Ballpark Virginia Custody Case Fees

Everyone (and I do mean everyone) wants us to give them just a “ballpark” figure for how much their case might cost. In some cases, that’s an easier thing to do than others. But, even so, costs can be a difficult thing to estimate. There are a lot of variables involved. There are a lot…

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Moms Versus Dads in Virginia Custody Cases

Full Disclosure: Our firm represents women exclusively in divorce and custody cases.  If you’re looking for something written by activists for Father’s rights, you’re in the wrong place. Custody cases are complicated and constantly changing, which probably explains why there is so much misunderstanding out there.  I meet with one woman who tells me she…

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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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Parental Kidnapping in Virginia

It happens semi regularly that we end up with a client who has moved with her child (or children) to another state over dad’s objection.  If dad doesn’t care, it’s not a really big deal.  If he does, though, and he files an emergency petition for custody, you could find yourself up the proverbial creek…

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Relocation and Custody

Relocation cases are some of the most difficult custody cases to win – in Virginia at least. And, probably, they come up in Virginia with more frequency than they do in some other places because we’ve got such a disproportionately high number of military service members. I get it, of course. What worked when you…

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Can I move with our child in Virginia?

If you’re feeling unsafe, it’s only natural to want to run away—particularly if the very person who is making you feel unsafe is your child’s father. In my career, I’ve heard some pretty awful horror stories about the situations that have made my clients feel like they have no choice other than to flee. Usually,…

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Child Support and Deployment

Most of the time, child support is easy peasy. It’s based on a formula, so, basically, we just fill in the blanks and the number pops up. Of course, if yours is a shared custody situation, it can be a little more complicated than in a traditional primary physical custody type situation. How so? Well,…

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Can’t I just move with my kids? Relocation cases in Virginia

Relocation cases are hard cases to win, and, sometimes, even harder for moms to understand. For someone who has constantly made the children the priority, and who has earned the money needed to provide exceptional care to the children ever since the day they were born, it’s difficult to imagine why you wouldn’t be permitted…

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How to win your Virginia custody case

Worried about how to win your custody case? You’re not alone. Facing a custody case is one of those things that strikes fear into even the calmest momma’s heart. I get it; it’s a big deal, and it’s really scary to imagine that so much of your future is wrapped up in what a judge…

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Child Custody in Relocation Cases

Most of the time, custody isn’t a “win or lose,” “all or nothing,” proposition. Usually, when parents fight over custody, the judge winds up awarding some kind of shared custodial arrangement where both parents share a lot of time with the kids. It’s not necessarily 50/50, but both parents get to be with the kids…

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