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

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

6 Tips Preparing for Child Custody Mediation with Your Attorney

Child custody can be one of the most contentious issues during the divorce process. Even when both parents want to collaborate and develop solutions that will protect children from harm and meet each other’s scheduling needs, issues can erupt that can complicate the process and lead to heated discussions or, even worse, litigation. If you and your spouse work together to create your own parenting plan without court Read More

Is It Possible To Have a Partial Divorce Settlement?

When both parties in a divorce proceeding are unable to agree on at least one issue, the matter is known as a contested divorce. In many cases, it is better to attempt to settle a divorce outside of court. However, in many instances that is easier said than done. Fortunately, Virginia law allows the parties to settle the issues they can while presenting the contested points to a judge for final determination. This is Read More

What Will My Divorce Cost?

Like any other legal process, getting a divorce costs money. The full price of the process, however, largely depends on the individual case. Consider the following costs associated with divorce in Virginia: Legal Fees and costs In most cases, attorneys bill by the hour. This means that for every hour an attorney works on a case, they bill a certain, previously agreed upon amount. This amount can range from a few Read More