Religion and Child Custody in Virginia: Who Gets to Decide?

For many parents going through a divorce, being able to guide the religious upbringing of their children is a major concern. This is especially the case when the parents are of a different faith, or one parent is opposed to the child being exposed to any religious teaching or community. This can, of course, be challenging for the child as well, who may be getting conflicting perspectives on faith from each parent. Read More

What Are Some Ways To Make the Divorce Process Easier?

“Divorce” and “easy” are usually not words spoken together in the same breath, and it’s not surprising that this is the case. After all, divorce involves huge emotional, financial, and lifestyle changes: moving out into a new residence, leaving the partner you’ve been with for years for uncertain territory, establishing changed relationships and living situations with children, and adjusting to new financial Read More

Do You Need an Attorney for an Uncontested Divorce?

When it starts to become clear that your marriage is headed for divorce, even an uncontested divorce, you may find yourself facing a whole range of challenges. You might be worried about what’s going to happen to your finances following the divorce, how this decision will impact your relationship with your children, where you will be able to turn for emotional support, or how you will cope with the loss of your Read More

What is the Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce?

“Separation” is one of the most commonly misunderstood and misused words in the area of divorce and family law. Couples often will describe themselves as “separated” when legally they are not considered to be separated. To be legally “separated” in Virginia, various elements must be met that often require more of the parties then they may expect. Below, we will discuss the various meanings of the term separation - Read More

Should I Get a Divorce or an Annulment in Virginia

Deciding to end a marriage is never an easy decision. When the time comes to part ways, emotions can take over, and making decisions can seem overwhelming. In some instances, people may wish that the marriage had never happened in the first place. That’s typically when words like annulment start being tossed around. While an annulment has the function of making a marriage disappear rather than merely terminating it, Read More

5 Signs You Might Need a Divorce Attorney

Divorce is rarely a sudden event, but is usually the resolution of a gradual breakdown of the marriage over a course of several years. Every marriage has its difficulties, and many marriages have been restored even where a split seemed likely, but there are also times when it is in your best interest to talk to a divorce attorney about your rights and the potential outcomes in a divorce. Speaking with a divorce Read More

How to Deal With a Difficult Spouse During Divorce

Anyone who has been through a divorce knows that it is an emotionally trying process. Even the most amicable of splits can involve disagreements, arguments, and difficult compromises. Having to deal with a difficult spouse just makes the already-traumatic process that much harder. Even if it seems impossible, you will get through it. Here are a few things you can do that will help ease the pain when your Read More

Why More Couples are Opting for Mediation

Divorce is never easy. Even the most amicable of splits can be emotionally trying when it comes down to dealing with logistics. That stress is only compounded by lengthy and costly court proceedings. The desire to alleviate the stressful formalities of traditional divorce proceedings is leading more and more couples to pursue alternative means of dispute resolution, like mediation. When Is Mediation An Read More

Advice for Divorcing Dads Who Want to Retain Child Custody

Dads going through the divorce or other custody process in Virginia often believe the system is rigged against them. This frustration can boil over into a cynicism about the family law process, causing them to give up their rights or to act out in ways that may hurt their case. No doubt that family law and custody issues can be emotionally trying and many fathers do not want the courts to be involved in their Read More

How to Go Back to a Maiden Name After a Divorce

Maybe you’ve already been through the divorce process in Virginia, or maybe you’re just looking into your options for a divorce and trying to wrap your head around the sometimes overwhelming list of issues you’ll need to deal with if you decide to move forward with a divorce. For women who have taken their husband’s last name in a marriage, one issue is this: “What happens to my last name following a divorce?” The Read More