What is an answer and counterclaim?

  It can be confusing to know and understand all the steps in the Virginia divorce process, much less what timelines are associated or how the court requires you to respond. I’m tempted to say, “Hey, that’s what I went to law school for,” but that’s not actually true. That kind of thing isn’t taught…

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What does a notary do? Do I need a notary?

  I often find that there is a lot of confusion about the role of a notary in a divorce and/or custody case. We use notaries ALL the time; in fact, notaries often are involved in our agreements, affidavits, and other important documents that go to the court. For that reason, many of our staff…

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What does a corroborating witness need to say?

  In an action for divorce in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a corroborating witness is needed. It’s not enough to just grant a divorce based upon the testimony of the husband and wife; the statute requires that a third party be able to affirm the allegations of the moving party. It would be nice if…

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What NOT to Wear To Divorce and Custody Court

  Going to court is intimidating. Especially in this day in age, when it’s not only a question of facing your husband and/or child’s father, but a pretty significant COVID-19 risk. There are a lot of things about court – and contested cases – that we can’t control. But there are some things we can…

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Clever Provisions to Consider in Your Virginia Custody and Visitation Agreement

  As you can probably imagine, in a coparenting relationship, all sorts of issues come up. Some of them are just related to the myriad challenges parents face in raising children, and the inherent differences between partners (even loving, respectful, happy partners!). When the coparenting relationship isn’t very good to begin with, all sorts of…

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Does your firm accept payment plans?

One of the biggest questions in any divorce and custody case is “How will I pay for it?” For almost anyone, no matter how high or low of an earner they are, it’s a bit of a stretch financially. I look at a lot of people’s various account information, so, I can tell you, almost…

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If I fear for my safety, can I take my child and go?

  Domestic violence is a very real issue in family law cases; it’s one we brush up against all the time. It was something that surprised me when I first started, because even in the most otherwise normal cases, there were undercurrents of domestic violence. A friend of mine from law school is a prosecutor,…

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What is a parenting plan?

In terms of vocabulary, there are all sorts of things that we say when it comes to custody and visitation that may seem new to you. I’ve written extensively on legal and physical custody, the different types (primary, shared, and split), coparenting, parenting education seminars, and many other topics related to custody and visitation that…

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If we’ve been separated for years, is it still adultery?

  I talk about adultery a lot. To be fair, it comes up a lot. As far as fault based grounds for divorce go, adultery is probably the single most common. There’s no one, single, specific path that “every” divorcing woman takes. A divorce is a journey, and it’s one that can take a LOT…

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How to Prepare for a Family Law Initial Consultation

I got this question for the first time the other day – how do I prepare for an initial consultation – and I realized it’s something that I hadn’t specifically written on before. I’ve written about whether you can bring someone with you, what documents you should bring, what to expect, and so on, but…

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