Separation Agreement Attorney in Virginia

“No, I don’t want a separation agreement – I just want the divorce,” is something that I hear all the time. Like, ALL the time. No, no, I say, you don’t understand. The thing is, and I’ve said it probably a million times already, in Virginia you either have to sign an agreement, or you…

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I don’t have access to any money. How do I move my VA divorce forward?

  There’s never an easy answer to the “I don’t have money for my divorce” question. I’m a lawyer; I’m not really in the business of making money appear where there isn’t any. In family law, there are a lot of different kinds of cases, though, and, in most of them, there is some money….

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Holiday Parenting Time Struggles

If it’s your first year dealing with a new coparenting arrangement through the holiday season, you’re not alone. Each year we hear the same things, over and over again, from the moms who are having to experience navigating a new normal at the so-called ‘most wonderful time’ of the year. In a lot of ways,…

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The Two Types of Provisions in VA Separation Agreements

Separation agreements are one way to resolve a divorce in Virginia; the only other alternative is to go to court and litigate in front of a judge. Ultimately, in the vast majority of cases, the parties themselves decide that they’d rather be responsible for dividing the assets and liabilities of their marriage between the two…

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Are my medical records relevant in my divorce and/or custody case?

We all have medical histories. But, for some of us, the information contained in our medical records may be more damaging than what’s in others. I’ve always felt it was a little silly when they had me sign HIPPAA disclosures so that they could talk to my husband, my mother, or other family members about…

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Imputation of Income in Virginia Child Support Cases

Support – both child and spousal – is often a big issue in a lot of Virginia divorce and custody cases. Mostly because ex-husbands don’t want to pay it, and ex-wives are in desperate need of it. Usually, imputation of income is a bigger issue in a spousal support case, so I’ve written a fair…

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What needs to be divided in a Virginia divorce?

In a divorce, EVERYTHING needs to be divided before the judge can sign off on it. But what’s everything? What needs to be divided in a divorce? Ultimately, the parties either negotiate the terms of their divorce in a separation agreement, or the judge issues an order and divides everything in court. Most cases resolve…

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Why won’t Legal Aid take my divorce or custody case?

First and foremost, let me say this loudly and clearly: I am not a representative of Legal Aid, have never worked with Legal Aid, and can’t speak for Legal Aid as an organization. That being said, when it comes to Virginia divorce and custody cases, there are often a lot of things going on behind…

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Help! He won’t negotiate at all but I want a divorce!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: in Virginia, you can either get divorced by negotiating and signing a separation agreement, or by going to court and litigating in front of a judge. In either case, all of the marital assets, liabilities, and responsibilities will be divided, but in one scenario…

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I got a new job – can I move with the kids without a custody order?

In any given divorce and custody case, there are a million issues that can come up. Relocation is often a big one. I hear all sorts of reasons, but it usually comes down to being far from home and without a whole lot of support. Though a lot of people get married and raise children…

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