GNO Valentine’s Day at the Banque

We’ve had a Valentine’s Day event for the last several years now, and we’ve found that they’re a pretty tremendous success!  Whether you don’t have a Valentine this year, or whether you’d just prefer to celebrate with girlfriends rather than a man, you’re not alone.  And isn’t that a beautiful thing? If we’ve found one…

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Handling Divorce and Custody

I often find that, when reaching a separation agreement isn’t as easy as previously thought, many people (especially those who had hoped to navigate their divorce without the assistance of attorneys) find themselves filing for custody. Though I can certainly understand the appeal of this (after all, custody is THE biggest issue in cases where…

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Asking for a continuance in your custody case

You thought you’d reach an agreement. You counted on it, actually. You and your child’s father were working towards an agreement, and things were looking pretty good. Even though there was a court date looming on the horizon, you didn’t think too much about it initially. You were working towards an agreement, and that was…

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Will my new boyfriend hurt my Virginia custody case?

Let’s face it, one day, you’ll date again. For some, of course, it happens much sooner than others but, in the majority of cases, it happens. If you have children with your ex, no matter what else might happen, dating because exponentially more difficult. How do you talk about new boyfriends with the children? When…

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He just wants to pay less child support

I see it all the time. It makes me sad, but it’s just the way it is. For a lot of dads, their chief motivation is figuring out some way to pay less child support — or, even better, none at all. To them, I think, it feels like a long term monthly payment to…

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Special Issues in Virginia Child Custody Cases

Custody cases are tricky.  Like divorce, custody is one of those areas of law that varies pretty dramatically from state to state.  There’s not a lot of standardization from place to place.  Though almost all states have some iteration of the “best interests of the child” factors (here are Virginia’s ten best interests of the…

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Virginia Custody Seminar for Moms

Custody Bootcamp for Moms is an intense, all day custody seminar designed to prepare Virginia moms for what they might face in a custody case at the juvenile court level. A custody case is a scary thing, and it’s especially scary when you can’t afford to hire an attorney to represent you.  All of that…

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Drinking and New Boyfriends in Virginia Custody Cases

Custody cases are some of the hardest.  Even in cases that – to me, at least – seem more or less routine, there’s still the fact that parents who otherwise would have had (and probably did have, up until recently) complete autonomy over how their children were going to be raised are going to suddenly…

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Unrelated Overnight Guests in Virginia Custody

Custody cases are some of the most complicated that we see. The court views a divorce case as predominantly a business transaction. Though you may get laughed at if you say that it’s about “fairness”, there is a fair amount of consideration that goes into the equity of a particular way of dissolving the marriage….

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Keeping Kids in the Same School District in Virginia Custody and Divorce

I read an article the other day about parenting children through divorce and it cautioned parents to not beat themselves up over all the pain and suffering that their children would experience throughout their lifetimes. Though, as moms, we all tend to feel like it’s our job to protect our children from all the various…

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