How is inheritance divided in Virginia divorce?

Divorce is … complicated, especially emotionally. I probably don’t need to tell you that, because here you are, but still. I feel like it’s unreasonable and unrealistic to have this conversation without admitting that fact. So, there it is. In divorce, there are issues that are easy – meaning that the law is clear on…

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Have you entered the Kristen D. Hofheimer Memorial Scholarship Competition?

It’s no secret that educating and empowering women is our schtick, and that it’s super important to us. At this point, we’ve spent over THIRTY years (well, not ME, personally) offering our popular women’s-only Virginia divorce seminar. We’ve spent over TWENTY years offering our popular title, “What Every Virginia Woman Needs to Know About Divorce”,…

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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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Why do you hate dads so much? Dads are important, too!

  I recently watched a TED talk from a woman who – like me – is a divorce attorney. Unlike me, though, she has built her career on representing dads in divorce and custody cases. Her talk was entirely about the importance of a dad in a kid’s life, and, essentially, all the terrible things…

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The Pros and Cons of Divorce and Custody Mediation

The appeal of doing mediation is, I think, pretty clear. Rather than having a traditional, more adversarial divorce, you and your soon to be ex can share a mediator. You can sit down and work through your issues together, rather than hurling abuse at each other across a courtroom. I spend a lot of time…

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How to Start the Virginia Divorce Process

  It’s not an easy thing, starting to gather information about the divorce process. It’s not easy for anyone, so if you’re feeling like it’s gut wrenching, you’re not alone. I met so many women who are going through or have recently gone through a divorce that I can tell you – the emotions involved…

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2021 Kristen D. Hofheimer Memorial Scholarship Competition

For the third year in a row, we are accepting applications for the 2021 Kristen D. Hofheimer Memorial Scholarship Competition. It was named in honor of Kristen D. Hofheimer, our former managing partner and owner, who died in 2019 after a long struggle with breast cancer. Kristen was a lot of things to a lot…

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How to Get a Continuance in Virginia Family Law Cases

If you have a court date coming up and you’re hoping to get a continuance, you’re not alone. Court dates are complicated; the clerk’s office won’t call and make sure you don’t have any scheduling conflicts before setting a date. They don’t care whether you will have had enough pay periods between now and then…

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What is a divorce decree?

  As you educate yourself about the divorce process and what’s involved, you’ve probably come up close and personal to words – or, at least, combinations of words – that you’ve never seen together before. And though you understand the words themselves, knowing exactly what they mean or what their function is as it relates…

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How much is a divorce?

  How much is a divorce? It’s a hard question to answer, because no two divorces are exactly the same. The total overall costs of a case has a lot to do with the specific facts involved in each case, which can vary dramatically from one to the next. Is that a cop out of…

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