Child Support and Shared Custody

Today, I’ve been practicing family law, representing women exclusively, for a little over 9 years. I’m inching ever closer towards a decade of dedicated, women only, divorce and custody practice. There are still new, novel issues that present themselves – I am told, from veterans like Lori Michaud and Sheera Herrell, that it is always this way, even…

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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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Pregnant and getting a Virginia divorce?

If you’re expecting, especially if it’s your first child (and even if it’s not), you’re experiencing a lot of emotions. You’ve probably heard of it (or even experienced it) before; you know what they say about the pregnancy brain! You’re feeling all the feels, and you’re a little extra emotional, and if you add to…

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Preparing for a Virginia custody case when you can’t afford an attorney: Custody Bootcamp for Moms

A custody case is bad enough, but preparing to face a custody case when you know full well you don’t have the money to hire an attorney is gut wrenching, especially if you know your child’s father has hired an attorney to represent him in court. It’s intimidating. If you’ve ever been to court before…

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Hofheimer Family Law Mother’s Day Promo

If you’re a mom, you’ve made a lot of sacrifices for the sake of your kids. It started from the moment you found out you were pregnant, and started eating insane amounts of broccoli and discussing the benefits of folic acid to anyone who would listen. It carried through your pregnancy, to every single glass…

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What to expect in your Virginia custody case

There’s no such thing as a one size fits all custody case, so it’s often difficult to give an answer when a woman asks me what she can expect in an upcoming custody case. Still, I know how frustrating it can be when you ask a lawyer a question and the answer you get is…

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April Custody Bootcamp for Moms

There are very few things quite as terrifying as a pending custody case. Not knowing what is going to happen to your children (and knowing full well that whatever does happen is almost entirely out of your control) is anxiety inducing, to say the very least. Most moms have a (healthy?) dose of momma bear…

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Virginia Custody and Visitation Agreements

Even though not all parents stay together forever, not all parents need to go to court to have a custody and visitation arrangement set in stone, either. In fact, lots of parents are ultimately able to decide among themselves (or just let things work out on the fly). Of course, there’s no right or wrong…

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Child Support and Deployment

Most of the time, child support is easy peasy. It’s based on a formula, so, basically, we just fill in the blanks and the number pops up. Of course, if yours is a shared custody situation, it can be a little more complicated than in a traditional primary physical custody type situation. How so? Well,…

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A BIG Virginia Custody and Visitation Mistake

I talked to someone a couple weeks ago who had an interesting case, and I thought I’d write a little about it. Of course, I can’t divulge any confidential information, and, really, I don’t want to share anything with you other than the situation she found herself in—and the innocent way she almost made a…

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