Do I really have to be separated for a year to get a Virginia divorce?

  A year can seem like a really long time, especially if you’re trapped in a bad marriage. An entire year before you can leave it behind you and move forward probably doesn’t feel ideal. But does it really take that long? Are there any exceptions? There are a couple of exceptions, if truth be…

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Am I ready for a Virginia divorce initial consultation?

Am I ready for an initial consultation? The first step is often the hardest, and that’s especially true when it comes to a divorce and custody case. Sure, you may have known that things were headed in that direction for awhile, but actually taking steps towards hiring an attorney can feel a little overwhelming. If…

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Raising concerns about dad’s parenting in VA custody cases

We talked Monday about the difficulty of navigating coparenting relationships when your child is refusing to go to parenting time with her dad. Today, I wanted to continue that conversation a little bit – because I think it’s a super important conversation to have – to discuss, less specifically, the concerns that moms have when…

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When your child refuses to go to visitation

  Coparenting isn’t easy, especially in the early days following a breakup, separation, or divorce. Sometimes, too, issues can compound over time and create a problem, especially for the children. In custody cases, just like in divorce, there’s really only two ways to resolve your case: by an agreement between the parties or by a…

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Understanding Virginia Child Support

Most of us understand the basics of child support. You have a minor child, you pay support. Okay, well maybe we don’t understand the basics – because most people don’t seem to realize that even custodial parents (the parents who have the children more) usually have an obligation to pay something for the support of…

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What’s the difference between VA mediation and collaboration?

In the English language, the two words ‘mediation’ and ‘collaboration’ mean something fairly similar, so it’s probably not any surprise that, when it comes to divorce, people really don’t understand the difference. I find it happens pretty often in conversation that people confuse or conflate the two, and it’s really no wonder. In general, people…

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Imputation of Income in Virginia Child Support Cases

Support – both child and spousal – is often a big issue in a lot of Virginia divorce and custody cases. Mostly because ex-husbands don’t want to pay it, and ex-wives are in desperate need of it. Usually, imputation of income is a bigger issue in a spousal support case, so I’ve written a fair…

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Custody of Teenagers in Virginia

No matter how old they are, your babies are still your babies – and a custody case is still scary. Still, a custody case where older children (say, 13-14 and older or so) are involved is considerably different than a case where young kids are involved. For older children and teenagers, the school calendar has…

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Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Your Virginia Family Law Case

Domestic violence is at the root of a shocking number of the cases that we handle. Just yesterday, a friend from high school reached out to me about her situation – probably the fourth or fifth time she’s done so in the last eight years. This morning, I started off by chatting with another attorney…

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What is a Disneyland Dad?

  I keep seeing the phrase “Disneyland Dad” pop up. For a long time, we’ve referred to this phenomenon as “Super Dad” but I think that “Disneyland Dad” is even better. In fact, as a child, I saw this in action. My uncle Mark and his wife had gone through a nasty divorce, which meant…

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