Deciding Whether Mediation is Right for Your Virginia Divorce

“Mediation” and “divorce” may at first seem like contradictory concepts to those entering into the divorce process in Virginia - after all, if two people cannot find a way to stay together, how are they going to be able to work out the complex issues of their divorce together? But more and more divorcing couples in Virginia and elsewhere are indeed finding that mediation is the most mutually beneficial way to Read More

FAQ About Divorce Mediation in Virginia

While the drama of movies such as Kramer v. Kramer and its progeny have helped perpetuate the myth that divorce is inevitably a knock-down-drag-out zero-sum-game battle between formerly loving spouses, the reality is that most people entering the divorce process want to work through it with as little drama and strife as possible. There are certainly pitfalls along the way to achieving that result, as divorce does Read More

Big Changes Coming to Spousal Support (Alimony) Taxation in 2019

Much attention has been given to the corporate and individual tax rates that have been cut as a result of the new tax bill signed into law by President Trump in late 2017. But one of the most significant yet less discussed provisions of the new tax law is the changes to taxation for spousal support (or “alimony” as it is often called), which affects both the person paying the spousal support and the person receiving Read More

Can I Start Dating During a Divorce in Virginia?

One of the most common questions divorce lawyers in Virginia (or anywhere for that matter) get from clients is if it is okay to start dating during divorce proceedings. To be clear, there is no law against dating while married; however, there is a law against adultery.  Dating or pursuing a relationship while married is a major factor leading to a divorce, but dating while you are in the process of getting a divorce Read More

Do I Need to Go to Court to Get an Uncontested Divorce in Virginia?

Outside of those who work in the legal field, the idea of going to court can be intimidating, to say the least. Many people fear speaking to a judge, or saying the wrong thing, or even just the logistics of knowing where to be and when. Getting a divorce is one of the more common reasons people might have in their lifetime for being in court, but many individuals in Virginia seeking a divorce wonder whether there is Read More

Will Medical Marijuana Affect My Virginia Child Custody Case?

Laws and cultural views toward marijuana, and specifically medical marijuana, are changing rapidly in the United States. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have at least some laws on the books legalizing medical marijuana, and several states have legalized recreational use (marijuana use remains a federal crime, however). With medical marijuana becoming more accepted on the whole, an important question Read More

Abuse and Custody Proceedings in Virginia: What You Should Know

Domestic abuse is an epidemic across Virginia and the rest of the United States, and it often plays a role in family law proceedings. Abuse is a leading factor that leads to a person seeking divorce and/or custody of a child, and Virginia courts will take domestic abuse into account in determining custody matters. You should speak to an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options Read More

Can the Police Arrest Me if I Refuse to Answer Their Questions?

When a police officer is staring you down with a list of questions - whether in a traffic stop, at your front door, or out in public - it can be hard to know what your rights are. You might have some sense that you do have rights, based on cop and lawyer shows you might have seen or news articles, but trying to figure those rights out in the moment and assert them is a challenge. One of the most well-known rights is Read More

Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer If We Agree on Everything?

As family law attorneys, we know that most people don’t dream of the day when they get to consider hiring a divorce lawyer (although some are certainly more eager than others). When people think of hiring a lawyer, they think of the expense, of having a stranger potentially learn about financial and emotional details in their lives, and the possibility that hiring an attorney might make their partner upset or feel Read More

Does Hiring a Divorce Attorney Make Things Better or Worse?

It’s a refrain you hear both in real life and in the movies and TV when the topic of a pending divorce comes up: “no lawyers.” As lawyers ourselves, we are certainly familiar with the concept that, for some people, the idea of lawyers conjures up a less-than-flattering image of vultures swooping into an already challenging scene and just making things worse. The goal of “no lawyers” can be a tempting option for Read More