Frequently Asked Questions

How to get a free Virginia divorce

  I’m sorry to tell you, but there’s absolutely no such thing as a free divorce. At the very, very, very least, in order to file for a divorce, you will have to pay an $85-90 filing fee. You’ll also pay $25-60 or so to have your divorce complaint served on your husband. Want a…

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If we separate, do we have to divorce?

There’s a difference between the word “separate” in the way a divorce lawyer uses it, and the way a regular person uses it. Regular people – non lawyers, I mean – tend to use a separation as a break. Just a period of time where you take a step back, reassess, and, hopefully, figure out…

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Have I been Virginia divorce or custody paperwork?

  There’s so much confusion and fear when it comes to legal documents, and a lot of that stems from really not having seen similar documents before. It’s not every day that you get divorced or that you file custody petitions, or are on the receiving end of documents like these prepared by your husband/child’s…

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Divorce after an open marriage

Hey, I’m not here to judge. If I’ve learned anything from all my years working as a divorce and custody attorney, it’s that families come in all shapes and sizes, and marriages don’t necessarily conform to convention. If your family is a little on the unusual side, that’s okay. In fact, anything is okay. You…

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Should I talk to a therapist in the Virginia divorce process?

Most people don’t get divorced all that often. It’s not exactly a run of the mill experience, like washing your hair, shopping for groceries, or visiting the doctor. At no point will you really feel like it’s a sort of ho-hum type thing; in fact, for most women, it’s a pretty profound experience. I don’t…

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Should I hire Hofheimer Family Law?

If you’re facing a possible divorce or custody case, you’re probably wondering how to proceed. There are a lot of factors involved and, as a result, a lot of choices to make, especially at the beginning of your case. It’s hard to know what path to travel down, especially when you’re not sure what shape…

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Why does my Virginia divorce case cost so much?

At Second Saturday and also in my initial consultations, one of the first questions I am asked usually has to do with price. Usually, women want to know how much their case will cost. It’s a difficult question to answer, and one that I’ve tried to tackle from a million different angles. When it comes…

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Estimating the Costs of your Virginia Divorce

If you had a crystal ball and knew how much your divorce was going to cost ahead of time, would you make the same decisions? Though it’s difficult to estimate legal costs ahead of time, it may be possible to estimate the total costs of your divorce. The total overall cost of your divorce can…

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What are you sharing about your kids on Facebook, and how can it impact your divorce or custody case?

There’s no question that ours is a society that shares information first and then thinks later. Usually, that’s not a problem and, even if it is, it’s one of our own making—one that we can choose to deal with (or not), whatever the case may be. You can certainly choose to share whatever you like,…

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