Child Support and Shared Custody

Today, I’ve been practicing family law, representing women exclusively, for a little over 9 years. I’m inching ever closer towards a decade of dedicated, women only, divorce and custody practice. There are still new, novel issues that present themselves – I am told, from veterans like Lori Michaud and Sheera Herrell, that it is always this way, even…

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How is Virginia child support calculated?

How is Virginia child support calculated? Child support is one of those refreshing areas of law where there are black and white, hard and fast answers. As long as we know what numbers – regarding your income and your child’s father’s income, daycare expenses, health care expenses, etc – we can quickly and easily compute…

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Will I have to get a job after divorce?

Will I have to get a job after divorce? In a marriage, you make all sorts of decisions every single day. At some point, a decision that a lot of married couples make, especially if they have children together, is whether one parent should stay at home to care for the children. It’s not an…

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2019 Kristen D. Hofheimer Memorial Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Kristen D. Hofheimer Memorial Scholarship Winners This year, for the first year ever, Hofheimer Family Law sponsored a scholarship for divorced and/or divorcing women who were looking to go back to school. We wanted to do it both to honor our former managing partner, Kristen D. Hofheimer, who passed away in January of…

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Can my husband kick me out of the house? We have children!

Can he force me out of the house? We have young children! Divorce is scary. It’s not really that the process is so terrible; in most cases, I think it’s really like more doing your income taxes in a year that you’re afraid you’ll owe (instead of getting that refund). The process is tedious and…

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I drafted a Separation Agreement, but he won’t sign. What next?

I drafted a Separation Agreement, but he won’t sign. What next? You’ve agonized over the decision for months – sometimes, even years. After reflection and prayer and therapy and everything else you could think of to try, you’re ready to move forward with your divorce. I’ve seen it so many times! The initial consultation is…

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Come to Girl’s Night Out!

Facing a divorce or custody case is difficult. It’s difficult for many reasons, but it’s especially so because it often becomes difficult to maintain friendships. That’s especially true for your “his and hers” couple friends, but it can be true of your own separate friends, too. It’s hard for friends to listen nonstop to a…

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When Virginia divorce and custody litigation becomes abusive

When Virginia divorce and custody litigation becomes abusive For the most part, the court system exists to help people reach resolution in their cases, especially when they’re unable to agree on a resolution between themselves. We use the courts for all types of reasons – when one party is unresponsive, when our client isn’t familiar…

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Adultery, Spousal Support, and Custody

Adultery, Spousal Support, and Custody We talked Monday about adultery, and the difference between filing a divorce (which is a civil case) using adultery as your grounds and an actual criminal prosecution on adultery (which is a level IV misdemeanor in Virginia). The purpose of that article was to alleviate concerns I see around adultery…

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Petitions to Modify Virginia Child Custody

As you probably are already aware, once you have a child with someone, they never really go away. In a divorce or a breakup where there are no children, the parties are free to go their own separate ways and never see each other again. It’s not only desirable but encouraged. There’s no reason for…

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