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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 […]

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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