I’m not ready to pay for a consultation with a Virginia divorce attorney

Even though most family law attorneys in our area charge a consultation fee (in fact, when I say most, I mean virtually all), there are still lots of women out there who are a little bit uncomfortable with that. Though I understand both sides here, and know that there are lots of reasons why family…

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Can I get divorced alone?

Though most divorces have some similarities, there are a lot of things that can be different, too. There is no such thing as a “run of the mill” or “typical” divorce, so I’m always a little hesitant to answer questions without knowing more about each individual person and their backstory. I had a woman ask…

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Collaborative Divorce Virginia

When it comes to divorce, there are a lot of choices. Gone are the days when divorce was a one size fits all type proposition; these days, there are many more options. Though you still have to have grounds for divorce, potential grounds include both traditional fault based options as well as no fault. Keep…

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Legal Zoom and Divorce: Can I do it myself?

These days, there are more and more do it yourself divorce services available than ever before. There are tons of resources available online, and we have an unprecedented amount of access to them. Most everyone has access to the internet, and is savvy enough to do a quick Google search for the forms or information…

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The Disadvantages of Mediation

Many women, when faced with the possibility of a divorce, try to think of alternatives to the traditional divorce. Most people are wary of hiring an attorney at all, whatever the reason. Lawyers, after all, don’t have the best reputation. They’re expensive, for one thing, and they’re difficult to deal with. Everyone has probably heard…

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Lawyers Suck: But can you divorce without one?

I know, I know. Everyone hates lawyers. Almost wherever I go, I get a bad lawyer joke. Well, that is, I get bad lawyer jokes. It doesn’t hurt my feelings. Obviously, by this point in my career, I’m pretty used to it. Besides, deep down, I know no one means it. I know that what…

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Is it possible to handle my divorce on my own?

If you would really just prefer not to hire an attorney, you’re definitely not alone. Whether it’s because you don’t have (or just don’t want to spend) the money or for some other reason, more and more people are asking me all the time about what their do it yourself options are. You already know…

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Divorce Costs

If I could give you one piece of advice as you begin to prepare for your divorce case, it would be this: keep calm. I know, I know.  That’s easier said than done.  Divorce is complicated, and it affects a lot of things—among the most important of which are your family and your finances.  It’s…

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Saving Money on Virginia Divorce

On Monday, we talked about how to tell good attorneys from bad ones and how much divorce really costs.   If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you definitely should! Hiring an attorney is a pretty scary thing, and not something that you have to do all the time, so it’s difficult to…

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Big Money Mistakes in Virginia Divorce

Because I’m in the business of divorce, I often hear this joke. Question: “Do you know why divorce is so expensive?” (The joker then expects the jokee to say, “No, why?”) Answer: “Because it’s worth it!” (Then, of course, the jokee is supposed to roll with uncontrolled mirth.) Maybe I’m a humorless attorney, but I…

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