1. Your Family Law Attorney and Divorce Mistakes

    While every divorce is unique, there is still a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Divorces can get intense and rather sticky, but there are still ways you and your spouse can make the process smoother and quicker. It is a sad thing, but there are those who intentionally commit common mistakes that often hinder the divorce process. There are also many people who hinder the divorce process u…Read More

  2. Is It Hers Or Is It Ours?

    Clients in a divorce proceeding have a lot to deal with, child support, custody, visitation, and the division of all the real and personal property that the parties own. I often receive the question, "how will the property be divided when we go to court?" In Virginia, the division of property in a divorce depends upon what kind of property must be divided as defined by Va. Code § 20-107.3. There …Read More

  3. Can an Abuser Force My Child to Return to a Foreign Country?

    It can take years to garner the strength to leave an abusive relationship, particularly if you have an abusive partner with money and political power.  In foreign countries a partner and child subject to physical abuse from the other partner often seek refuge in the United States from such abuse.  Our country's immigration laws may allow qualifying individuals to petition for asylum where they a…Read More

  4. Obtaining Temporary Support in Virginia

    Separating from a spouse or partner can be one of the most stressful experiences in a person's life. If there are children involved, that stress is often intensified – custody and child support are usually some of the biggest concerns in a divorce. Many people turn to the court system with the expectation that their case will be handled in a swift manner. Unfortunately, in the absence of an emer…Read More

  5. You Want the Kids and My Life Insurance?

    After an unfortunate decline in the marriage relationship, you and your spouse have agreed that a divorce would be best for both of you. Despite agreeing you both need a divorce, you can't seem to agree on anything else. After weeks or months of back-and-forth negotiation you have finally settled on everything from child custody, spousal support, and who will get the set of decorative silver butte…Read More

  6. Can I Make a Contract with My Spouse?

    It's a familiar story: man meets woman, they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. Turns out, many find "happily ever after" is not really forever. Death or divorce can permanently end any marriage. People are getting married later in life and, consequently, have substantial savings or other assets they bring with them in a marriage that must be protected if the marriage ends. Som…Read More

  7. Virginia Child Custody Options

    Child custody can be one of the most contentious aspects of divorce and family law. If both parents want their child to live with them, it can create a zero-sum situation where litigation is inevitable. Before deciding on a course of action, there are several considerations parents should be aware of. First, it is important to differentiate between legal and physical custody. Legal custody is havi…Read More

  8. The Most Common Divorce Traps Men Fall Into

    When a marriage is moving towards its unfortunate conclusion, husbands and fathers tend to fall victim to various emotional traps. Frequently, husbands think they can make legal concessions to as a last-ditch effort to save their marriage by making grand gestures. Sometimes these gestures are monetary, meaning husbands will concede financial rights in an effort to win their wife back. Others can b…Read More

  9. Child Custody Laws And How They Affect Teenagers

    Child Custody Laws And How They Affect Teenagers With TATE BYWATER family law attorneys on your side, your divorce can go through without a hitch. When you decide to go forward with a divorce, there are many questions you may have about the process. The most important question you may have- What will happen to my kids? Our family law attorneys are here to help you and your family throughout his t…Read More

  10. 5 Steps To Choosing The Right Divorce Lawyer

    If you feel your marriage is beyond repair, it's best to consult with a family law attorney sooner rather than later. Going through a divorce can be emotionally and mentally taxing and it can be difficult to know where to turn for proper legal counsel. Follow these five steps to find the divorce attorney that's right for you: 1.  Know What You Want Before rushing out to hire just any divorce atto…Read More