Mediation vs. Litigation: Which One is Right for You?

In a divorce and other family law situations, the typical method of resolving issues is through traditional litigation. However, more people are opting to try a collaborative method of conflict resolution, known as mediation. Depending on the specific particulars of your case, mediation or litigation may be a better option for you, so it is important to understand the difference in order to make the most informed Read More

When to Switch from Mediation to Litigation

Divorce mediation can be a great alternative dispute resolution technique to resolve differences during a Virginia divorce negotiation. However, there are times when mediation is no longer an effective technique and you may be required to switch from mediation to traditional divorce litigation. If you suspect any of the following situations are occurring in your divorce mediation case, you should consider speaking Read More

What to Expect from a Military Divorce in Virginia

Divorce is often a complex and stressful time in a person’s life, but when one or both spouses are in the military, the process becomes even more complicated given the state and federal laws that grant certain protections to service members who are active in the military. If you are considering a military divorce in Virginia, it is critical that you understand how these laws may impact your Read More

What Happens to Student Loan Debt in a Virginia Divorce?

During a Virginia divorce, both the assets and debts of the spouses are totaled and split. This can include student loan debt, which many people in Virginia have incurred and are still paying off when their divorce is initiated. What happens to that student loan debt in the division of assets and debts during a divorce? Who is responsible for the payments? Like most other states, it depends on the situation of the Read More

Why You Should Still Hire an Attorney if You are Getting an Uncontested Divorce

Despite the name, many issues can still arise during an uncontested divorce. While many people believe that they do not need a lawyer for an uncontested divorce, there are many reasons why having a lawyer by your side in an uncontested divorce may benefit your divorce proceedings. Call or contact a family law attorney in your area to discuss how having a lawyer during an uncontested divorce could help Read More

How is Child Custody Determined in Virginia?

Child custody determinations are always made with the child’s best interests in mind, but the considerations vary slightly from state to state. In Virginia, child custody is determined by a number of factors in the state’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts. It is important to understand how child custody is determined in Virginia in order to have the best chance at gaining custody of your child in a Read More

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