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 much is a divorce?

  How much is a divorce? It’s a hard question to answer, because no two divorces are exactly the same. The total overall costs of a case has a lot to do with the specific facts involved in each case, which can vary dramatically from one to the next. Is that a cop out of…

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What does the Bible say about divorce?

When it comes to divorce, one of the most commonly searched questions is “What does the Bible say about divorce?” I understand. For a lot of women, their faith is one of the most important components. If you’re particularly religious, your church family is really important to you – and worrying about facing their censure…

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One Year Separation and Divorce

If you’ve been following us for awhile, you’ve probably started to figure out a few things about the Virginia divorce process. Still, it can be really confusing, and, if you’ve got lingering questions, you’re not alone. I’ve tried to do a good job of spelling out even the most basic of concepts, because the law…

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6 Month Separation and Divorce

  Not every divorce is the same. In fact, almost every divorce is different, at least in some way. But there are certain similarities we can draw from divorces that have similar characteristics. Just like we group custody and visitation cases by the age of the children involved, and spousal support cases by the length…

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What is discovery in Virginia divorce?

The beginning of a divorce or child custody case is when things are the most overwhelming, confusing, and potentially intimidating. There’s often a lot of activity, and a lot of that activity sets the stage for what will come as the case reaches its conclusion. Whether a case is contested or uncontested, the beginning is…

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Constructive Desertion as Grounds for VA Divorce

Grounds for divorce can be confusing. As in, what do they mean? When do you use them? What if you don’t have any? I’ve been talking the last couple of days about different grounds of divorce, like desertion and abandonment, cruelty and apprehension of bodily hurt, and adultery (and sodomy and buggery). We – as…

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Desertion and Abandonment as VA Grounds for Divorce

There’s a lot of nuance when it comes to the practice of family law, and understanding when and how to use various fault based grounds for divorce can be pretty complicated. To put it simply, you must have grounds for divorce in Virginia (and pretty much everywhere), but those grounds can be either fault based…

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Cruelty and Apprehension of Bodily Hurt as VA Grounds for Divorce

  When it comes to divorce, there are – sadly – a lot of cases that involve some form of domestic violence. When I was a newbie, that was so surprising to me. Now, not so much, but still – I end up fielding a lot of questions about what to do, what options are…

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What happens after I retain a Virginia divorce lawyer?

You don’t exactly go out and hire an attorney every day. In fact, for many people, it may be a once in a lifetime experience. Sure, it’s not a trip to Bora Bora or a chance to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, but it’s a first – and a one time deal – for a…

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