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Family Law

Finding a way out of an abusive relationship

Sometimes it is difficult to realize at what point a relationship turned sour, what the triggers were or the causes. Victims of domestic abuse often blame themselves for what is happening and feel powerless to get out, change the dynamic, or even call it by name. The...

Financial aspects of a Virginia divorce

Dividing assets is an important part of any divorce in Virginia, but for couples with significant assets, the division of their assets can be especially critical. Understanding how courts approach the division of assets in a Virginia divorce can help a person complete...

How is “personal effort” factored in when dividing property?

In a Virginia divorce, property division is often a source for dispute. This is especially true in a marriage with substantial assets. Whether it is a high-asset divorce or one of more modest means, both sides may lay claim to either a property that was initially...

Tips for getting through your divorce

Divorce is rarely an easy endeavor. It can be fraught with emotions and pain, and it can be difficult to see the road ahead. But as challenging as it may be to see hope for the future, you should recognize that there are things that you can do to make life...

What are my custody options if I am a victim of violence?

As is the case with other states, Virginia has laws on the books designed to protect victims of domestic violence who are involved in child custody and parenting time disputes. The law allows judges in this state may consider any history of domestic abuse that...

Why is it important to establish paternity?

Many Virginia fathers may not realize it but they do not have parental rights unless they have established paternity of their children. If the father is married to the mother, there is generally no need to establish paternity. However, in the case of unmarried...

The Gates’ divorce: What we learn about a high-asset divorce

Even when it is mutually agreed to, ending a marriage is not an easy life event to go through. It is often heavy with emotions, and when a couple has much wealth, it can be especially challenging to sort through each and everything. A high-asset divorce can involve...

Ex-spouse in violation of a court order? Here are your options

Court orders are meant to be followed. That’s why parties to a divorce case work hard to develop the best arguments possible in hopes of obtaining a favorable order. But despite the power of the court, not everyone listens to a judge or his or her orders. This is...

3 challenging prospects in property division

A divorcing couple will likely face numerous challenges as they move through the legal process. From negotiations centering on financial matters such as child support and spousal support to negotiations that must take lifestyle changes into consideration such as...

How to financially prepare for divorce

The saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," certainly applies to divorce. The more you prepare yourself ahead of time, the easier the process will be. And the less likely it will be that you will have to go back to get your divorce order amended...