How long will it last? Duration of Spousal Support in Virginia

Any many are aware, Virginia law allows a court to award spousal support—commonly referred to as alimony—to an ex-spouse upon divorce. Such support can be ordered to be made in “periodic payments for … [Read more...]

Living Separate and Apart: Why Should I Memorialize this?

When a couple in Virginia decides to pursue a “no-fault” divorce, they must live separate and apart in excess of six months to a year depending on the circumstances under Virginia Code § 20-91(A)(9).  … [Read more...]

Can Filing for Bankruptcy Stop the Lawsuit Against You?

If you are in the midst of a lawsuit and experiencing financial hardship, filing for bankruptcy may seem like a quick fix that will prevent judgment against you. In some cases, that may be true, but … [Read more...]

Grandparents’ Rights to Custody in Virginia

In Virginia, individuals other than the parents of a child may be able to petition for custody and/or visitation of that child. Specifically, Virginia law allows a “person with a legitimate interest” … [Read more...]

Mediation in Custody, Visitation, and Support Cases

In Virginia, not all petitions for child custody, visitation, or support necessarily go to trial. This is, in part, because the Court must refer the parties in “appropriate cases” to mediation. See … [Read more...]

Best Interests of The Child: A Ten Factor Journey

Any custody or visitation litigation involving a child in the Commonwealth of Virginia will include at some point a consideration of Virginia Code § 20-124.3- a list of ten factors  that the court … [Read more...]

Divorce & Frozen Embryos – What Happens if you Separate?

In today’s world, there is no one way to start a family. The amount of options are almost endless – adoption, foster, surrogacy, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and the list goes on. … [Read more...]

Assault and Battery in Virginia Against a Family or Household Member: First Offender

In Virginia, assault and battery charges where the victim is a family or household member are handled in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. “Family or household member” is defined … [Read more...]

How Should We Handle Stimulus Checks for Separated Couples in Virginia During COVID-19?

By now many people in Virginia have received their stimulus checks provided by the federal government as a means to provide assistance during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Each eligible taxpayer on … [Read more...]

Child Support Payments During COVID-19

In Virginia, 1 in 7 children receive child support payments through the Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE), and more children receive child support payments that do not pass through … [Read more...]