Filing for Legal Separation in Virginia

The first step towards divorce, for most couples, is a separation. Most people refer to it as a “legal” separation, though, in Virginia at least, there’s no actual, technical “legal” status. There are no forms to file, no protocol to follow; you are simply separated at the point when you decide to become separated. In…

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$1.2 Billion Powerball: Virginia Lottery Winnings in Separation and Divorce

With the Powerball reaching a record breaking $1.2 billion, everyone (including yours truly) is out buying lottery tickets. I really think that, even though I know that the likelihood of winning is incredibly, incredibly low, the couple hours between when you buy the tickets and when the drawing is announced are worth it. Just having…

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Before you decide to legally separate

When you’re making the decision to save or end your marriage, part of the reason you struggle is because you don’t have the answers to all the questions. Of course, you’re worried about the big picture issues, like, “What will happen to me?” and “Will I ever be okay?” If you’re like most women, you’re…

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Separation Under the Same Roof

In Virginia, when you separate, you make a decision to stop cohabitating. Cohabitation is a fancy legal word that basically encompasses everything it means to live together as husband and wife. (and, as you can probably imagine, it deals with a lot more than just sex). There isn’t any paperwork to file to have a…

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What if he kicks me out?

The early days of a divorce or separation are the worst. It’s when both fears and tempers are at their worst, which causes lots of otherwise perfectly rational people to make decisions that they wouldn’t ordinarily. Under normal circumstances, idle threats wouldn’t cause a World War III level fight; in the beginning of a divorce…

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Hiring a Divorce Attorney

Hiring an attorney is a pretty scary thing. Even picking up the phone to call and get some preliminary information is terrifying for some people—myself included! I really prefer to do things as anonymously as possible, especially in preliminary stages. I understand that asking for information is difficult, and that you’re feeling a little afraid…

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Preparing financially for divorce

When I talk to women, whether in my office, at a Second Saturday Seminar, at Girl’s Night Out, they usually tell me that the thing they’re worried the most about is their finances. How will they make it work—both during the separation, and after the divorce? They’re filled with so many questions and so much…

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Reminder: July Girl’s Night Out in Norfolk

Just in case you haven’t already, make sure you RSVP online now to attend our July 8th Girl’s Night Out event at the Ocean View Fishing Pier (on the top deck!) from 6-8pm. I know, I know—it’s no secret that we’re a Virginia law firm representing women only in divorce and custody cases. Still, no…

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How does a separation agreement work? Does it mean I’m “settling?”

Let’s talk about separation agreements. Let’s talk about what they mean, how they work, and the types of things that are included in them. I find that, when I talk to women who come into our office, they are really misinformed about what a separation agreement is—which is always surprising to me, because, on the…

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What’s a separation agreement? (And why do I want one?)

When most attorneys talk about divorce, they give the impression that there are all sorts of different “types” of divorce—negotiation, collaboration, mediation, litigation—but the reality is that there are really only three real choices. You either (1) negotiate your divorce by signing a separation agreement and decide for yourself how your things will be divided,…

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