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MY CHILD HAS BEEN ASSIGNED A GUARDIAN AD LITEM, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

A Guardian Ad Litem being assigned to your family’s custody matter can sound intimidating initially, but know that it is not necessarily a bad thing. This article will discuss the most commonly asked questions about Guardian Ad Litems in custody cases in Virginia. Who is a Guardian Ad Litem? A Guardian Ad Litem, also known […]

IS A CHILD’S OPINION CONSIDERED IN CUSTODY CASES IN VIRGINIA?

There are many factors that affect a child’s opinion being considered in a custody case; let’s discuss further. My child has stated that he wants to live with me. Will that help? In some circumstances yes, but in others, no. If your child is under the age of fourteen (14), his opinion may not be […]

WHAT IS CONSIDERED SEPARATE PROPERTY IN A DIVORCE IN VIRGINIA?

In Virginia, anything acquired premaritally (before the marriage), which can clearly be traced into one party’s separate name, is their separate property or responsibility. If this premarital property was comingled during the marriage, it may become eligible for division. Let’s discuss what this means: Examples of Separate Property v. Comingling Assets To understand the difference […]

HOW TO CO-PARENT

During separation and divorce, co-parenting is a common struggle for many parties. Getting into an initial rhythm and groove is difficult, and there may be periods of time wherein civility and conflict ebb and flow. Here are some basic guidelines for co-parenting that lawyers generally like clients to follow in anticipation of litigation: Communicate with […]

DO I NEED A WILL OR A TRUST?

Many potential estate clients struggle with deciding if they need a simple Will or a Trust. Each document fulfills specific needs and is appropriate under different circumstances. Why a Simple Will? If you want to ensure that certain specific bequests are followed, execute a simple Will. A simple Will is most appropriate for: Individuals who […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Medical Decision Making in Virginia

Medical decisions and quality of life decisions should not be taken lightly; it is always wise to be prepared and ensure that you will be cared for according to your wishes. Whether you are unsure of where to begin, what to think about, or if you even need to formalize your wishes, Michelle Hopkins and […]

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HOW DOES CHILD SUPPORT WORK IN VIRGINIA?

Few words strike as much dread in the hearts of men than these two: child support. But you do not need to fear, The Hopkins Law Firm is here! Here are the answers to the child support questions we are most frequently asked by potential clients: What does Virginia Law say about child support? According […]

HOW DOES ALIMONY OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT WORK IN VIRGINIA?

A common concern when parties chose to separate and finalize their divorce is the payment of alimony or spousal support. Here are the answers to the questions Michelle Hopkins and her legal team are most commonly asked about alimony or spousal support: If I get divorced in Virginia will I have to pay alimony or […]

ESTATE WORK SERVICES

If you have estate work that was prepared a long time ago, it likely needs an update. Or perhaps you have not had any estate work prepared and do not know where to begin. Either way, The Hopkins Law Firm can help you with your needs. Michelle Hopkins and her team have experience preparing a […]

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