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HOW TO ANSWER DISCOVERY REQUESTS IN VIRGINIA

This article will provide some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about how to answer discovery requests received by the attorneys at The Hopkins Law Firm: What are discovery requests? Discovery requests are questions that are issued in civil or criminal matters to receive answers to questions relevant to a case. They […]

WHAT ASSETS AND DEBTS ARE DIVIDED IN A DIVORCE IN VIRGINIA?

When a couple decides to divorce, they should make every attempt to agree to a division of all marital assets and debts for the divorce to be finalized. This agreement is memorialized in a Property Settlement Agreement. Some parties are able to agree on some but not all issues, and in these circumstances, they would […]

NEWBORN BABY CUSTODY IN VIRGINIA

If parties to a divorce have a recently born baby, custody will look quite different than the average custodial arrangement parents of older children have. What should separating parents with a new baby expect? Let’s discuss: Primary Custodian Similar to the custody of older children, custodial arrangements for a new baby include a primary custodian. […]

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE HOUSE IN A DIVORCE IN VIRGINIA?

Clients often have many questions about the parties’ real property acquired during the marriage, known formally as the “marital home”. This article will provide some insight as to what to expect: Who keeps the house? The spouse who maintains ownership of the house is determined by who can afford to do so. The following scenarios […]

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE DIVORCED IN VIRGINIA?

One of the questions we are most often asked is how long it will take to be divorced. Some clients are divorced in about six to eight months, while others may not be divorced for several years. There are many factors that impact the timeline of a divorce, such as: Mandatory separation. Virginia has mandatory […]

CUSTODY AND VISITATION OPTIONS WHEN PARENTS LIVE IN DIFFERENT STATES

When a couple divorces, it is common for one of or both of the parties to relocate to be nearer to family for support raising their children. However, when parents live in different states, traditional custody and visitation schedules simply do not work. This article will discuss what type of custody arrangement to expect when […]

THE IMPACT OF ROMANTIC PARTNERS ON CUSTODY AFTER DIVORCE IN VIRGINIA

After your divorce is finalized and you feel ready to date, you might meet someone that you want to enter into a committed relationship with, pending their compatibility with your children. Before your children meet your romantic interest, you might be wondering how this could potentially impact custody. Let’s discuss: Do romantic partners impact custody […]

SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL MY CHILDREN ARE 18 TO GET DIVORCED?

When minor children are involved in a divorce, custody and visitation tends to be the biggest concern of the parties, especially when circumstances are not amicable. It may be tempting to wait until your children legally emancipate to avoid involving custody and visitation in the divorce, but is that a wise choice? Let’s discuss further: […]

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 […]

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