Coparenting versus Parallel Parenting in Virginia Child Custody

  In my experience, courts come down kind of hard on coparents about the way that they share their coparenting responsibilities. In fact, I’ve heard of some cases where one party was given primary custody because, of the two parents, he or she was the one more equipped to facilitate coparenting. In cases where one…

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What if he doesn’t pay his Virginia child support as ordered?

Child support is not optional. There are very few black and white, hard and fast rules in family law, but this is one of them. Though it’s theoretically possible, especially in a shared custody situation, that the parties incomes could be close enough and the amount of time each parent spends with the child could…

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Can the amount of Virginia child support I receive go down?

  There’s no limit to the number of things that can happen to us over time – good as well as not quite so good. Though, over the long term, most people wind up earning more money, that’s not necessarily the case for every person. There can be a lot of factors involved, like global…

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10 Questions I Get as a Divorce Lawyer

I’m a person who lives in the world, and so, for me – like for anyone else – the topic of what I do for a living is something that comes up with some frequency. I usually just say something vague like, ‘Oh, I work at a law firm,’ so that they’ll hopefully stop asking…

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What does a retainer fee in a divorce case cover?

  You probably haven’t hired an attorney before. And, if you have, it probably wasn’t a family law attorney. (And, if it was a family law attorney that you hired, you probably aren’t reading this article because you’ve been there, done that!) It’s a nerve wracking experience! I can tell you that, even for me,…

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Health Insurance and Unreimbursed Medical Expenses in Divorce

  One of the scariest parts of divorce is losing health insurance. For a lot of people, the access to health insurance makes them stay in their marriage longer and even, after negotiating a separation agreement or going to court on a pendente lite and establishing temporary support, take longer to actually finalize a divorce….

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Do I have to let my ex in-laws see my kids?

When you get a divorce, you probably want a clean break. When you and your ex husband share children in common, though, the break is really never quite as clean as you might wish. After all, the kids won’t raise themselves! Regardless of your feelings towards your ex or the way you choose to coparent…

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How do I manage social media during my divorce and custody case?

  I’ve written about social media accounts before, but it seems like the landscape is constantly changing. With the advent of so many different platforms for sharing, we’re dealing with new issues all the time – and with clients who think less of sharing a LOT of themselves in very public platforms. I’m not one…

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How are unreimbursed medical expenses handled in custody?

  Kids are expensive. Whether it’s the normal kid stuff – a little tumble at daycare, a broken arm, a skateboard accident – or whether you have a child with specific ongoing medical issues, medical expenses can be a big part of that. It can be expected or unexpected; more or less than you expect…

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I’m not ready to finalize my Virginia divorce yet. Can I wait it out?

  For one reason or another, lots of times people just aren’t ready to finalize their divorce. Whether they’ve already negotiated a signed separation agreement or they’ve filed a contested divorce and had a few hearings, the urgency sometimes dissipates once temporary child and spousal support is established. After all, divorce comes with some inconvenient…

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