What is a retainer in Virginia divorce?

We get a lot of questions about the cost of divorce, pro bono work, attorney’s fees (like, can I make him pay mine?) and so much more. We find that there’s a lot of confusion about how attorney’s charge for their work and what it actually costs. That’s probably for a lot of reasons. I…

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Divorce and Compromise

A friend sent me a message the other day about divorce to ask me about her divorce. It happens all the time! She had gotten an inheritance from her grandmother, she said, and used it to buy a car and a trailer, but that her soon to be ex was keeping it hostage and she…

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How Will COVID-19 Affect My Family Law Case?

First of all, we are thinking about all of our clients and all women and children in Virginia at this time. No matter your life circumstance – whether you have kids, whether you are elderly, or whether you are just trying to keep your job, everything right now is hard. Schools in Virginia are closed…

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Four Way Settlement Conference

There’s not a lot of magic when it comes to being a divorce lawyer. I think that a lot of people think there is – magic words we put in agreements, or magic tactics we have to make the unmanageable somehow manageable. The truth is, though, that (although I wish there were), there’s nothing very…

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What to expect at a judicial settlement conference

What to expect at a judicial settlement conference Judicial settlement conferences can happen for a couple of different reasons.  If your divorce is contested, oftentimes courts require that you have a judicial settlement conference before your trial, in an attempt to encourage the parties to settle on their own without the judge’s involvement.  (If your…

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Not happy, but not ready for a divorce: The Marital Agreement

You’re unhappy, but maybe you’re not ready to move forward with a divorce just yet. Things have been rough, but you’re still holding out hope that something might change and you’ll be able to make it work. Whether for your own sake or for the sake of your children, there’s something just so permanent about…

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Should I go to mediation instead?

When it comes to divorce, you have options. Depending on your contentious your case looks like it is (and you know the answer to that question better than anyone), you may have more options than you even realize. Though you certainly want to make sure you get the things that you’re legally entitled to receive,…

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