Do you really win or lose child custody in Virginia?

Last week, I wrote an article about dads in response to a really interesting TED talk I listened to recently. It’s not that often that I come across content so closely aligned with what I do, and I always think that it’s both interesting and instructive to listen to what the other side (in this…

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Split Physical Custody of Children in Virginia

We’ve talked endlessly about the vocabulary of custody over the years. No matter how many times I write or speak on it, though, I find there are people who are still confused, and who still aren’t sure of the differences, especially between legal and physical custody. Legal custody is simple, and is almost always awarded…

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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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