Legal Custody in Virginia

When a fight is brewing over custody of the children, it’s important to understand what, exactly, you and your child’s father are really fighting over. A lot of times, I find that people say things like, “I want sole custody!” without really distinguishing between legal and physical custody, and separating out what it all means….

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Do you really win or lose child custody in Virginia?

Last week, I wrote an article about dads in response to a really interesting TED talk I listened to recently. It’s not that often that I come across content so closely aligned with what I do, and I always think that it’s both interesting and instructive to listen to what the other side (in this…

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Split Physical Custody of Children in Virginia

We’ve talked endlessly about the vocabulary of custody over the years. No matter how many times I write or speak on it, though, I find there are people who are still confused, and who still aren’t sure of the differences, especially between legal and physical custody. Legal custody is simple, and is almost always awarded…

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How is inheritance divided in Virginia divorce?

Divorce is … complicated, especially emotionally. I probably don’t need to tell you that, because here you are, but still. I feel like it’s unreasonable and unrealistic to have this conversation without admitting that fact. So, there it is. In divorce, there are issues that are easy – meaning that the law is clear on…

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I’m considering Virginia divorce – but we don’t want to hire lawyers

  Recently, someone very close to me consulted with me about their divorce. It’s always surprising when very, very close friends and family members divorce, and even more so when that means that they reach out to me in an attempt to make sense of it all. In the very best of times – where…

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Why do you hate dads so much? Dads are important, too!

  I recently watched a TED talk from a woman who – like me – is a divorce attorney. Unlike me, though, she has built her career on representing dads in divorce and custody cases. Her talk was entirely about the importance of a dad in a kid’s life, and, essentially, all the terrible things…

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How to Start the Virginia Divorce Process

  It’s not an easy thing, starting to gather information about the divorce process. It’s not easy for anyone, so if you’re feeling like it’s gut wrenching, you’re not alone. I met so many women who are going through or have recently gone through a divorce that I can tell you – the emotions involved…

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2021 Kristen D. Hofheimer Memorial Scholarship Competition

For the third year in a row, we are accepting applications for the 2021 Kristen D. Hofheimer Memorial Scholarship Competition. It was named in honor of Kristen D. Hofheimer, our former managing partner and owner, who died in 2019 after a long struggle with breast cancer. Kristen was a lot of things to a lot…

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What is a divorce decree?

  As you educate yourself about the divorce process and what’s involved, you’ve probably come up close and personal to words – or, at least, combinations of words – that you’ve never seen together before. And though you understand the words themselves, knowing exactly what they mean or what their function is as it relates…

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How to get a legal separation without a Virginia divorce lawyer

Do you like quick and easy answers? Because, for once in my life, I have a quick and easy answer for you. To get a legal separation, you don’t need a Virginia divorce lawyer! Anyone and everyone can legally separate from their spouse without the help of an attorney. That means you – yes you…

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