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Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

Understanding Virginia’s parental kidnapping laws

As a Virginia parent, you might think it’s impossible for you to kidnap your own child. After all, they’re your child, right? The reality is that even if you are a parent, you can be charged and potentially convicted of a felony for kidnapping your own child. This is...

Helping you establish, enforce and change child support orders

Raising a child comes with a price. Not only is it a long-term commitment caring for the child but it also comes with many costs. The price tag of childrearing can be costly, and when parents are no longer together due to a breakup, separation or divorce, it can feel...

How parental substance abuse harms your child

There can be a lot of contributing factors to your contentious child custody dispute. In many of these instances, each parent thinks that they know what’s best for their child. Things are complicated even further by the fact that the court has a lot of leeway when it...

7 implications of a domestic violence conviction

Everyone has gotten into an argument with a significant other at one point or another. But sometimes those disputes turn physical in nature, which can leave you facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing. As stressful as domestic violence charges and their potential...

If I’m being pulled over, can I avoid a ticket?

It is one of the most common questions drivers have when they get pulled over: how do I avoid this ticket? But, the truth is, there is no guaranteed way to avoid a ticket. However, there are things that you can do to make it more likely that the police officer will...

What are some special issues in a professional divorce?

Doctors, lawyers and other professionals who are involved in a divorce may have a lot of questions about how it will affect both their family lives and their practices. To some extent, a divorce involving a professional works the same as any other Virginia divorce....

Understanding implied consent laws in Virginia

An arrest on DWI charges in Virginia can lead to serious consequences that will impact an individual’s life. A DWI conviction will remain on their record, which may limit their ability to get a job or to keep the one they have. Depending on the circumstances and the...

Avoiding a summertime DWI

Summer is coming soon, which means barbecues, boating, beach trips, concerts and other outdoor activities. Alcohol is a part of many people’s summer events, which means an increased chance of a DWI. DWIs significantly increase during the summertime months of June,...

Five ways to prepare for the property division process

If you’re headed for a high-asset divorce, then you might be worried about the property division process and how it’ll affect your finances. This is understandable. After all, the outcome of your divorce could have tremendous implications in both the short-term and...

Preparing for your custody hearing

In a perfect world, separated Virginia parents would agree on a custody arrangement, and that arrangement would always work smoothly. However, things rarely, if ever, work out this way. The reality is, even if you and your co-parent put forth good faith efforts to...