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...]

Living “Separate and Apart” During Quarantine and COVID-19

What should you do if you find yourself looking to separate from your spouse and eventually divorce, but are stuck living in the same house as your spouse for the foreseeable future owing to  COVID-19 … [Read more...]

COVID-19, Virginia and Child Custody

In recent weeks, the world has seen many changes due to the impact of COVID-19. The spread of this virus has impacted the world in many ways, including a likely significant impact on custody and … [Read more...]

Equitable Distribution and the Division of Military Retirement Benefits in Divorce

In Virginia, the court divides marital property in a process that is called “equitable distribution.” Specific assets that the court is given express authority to distribute include the marital share … [Read more...]

What can I do during COVID-19 to change custody & visitation and child support in Virginia?

As we as a nation face the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, many courts around the country have been forced to shut their doors to the public and severely limit the types of hearings judges can … [Read more...]

Adultery & Spousal Support in Virginia

In Virginia, a spouse who committed adultery during the marriage is generally barred from receiving spousal support when a complaint for divorce on the basis of adultery is filed. Even if the divorce … [Read more...]