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Guardians Ad Litem (GAL) in Virginia

Guardians Ad Litem (GAL) 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). A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is an attorney who is appointed by the court to represen…
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 With Divorce?

What Happens if We Agree With Divorce?

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Sometimes co-parents are able to work out terms and schedules without court involvement. In these cases we are often asked – “Do I still need an attorney?” It’s always advisable to have an attorney review or draft your agreement to fill in any vag…

Who Gets the House? Equitable Distribution in Virginia

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This is one of the first questions most divorce clients ask when they consult with an attorney and the answer, as with most legal questions, is “it depends.” In Virginia, spouses go through a system of property division known as “equitable distrib…

Virginia Marital Separation and Property Settlement Agreement

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While many states provide legal separations which are granted by the courts, Virginia does not. Instead, if a couple would like to separate, they can do so by simply living separate and apart. However, it is recommended that a separation agreement…
How Will The New Marijuana Laws Affect My Custody Case in VA?

How Will The New Marijuana Laws Affect My Custody Case in VA?

Written by Charles Hatley 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

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , , .
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 Vaccination. What Now?

My Ex-Spouse and I Disagree on Vaccination. What Now?

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , , .
If you and the other parent do not agree on a big decision, it can lead to serious issues. Whether you are divorced or not, making decisions regarding your child is generally a joint obligation. Most of these decisions are small, like going to the…
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, …
The Impact of Divorce on Spousal Military Benefits

The Impact of Divorce on Spousal Military Benefits

Written by Rebecca Melone on . Posted in , .
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 …
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.” Types of Discovery The most common forms of disc…
Estate Planning in Divorce

Estate Planning in Divorce

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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…
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