How to Find Out If There Are Hidden Assets in Your Divorce

Division of marital property is a commonly contested issue in divorce. Virginia law calls for “equitable distribution” of property, which means dividing the marital assets fairly. A court will consider various factors when deciding what is “equitable,” one of those being the monetary and nonmonetary contributions of both spouses. Some spouses try to hide or disguise assets to keep them from being divided with the Read More

The 3 Types of Virginia Protective Orders

A protective order is a legal document issued by the court. Any person who is a victim of an act of violence, act of force, or who has been subjected to threats of bodily injury, sexual assaults or death, must ensure that a Virginia Protective Order is issued as quickly as possible. Although a Protective Order cannot ultimately stop an abuser who intends harm, it does put certain legal protections in place. If an Read More

How Child Custody Mediation Works

Generally, it is better when divorcing spouses can settle their issues between them rather than leaving decisions in the hands of the court. Nevertheless, it is not always easy to come to an agreement, particularly when the issue being decided is custody of your children. Child custody mediation provides a means to resolve this critical issue outside of the courtroom.   The spouses hire a mediator -- a neutral Read More

Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Family Law Attorney in Fredericksburg

Attorneys ask questions for a living – lots and lots of questions. There is nothing at all unusual about you asking your own questions before you trust a lawyer with your case. Although this is not a comprehensive list, below we’ve outlined several questions to give you insight into whether a prospective attorney would be a good fit for your needs. Add to or amend this list based on your concerns and constraints. Read More

How to Shine a Light on Hidden Divorce Assets

According to Forbes Magazine, divorce may actually be dirtier than we previously imagined. A recent survey showed that one in three Americans (31%) admit to lying to their spouses about money, and that is while they are still combining their resources! Imagine the subterfuge as a divorce commences. The Huffington Post also reports that soon-to-be-exes are finding ways to shine a light on hidden (or almost hidden) Read More

Types of Child Custody in Virginia

Who will receive primary custody of your children after your divorce? This question and questions like it are far from academic. It is difficult to eat, sleep, or even think straight until you know where your children are going to reside. Virginia does not automatically favor either the mother or father. It does, however, recognize several types of custody, including: Physical Custody There are different types of Read More

Tips for a Better Child Custody Mediation Experience

There is a no more contentious topic on the face of the Earth than children, particularly as their parents struggle with custody decisions. In an effort to find some sense of resolution, courts frequently require divorcing or separating parents to attend child custody mediation. Mediation can be useful, particularly if you are able to follow these important tips, says Dr. Philip M. Stahl in Parenting After Read More

5 Strategies for Finding Your Spouse’s Hidden Assets in a Divorce

Unfortunately, in a high net worth divorce, hidden assets are common. Hiding can be done slyly and creatively. An employer may delay payment of a bonus. Assets may be surreptitiously transferred to friends or relatives. It may appear that money has been paid for business services or goods that in fact were never actually purchased. If you think your spouse has hidden assets, here are five smart and ethical strategies Read More

Ensuring a Fair Divorce Between High Net Worth Partners

As the saying goes, life is not fair. Often, neither is a high net worth divorce. Even if you and your spouse hammer out a financially equitable split of the diverse assets you own, the divorce’s unpredictable emotional effects aren’t as easily compartmentalized and distributed. Whether you caught your significant other cheating or feel resentful because you sacrificed a budding career to be with someone who now no Read More

7 Considerations for High Net Worth Divorces

No matter how big your house is or how diverse and flush your portfolio, nothing can prepare you fully for the stress and grief of divorce. The process unleashes powerful emotions and leads to fighting and resentment, even when both parties agree that parting is in their best interest and even when both strive to act ethically and compassionately towards one another. A high net worth divorce – where significant Read More