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…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with:

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…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with:

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…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with:

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…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with:

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…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with:

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…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with:

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…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with:

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…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with:

Why do you represent women only?

At least a few times every single week, we get a man who – despite our pretty significant web presence and consistent women-only branding – calls our office about hiring an attorney for a divorce or custody case. When we tell him that we represent women only, he gets angry. Typical, right? He tells us…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with:

Adultery Creates a Bar to Permanent Spousal Support

Though spousal support is harder to get than ever, there are still a lot of cases where it is pretty desperately needed. It’s pretty sexist to assume that the recipient of spousal support would only be the wife, or that wives in general need support to survive, but since I only represent women, I don’t…

Share this:

Filed under:
Tag with: