Family Law Attorney

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Considering divorce? Worried your soon-to-be ex won’t pay child support? Baffled by the military and federal employee divorce process? With Select Law Partners, PLLC, rest assured you’ll receive legal counsel that puts your best interests first.

We do everything we can to help the process go as smoothly and painlessly as possible. Divorce and other family issues don’t have to be ugly and cause resentment. With Select Law Partners, you’ll arrive at a constructive resolution that works for you. Call (855) 541-4867 to speak with an attorney.

Cases We Handle Every Day

Adoption

Are you just starting to consider adoption or are you ready to take the next step? Whether you’re seeking to grow your family or adopt your partner’s child, our family lawyers can help. 

A trusted legal counselor from Select Law Partners will help you understand your legal rights and the complex adoption process. Having a family attorney helps ease the legal burden and frustrating red tape involved with adoption. Call now to learn how we can assist you during this exciting time.

Prenuptial, Premarital Agreements

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No matter how unromantic this may sound, marriage is a legal contract with financial implications.

That’s why a prenuptial agreement is beneficial for both parties. 

It’s a chance for you and your spouse to address important, sometimes difficult or contentious, questions about premarital assets and debts, children, property, business, and even retirement — all before you ever get married.

A marriage ending in divorce can have profound consequences for both parties. We can help you create an inclusive prenuptial agreement to protect yourself and your family. Call now to learn more about making a prenuptial agreement with Select Law Partners.

Uncontested and Contested Divorce

When you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement about all the issues pertaining to your divorce, from property division to child custody, we can help you move forward with an uncontested divorce under state law. This can be quicker, and much less expensive, than a contested divorce.

However, many spouses can’t agree about everything during the divorce process. Contested divorces are common, whether the disagreement is about child custody, spousal support, property division, or the divorce itself. If you’re in this situation, we can help you file a contested divorce. 

The divorce process can be stressful and overwhelming, and state divorce laws complicate it even more. Our family law attorneys do everything we can to make the process uncomplicated and efficient, while prioritizing your best interests. 

From uncontested divorces to complex divorce litigation, we customize our approach to our clients’ specific needs, keeping communication open and respectful.

Marital Property Division

North Carolina and Virginia are both equitable distribution states, which means all marital property gets distributed between spouses in a manner that the court determines to be fair. Our attorneys will discuss the specific factors the court will consider in your case and help ensure you receive your rightful settlement.

Child Custody

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Family law issues are more sensitive when children are involved.

Our family lawyers provide compassionate and experienced legal advocacy to families who need assistance with child custody disputes.

We help our clients come to an agreement by understanding the two types of custody: legal and physical.

Legal custody includes making important decisions about a child’s life, such as where the child will go to school and what kind of medical care they require. Physical custody determines where a child will regularly live. The court may award parents legal, physical, joint, or sole custody.

“Best Interests of the Child” Standard

North Carolina and Virginia courts use the “best interests of the child” standard to determine custody. We frequently work with families who need assistance with child custody disputes, which are resolved based on what is in the child’s best interests.

The court considers many factors in determining the right placement for the child, including but not limited to:

  • Child’s age, physical needs, and mental condition;
  • Child’s changing developmental needs;
  • Parents’ ages, physical conditions, and mental conditions; and
  • Existing relationships between the child and each parent.

Child and Spousal Support

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The law requires parents to provide financial support for their minor children. If a child’s parents are divorced or separated, it’s important that the parent with physical custody receives financial support from the other parent. Child support provides for the living necessities and other expenses related to the care of the child(ren).

Courts examine many factors when determining child support, including:

  • Each parent’s income;
  • Number of children within the relationship;
  • Number of children outside of the relationship; and
  • Custodial schedule.

Our family attorneys also provide representation for clients facing spousal support issues. Spousal support affects single-income couples facing divorce or working couples with significant income differences. 

The court examines many factors when determining spousal support. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Length of the marriage;
  • Financial needs, obligations, and resources of each spouse;
  • Age as well as physical and mental health of each spouse;
  • Financial contributions to the marriage; and
  • Standard of living the couple achieved during the marriage.

Military & Federal Employee Divorces

North Carolina and Virginia are home to thousands of federal employees and military members. There are special circumstances for these employees that must be taken into consideration during divorce proceedings. Select Law Partners has significant experience resolving military and federal employee divorce cases.

We can provide you with the knowledge and background you need to manage the special considerations that come with a military or federal employee divorce.

Methods Centered on Resolution

Sure, there are times when court is the only option for settling a contentious divorce. But in most cases, the parties just want the process to go as smoothly as possible. Attorneys at Select Law Partners believe open communication and respect are the keys to more healthy, resolution-based divorces or custody proceedings. We utilize methods of collaboration and meditation to arrive at a more agreeable, less expensive, and more respectful resolution without ever having to step into a courtroom.

Collaboration

mediation family law attorneyInstead of a confrontational court proceeding, Select Law Partners can help you and your spouse craft an agreement that focuses on both of your needs, creating a space of mutual respect instead of hostility or resentment. Through constructive discussion, we’ll help you communicate and identify possible alternatives.

Mediation

Family law matters are sensitive and often require a more humane approach to dispute resolution than taking the matter to court. Our firm is proud to offer constructive mediation to resolve a divorce or custody dispute.

Mediation allows you to communicate your needs, interests, and concerns in a healthy way, helping you move on from the divorce without arguments and vindictiveness. Mediation fosters sincere communication and diplomacy rather than hostility.

Want to learn more about collaboration and mediation? Our family lawyers are happy to help. Call (855) 541-4867 now.

Why You Can Trust Select Law Partners

Honesty

Honesty is a core value at Select Law Partners, PLLC. Our attorneys are open and honest with our clients, which enables them to make better-informed decisions and obtain more favorable outcomes in their cases.

From the minute you hire Select Law Partners as your family law attorneys, we’ll engage in open dialogue about your rights and what you can expect from us. We’ll be honest with you about your case, including potential weak points, and we’ll make sure you thoroughly understand your legal options. When you’re faced with a family law issue, you can count on us to offer sound advice and wise counsel.

Communication

Open and honest communication is essential in any attorney-client relationship. We understand that you and your family may be facing one of the most challenging times in your life, so we won’t sugarcoat the situation. The first step in resolving an issue is to understand its ins and outs.

We’ll take the time to learn about your family dynamics and goals and address your questions and concerns. At Select Law Partners, you get the one-on-one attention you deserve with the effectiveness of having an entire legal team on your side.

Each of our attorneys is dedicated to providing custom representation for clients in family law matters, from divorce to child custody. We understand these are challenging times in your life, and we’ll work together with you towards a resolution.

Our Family Law Attorneys

Sarah G. Goding

Sarah has extensive experience assisting federal employees, military service members, and their spouses navigating divorces, child custody, and child and spousal support matters. Sarah is also a mediator and certified collaborative divorce attorney who helps clients reach successful settlements without expensive, lengthy litigation. Read Sarah’s full profile here. 

Ben Brasfield

Ben has been practicing family law since 2015, specializing in divorce, child custody, and visitation issues. He also has experience handling domestic violence cases and a deep understanding of the link between criminal and family law matters. Read Ben’s full profile here.

Matthew Kurylo

Matthew is committed to providing high-quality representation to families. He handles family law cases involving divorce, military divorce, child custody, child support, and property division. He also provides mediation services related to family law issues. Read Matthew’s full profile here.

Our Family Law Attorneys Provide the Guidance You Need To Navigate This Difficult Time

Family law matters are complicated. Whether you’re considering divorce or are in the middle of a contentious child custody dispute, the attorneys at Select Law Partners, PLLC, will do everything we can to make the process as efficient and pain-free as possible.

From a simple, uncontested divorce to complex divorce litigation, we customize our approach to the specific needs of our clients.

Call us at (855) 541-4867 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

 

Areas We Serve

Virginia

  • Alexandria
  • Manassas
  • Fredericksburg
  • Fairfax
  • Herndon
  • Manassas
  • Roanoke
  • Stafford

North Carolina

  • Cornelius

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