Family Law

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...

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...