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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…
I’ve Been Served With A Protective Order, What Do I Do Now?

I’ve Been Served With A Protective Order, What Do I Do Now?

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Protective Orders can be one of the most alarming and hard to understand aspects of family law. A spouse can get a protective order against you and have you removed from the home within a matter of hours. Then you will have to stay out of the home…
What is “status quo” in custody cases?

What is “status quo” in custody cases?

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Anyone that has gone through a custody or visitation battle in court, or is about to, may have heard the term “status quo.” Status quo, in terms of custody and visitation, means the schedule the parties have been following prior to court. The cour…
What Can I Do About a False Child Protective Report in Virginia?

What Can I Do About a False Child Protective Report in Virginia?

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In contested family law matters, child protective services often gets involved where there are concerns of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of children. CPS takes reports from family members, as well as other members of the community anonymously an…
The Other Parent Won’t Let Me See My Child; What Can I Do?

The Other Parent Won’t Let Me See My Child; What Can I Do?

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Withholding of a child from visitation from their other parent can be a serious factor for the court to consider in any custody or visitation case. In some situations, the court will intervene by either changing custody completely, or by ordering …
What is Family Law?

What is Family Law?

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Our firm focuses primarily on the practice areas of family law and estate planning, but often non-lawyers will ask “what is ‘family law’ anyway?” It encompasses a broad spectrum of practice areas from divorce to custody and everything in between. …
Divorce During COVID-19

Divorce During COVID-19

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For couples that were facing separation and divorce before the stay-at-home order, Executive Order 55 added complication to the separation process. In order for couples to divorce based on separation in Virginia, they must have been living separat…
Custody Exchanges During COVID-19

Custody Exchanges During COVID-19

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In Executive Order 55, Governor Northam issued a stay-at-home order for all non-essential purposes and limited social gatherings to less than 10 people in Virginia. The order specifically addressed child custody and visitation, stating that indivi…
Is Mediation Right for My Case?

Is Mediation Right for My Case?

Written by Melone Hatley, P.C. on . Posted in , .
Is Mediation Right for My Case?  The divorce process can be unfamiliar, stressful, and painful during an already difficult time in your life. Facing the legal system for the first time while dealing with personal affairs can add complicat…

We’re Separating… Do I Need a Parenting Plan in Virginia?

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A parenting plan is a written agreement between parents who are divorcing, or maybe have never been married but no longer wish to live together, that outlines the responsibilities and expectations for custody, visitation, financial obligations, an…

Working Through the Unique Issues of a Grey Divorce

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Even though the U.S. divorce rate has pretty much leveled off and even decreased over the past two to three decades, the divorce rate for couples over 50 years of age has increased dramatically and now accounts for over 25% of all divorces.  There…

Can I Get an Annulment in Virginia?

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The simple answer is yes, but in very limited situations.  In the Commonwealth of Virginia, marriage is considered a contract between two people, and with it come obligations and certain legal rights.  Unlike a divorce, which is the dissolution of…
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