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Family Law

Can I move if I have a custody order?

Having a custody order has many benefits. A good custody order provides each parent with a clear understanding of their custody rights and obligations and sets out a specific custody schedule designed to maximize each parent’s time with the child. However, most of us...

Is parental alienation harming your relationship with your child?

If you’re reading this blog post, then you know that child custody disputes can quickly become heated. The lashing out and the harsh exchanging of words can be harmful to you, your child’s other parent, and, more importantly, your child. But sometimes antagonistic...

Reasons to establish paternity in Virginia

Families come in all shapes and sizes these days. It's not at all uncommon for a couple in Virginia to live together and have a child together even if they are not married. These couples, like married couples, do not always see relationship success and may break up....

Keeping costs down during high-asset divorces

Divorce can be complicated, messy and expensive. That is just the reality of the divorce process. However, that does not mean that it must be such a costly and gut-wrenching experience. Instead, if the couple can agree to work together to start their new life, costs...

Factors considered when setting up a visitation schedule

Every parent wants the best for their child, and unmarried parents who share a child may face difficult choices and challenges when setting up a visitation schedule. When an agreement on visitation with the other parent cannot be reached and the court must set a...

Spousal assault: a fault-based divorce may be your best option

Violence against one’s spouse – there are few things more abhorrent. And yet, it happens all too frequently. Your home is where you’re supposed to be safest, surrounded by those you love and trust. When violence is committed against you, by your own spouse, it can...

The effect of domestic PPOs on custody decisions

When couples get into fights, they say and do things that they may later regret. In the heat of the moment, it may feel like the right thing to do, but the fallout from a domestic dispute can have severe consequences for the accused, especially when there are children...

How a request for spousal support may be handled

A topic that often comes up during many divorces is the subject of spousal support. One spouse may be asking for spousal support while the other spouse may be reluctant to agree to make a financial payment to their former spouse on a monthly basis following their...

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...