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How Do I Separate from my spouse in Virginia?

How Do I Separate from my spouse in Virginia?

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , .
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…
Guardians Ad Litem in Virginia

Guardians Ad Litem in Virginia

Written by Charles Hatley on . Posted in , .
When going through a custody and visitation case; whether it is part of a divorce or not, the court will generally appoint what is called a Guardian ad Litem (GAL). This person is an attorney who has taken special training who is being assigned to…
So you’re officially divorced … now what?

So you’re officially divorced … now what?

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , .
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?

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

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

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in .
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

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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…
Divorce in the Exceptional Needs Family

Divorce in the Exceptional Needs Family

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, …
How Will the New Marijuana Laws Impact Custody Cases?

How Will the New Marijuana Laws Impact Custody Cases?

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , , .
In 2021 Virginia voted to move up the legalization of recreational use of marijuana to July 01, 2021. As with most new laws there are a lot of questions about how this will impact our day to day lives and, for those with ongoing custody and visita…
What is “Discovery”?

What is “Discovery”?

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , , .
In any family law case, you have the right to certain information from the other party. Whether it’s a divorce, custody, or child support case, your attorney may talk to you about doing “discovery.” The most common forms of discovery are interrog…
Estate Planning in Divorce

Estate Planning in Divorce

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , .
When going through a divorce, there is a lot going on and many people will forget how important it is to update their estate plan. Even a simple divorce can take over a year to finalize and a lot can happen in that year that can jeopardize your fi…
When Should I Seek a Protective Order?

When Should I Seek a Protective Order?

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In any family law situation, whether it’s a divorce, child custody, or support case, emotions can run high and can even turn violent. Family violence has a broad definition and can include physical violence, emotional abuse, threats, threatening b…
Estate Planning During Divorce

Estate Planning During Divorce

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When going through a divorce there are many variables that must be addressed; do you stay in the home, do you sell assets, do you purchase assets, are you going to be able to negotiate an agreement or will this matter be hotly contested. One of t…

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