Parenting Capacity Evaluations in Virginia Child Custody Cases

In many types of cases, we can do a basic cost benefit analysis to determine whether something is worth pursuing in litigation. For financial assets, because they can be valued (even when “value” is a range, or there’s some kind of intrinsic sentimental value), that’s more or less easy to achieve. We can tell, at…

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What can I expect at a divorce seminar webinar?

As you may have recently heard, we’ve transitioned our thirty year old baby, Second Saturday: What Every Virginia Woman Needs to Know About Divorce, from a seminar to a webinar on Zoom. It was a change that was both made necessary by the pandemic and also just reality; people want to turn more and more to…

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Do Virginia Family Courts Get It Right?

Recently, on Facebook, as I mindlessly scrolled (come on, you know you do it, too) I saw a video that showed a child fighting a visitation exchange. The video alleged that the child was resisting going to spend time with her mother, because her mother’s boyfriend abused her. The end of it – the moral,…

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Which family law attorney should I hire?

It’s probably safe to say that you don’t hire an attorney every day. And, when it comes down to it, it seems like kind of a scary thing to do. How do you know who you’re hiring, or what the experience will be like? Will you be just another name on a file on a…

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What Does Best Interests Of The Child Mean?

What does “best interests of the child” mean, anyway? You can’t get very far down the road in a custody and visitation case without coming up against “best interests of the child”. There’s a version of the best interests factors in almost every state (at least, as far as I’m aware), and these factors make up the…

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Virginia Marital Agreements and Eventual Divorce

It’s not always possible for a couple to say, at the very beginning of the process, that they will or won’t ultimately get divorced. For many, there’s a desire to save the marriage, if at all possible. In some of those cases, a marital agreement may be one way to at least attempt to save…

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Why Would I File A Contested Divorce In Virginia?

Why would I file for a contested divorce? In many cases, it’s not necessary to use fault based grounds for divorce. After all, if you file on fault, you’ll have to litigate to prove to the judge that your grounds exist. Because, depending on the grounds, different civil and criminal penalties apply, you’ll have to…

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Postpartum Depression and Divorce

Bringing a baby into the world is, simultaneously, one of the most wonderful and most terrifying things that can happen to a woman. Having done it twice now myself – both c-sections, the first one an emergency – I can attest to that, for sure. I don’t think I fully appreciated the changes that motherhood…

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Can I force my child’s father to quarantine after risk of COVID-19 exposure?

As we prepare for a second wave of coronavirus infections (assuming, of course, that we aren’t already in the middle of it now), many people have really high anxiety. It’s sad that dealing with a worldwide pandemic has become such a political issue, with people on both sides of the spectrum weighing in with completely…

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Increased childcare expenses during the pandemic

For many Americans, the pandemic has changed day to day life in ways that still feel surreal. One of the most important ways that the world has changed is the way that we work; for many of us, virtual work has become the norm, as we’ve transitioned away from traditional office work spaces. Still others…

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