Will I have to pay Virginia child support?

Child support is one of those areas of Virginia family law that is simultaneously easy and also complicated. I spend a lot of time trying to explain it, and exactly what goes into the calculation, because I think it’s important that women know what questions to ask. At the end of the day, whether or…

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Relocation: Coming Up with a Plan

We talked Wednesday about relocation, and specifically about how to answer one big question (that’s sure to come up in your relocation case): will you move no matter what the judge decides? It’s a tricky question, and definitely a double edged sword. There’s no right answer, only wrong ones! I wish I had a secret,…

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Relocation in Virginia: Are You Going to Move Anyway?

Relocation cases are often a double edged sword. You’re (excuse my language) damned if you do and damned if you don’t. No matter how you slice it, it’s hard to win a relocation. We’ve talked about these cases every which way from Sunday, it seems like to me, but there are always nuances or different…

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What happens in an ore tenus hearing for Virginia uncontested divorce?

These days, more often than not, an uncontested divorce is handled by affidavit. In certain circumstances, though, a special uncontested divorce hearing, which we call an ‘ore tenus’ hearing, will be held. This happens, in some jurisdictions, especially when the parties lived separate and apart under the same roof during a portion of the period…

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What is a minimum security deposit in a Virginia divorce retainer agreement?

It’s confusing to hire an attorney. It’s not something you do every day. And what’s involved to hire one is different across different areas of the law – so experience that you might have with, say, a personal injury attorney, or a wills, trusts, and estates attorney – doesn’t necessarily translate to experience like what…

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Is there a disadvantage to leaving the marital home in Virginia?

It’s always stressful when a marriage breaks down, especially if one party is surprised to find that the other feels like it’s really, truly over. In almost every case, there’s a period when tensions are at their highest, and everyone feels unbalanced. Though it is probably safe to say that most people live separate under…

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Do we both need an attorney in a Virginia uncontested divorce?

The question “do we both need an attorney?” is an interesting one, and one that I would answer in three ways: yes, no, and maybe. What seems like an easy question (is there ever an easy question?) is really a lot more complicated than you might think at first blush. The easy question is actually…

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Virginia Temporary Spousal Support

It’s scary to be the lesser earning spouse, even if you know full well that the reason you’ve earned less is because the two of you made decisions throughout the marriage that were designed to support the household and the family. In a lot of ways, earning less puts you in a much more difficult…

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What can a JAG attorney do in a Virginia military divorce?

In Virginia, only attorneys licensed by the Virginia Bar Association can represent clients by appearing in courts in the Commonwealth. An attorney can be licensed in one of two ways – either by attending an accredited law school and passing the bar exam (by far the most common method), or by “reading” the law, which…

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Military Pension Orders and Divorce

I still hear some version of the military ten year myth, even now. I’m not sure where it’s coming from, whether it’s military JAG attorneys, the military service members themselves, or something else. It seems unlikely to me that outreach groups for military services would be misinformed, but it’s entirely possible. In a lot of…

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