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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When Is Settlement A Win In Divorce?

Divorce is not easy for anyone, especially when the matter is highly contentious. In these situations, the word “settlement” can sound like defeat, however, there are many cases when settling is the best option. Let’s discuss what situations make settlement a win: When Emotions are High Divorce is a stressful process; the mental and emotional […]

HOW DO I GET DIVORCED IN VIRGINIA?

Getting divorced in Virginia can be very complicated, or quite simple, depending upon the circumstances of your marriage. The Court wants confirmation that all the assets and debts accrued during the marriage are divided, and in cases wherein minor children are involved, that custody and visitation have been agreed upon. As such, the more debts […]

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