Articles By: Rebecca Melone

Rebecca Melone established Melone Hatley P.C. in 2014 with the goal of helping families with a range of legal services from estate and family law to traffic tickets and misdemeanor criminal matters. Over the past five years the firm has grown and expanded its services to include a wide range of estate and elder law services. Rebecca has been awarded Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and has been named one of the top family and estate attorneys under 40 in Virginia.

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How Do I Separate from my spouse in Virginia?

How Do I Separate from my spouse in Virginia?

| Rebecca Melone
So you’ve made the difficult decision – the relationship is not working, and you and your spouse need to part ways. What’s first – do  you file for divorce? How do you get separated? For clients already facing a difficult time, figuring out the le…
So you’re officially divorced … now what?

So you’re officially divorced … now what?

| Rebecca Melone
Even after your divorce case is final, the work may not be done. Our clients are often surprised that everything may not be over just because the divorce has been signed. The emotionally draining process of exchanging information, settlement negot…
What Happens if We Agree?

What Happens if We Agree?

| Rebecca Melone
Sometimes co-parents are able to work out terms and schedules that work for them and their family, without having the court involved. In these cases we are often asked – “Do I still need an attorney?” It’s always advisable to have an attorney revi…
Bill Cosby is Released Following Acquittal

Bill Cosby is Released Following Acquittal

| Rebecca Melone
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Bill Cosby prosecution and immediately release him from prison. This ruling has left many wondering what happened and for good reason; the path to this decision was very convoluted an…
How will the new Virginia marijuana laws impact my custody case?

How will the new Virginia marijuana laws impact my custody case?

| Rebecca Melone
As of July 1, 2021 it is legal for adults to possess up to 1 oz of marijuana in Virginia. Many are excited about this change in the law; however, it does come with a few caveats. As with most new laws there are a lot of questions about how this wi…
How Modern Family Structures Are Changing Family Law

How Modern Family Structures Are Changing Family Law

| Rebecca Melone
What a family looks like has been rapidly changing over the past few decades—no longer do we have a common family and are more turning to modern family structures. Beginning in the 1960s and accelerating significantly since then, changes in marria…
My Ex-Spouse and I Disagree on Vaccinating Our Child. What Now?

My Ex-Spouse and I Disagree on Vaccinating Our Child. What Now?

| Rebecca Melone
If you and the other parent do not agree on a big decision that can impact your child, it can lead to serious issues. Whether you are divorced or not, making decisions regarding your child is generally a joint process. Most of these decisions are …
Why Use a Co-Parenting App?

Why Use a Co-Parenting App?

| Rebecca Melone
In contentious custody and visitation matters, the court may order parties to use a third party messaging application or other software to track their correspondence. When evidence has shown high conflict and issues of communication between parent…
Divorce in the Exceptional Needs Family

Divorce in the Exceptional Needs Family

| Rebecca Melone
Families with individuals with exceptional needs will face additional challenges in navigating separation and divorce. Some challenges the courts are equipped to handle, and others are severely lacking. In an ordinary custody and visitation case, …
5 Biggest Mistakes You Can Avoid Making During Divorce

5 Biggest Mistakes You Can Avoid Making During Divorce

| Rebecca Melone
Mistake #1: Waiting Too Long to Get a Divorce. Even as a divorce lawyer, I never want to advise people to rush into divorce; however, we see time and time again the mistakes that good people make when they try to stay in a broken relationship. If…
How to Cope with Divorce as a Christian

How to Cope with Divorce as a Christian

| Rebecca Melone
The topic of divorce is one that is tough for everyone. But when divorce directly conflicts with your faith, getting out of the bad situation can become overwhelming.  When you got married, you likely never gave divorce a second thought; no one sh…
The Impact of Divorce on Spousal Military Benefits

The Impact of Divorce on Spousal Military Benefits

| Rebecca Melone
Going through a divorce is tough and confusing for anyone, military or civilian. But when a military couple decides to get separated or divorced, there are rules that come into play that are not applicable in the civilian world.  Military members …

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