Protective Orders in Virginia

Thinking of filing for a protective order? There are a few things to know before heading to file. In the state of Virginia, there are three (3) types of protective orders: emergency protective order … [Read more...]

Child Support & Shared Custody in Virginia

When two parents separate from each other, it is customary for one parent to file for child support. There is a common misconception that, in the event that the parents equally share custody, neither … [Read more...]

Virginia Family Law: Factors Considered when Determining Child Support

Under the Code of Virginia (VA Code 20-61), paying child support is a legal obligation.  In Virginia, the general rule is that there is never a situation where a parent is not liable for some sort of … [Read more...]

In a Custody Battle? Know What to Ask for When You Go to Court

  The Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes several different types of custody. If you find yourself in a custody battle, either contentious or not, its helpful to know the legal lingo … [Read more...]

What is Service of Process and Why is it Important?

Have you ever been to Court and had the following occur: the other party is not present and the Judge states that there is no service on the party and dismisses the proceedings? That is because the … [Read more...]

Grounds of Divorce in Virginia: What Constitutes Cruelty?

In Virginia, there are two general avenues by which one can obtain a divorce: No Fault or Fault Based. Both of those terms relate to the “grounds of divorce,” which is what you must prove in order for … [Read more...]

Equitable Distribution: What is Hybrid Property?

When spouses in Virginia get divorced, they may ask the court to divide their property. The process of division of property is called “equitable distribution” in Virginia. This process is governed by … [Read more...]

How the Courts Determine Pendente Lite Spousal Support in Virginia

When a husband and wife separate, it is sometimes necessary for one spouse to pay the other spouse alimony or spousal support. In Virginia, there are two general types of spousal support: pendente … [Read more...]

Where Can I Get Divorced?

In order for any court to hear any case, that court must have jurisdiction over both the parties and the subject matter of that case. Virginia, like many states, has a special jurisdictional … [Read more...]

Best Interests of The Child: A Ten Factor Journey, Factor Three

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...]