. All too often, women (people in general, mind you, but women are our particular concern here so I focus my narrative on them, or, perhaps, I should say us) make decisions, especially…

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I’m ready for a divorce. Where do I start?

The decision to get a divorce isn’t one that any woman I’ve ever met has taken lightly. If it’s over – and you know it’s over – and it’s time to start gathering information about that next step, you’re in the right place. I know it can’t be easy to think about, even if you…

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Should I file my VA divorce on fault or no fault?

  It’s not difficult to have fault based grounds for divorce. In many cases, as the marriage has broken down, one or both of the parties have committed adultery, been cruel or caused an apprehension of bodily hurt, or deserted or abandoned their spouse. Still, I often feel like the general impression that women have…

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