Should I Talk to a Lawyer if Facing Divorce in VA?

When a person is facing the prospect of divorce in Virginia, sometimes he or she does not feel like reaching out to a family law attorney to discuss the matter. There are many reasons why this hesitation to speak with a lawyer might be the case, but common reasons include: Fear that talking to a lawyer will antagonize the other spouse Worry that talking to an attorney will somehow make the divorce become “real” Read More

Child Visitation Laws in the State of Virginia

A parent who does not have custody of a child (also called a noncustodial parent) in Virginia will usually have a right to visitation with the child, even where the parents were never married. However, exercising this right may require the parent to obtain a court order. Below, we provide a brief overview of the child visitation laws in the state of Virginia. The Difference Between Custody and Visitation Both parents Read More

Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Have Joint Custody?

When two parents are working through the divorce process and negotiating issues like divisions of property, custody, spousal support, and child support, so many surprising and new questions can arise. After all, the state (usually) doesn’t step in when you are functioning as a married family to dictate how money is spent and how children are cared for. But to obtain a valid divorce, the court will want to see either Read More

Top 5 Tips on How to Make Child Visitation in Virginia Easier

When marriage is no longer an option for couples with children, making child visitation an optimal situation should be a top goal for both parents. Even the most good-natured children can find living with a visitation schedule a difficult thing to handle. Divorced parents should follow the following five tips to make child visitation in Virginia as easy as possible. 1. Keep Opinions Between Adults. When children hear Read More

Creating a Child Visitation Schedule

When creating a child visitation schedule, it is important for both parents to be considerate of the wants and needs of each other and their child to prevent unnecessary stress and disruption to their lives. Here are some tips to use when planning a visitation schedule. Keep Things Amicable Even though you and your former spouse are no longer married, your child still has two parents. If you and the other parent can Read More