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

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

Can I Modify Custody in Virginia if My Ex-Spouse or I Get Remarried?

One of the biggest life changes that can occur post-divorce is when either you or your spouse decides to get married again. Whether this happens six months after the divorce or six years later, the understanding that you or your ex-spouse is moving on to another spouse can raise all kinds of issues. When kids are involved, however, these issues go beyond just emotional to more practical; day-to-day matters such as: Read More

Does a House I Already Owned Get Divided in a Virginia Divorce?

It is common for spouses in Virginia - especially those on second marriages or who get married later in life - to live in a house that was purchased by one spouse prior to the marriage and, after which, the other spouse moved into the same house. But what happens if the spouses divorce - does the spouse who moved in have any right to ownership interest in the house after the divorce? Separate and Marital Property in Read More

4 Mistakes to Avoid in a Virginia Divorce That Could Affect Custody

For many parents, the most stressful and emotional aspects of a divorce relate to worries about their ability to maintain a close and loving relationship with their children, both through the divorce and afterwards. We want to do everything we can for our children, and we want to be there for them in the years to come. But the worry over having that relationship strained or impeded by the divorce can cause parents to Read More

Supreme Court Rules Disability Benefits Should Not Be Divided in Military Divorces

In most cases, getting a divorce is a matter of purely state law, but that is often not the case with regard to so-called “military divorces” in which at least one spouse is a current or retired member of the military. Because much of the ongoing income that such individuals receive comes straight from the federal government, federal law impacts how such income should be distributed among divorcing spouses, Read More

My Ex is Talking Badly About Me to Our Children, Should I Confront Him/Her?

Whether you are recently separated and pursuing a divorce, or already divorced and well-entrenched in a custody arrangement with another parent, having your ex-spouse talk badly about you to your children is, at best, annoying and, at worst, creating lasting divisions and damage to your parent-child relationship, which could persist indefinitely. As members of a free society, we are all entitled to voice our Read More

5 Questions to Prepare for Divorce Mediation

Mediation can be a great way for divorcing couples to work out their differences and reach an amicable resolution without arguing their issues in a public, costly, lengthy, and dramatic courtroom battle. When couples work with a divorce mediator, the mediator will guide the two spouses towards mutually beneficial agreements on issues such as property distribution, alimony, child custody arrangements, and visitation. Read More