(804) 262-3600

Family Law

Americans are marrying (and divorcing) at later and later ages, and many of us have multiple generations of dependents in our care. We help clients address complex domestic law matters in a compassionate and results-oriented manner.

We provide comprehensive and sophisticated family law representation including:

• Divorce (no fault and contested)
• Child custody and visitation
• Child and spousal support
• Adoptions
• Property settlement agreements and disputes
• Pre-marital agreements; post-marital agreements

Child Custody & Visitation

When tensions are high in divorce, it is easy to lose sight of what is most important: protecting the interests of children in divorce. If you are facing divorce and you have children, you want to make sure that all decisions are made with their best interests in mind.

We work closely with parents in divorce proceedings to stay focused on meeting the needs of each child involved. We can help you establish a child custody and visitation plan that fits your family’s and your child’s needs. Legal options may include joint custody, shared custody, sole custody or physical custody.

A highly contentious and drawn-out courtroom battle is rarely in the best interest of the child, so we will help you seek an out-of-court solution. However, when unavoidable, we are highly skilled litigators ready to fight for your interests in court.

Child Custody Modifications

If you wish to modify a current custody order, our firm can help you seek a modification. These are permitted if a significant change in circumstances has affected one party’s ability to meet the conditions of the existing child custody order. Relocation, drug or alcohol abuse, or a change in the child’s needs may warrant a modification.

Fault and No-Fault Divorce in Virginia

If you are facing divorce, it is important to work with an attorney who understands exactly what is at stake personally and financially. It is not necessary to show that one spouse committed wrongdoing against the other to get a divorce in Virginia. However, to proceed with a no-fault divorce, it is necessary to complete a period of separation, which provides the required grounds. Our firm can help you obtain a separation agreement as a predecessor to your divorce.

A divorce in Virginia can also be based on specific grounds, which include adultery, desertion, cruelty or conviction of a felony. Our firm can explain your legal options if you have specific grounds for divorce.

• Child custody and visitation
• Child support
• Spousal support/alimony
• Property division/settlement agreements

Dividing property in a Virginia divorce is done equitably, and our lawyers will help you receive your fair share and fight for you to receive the property most valuable to you. However, equitable distribution does not necessarily mean that property will be divided 50/50. Rather, property is divided based on what is fair under the circumstances.

Our divorce lawyers can continue to serve you years after your divorce is finalized. If you experience a substantial change in circumstances, for example, it might be necessary to petition the court for a modification to your child support, child custody or alimony order. Such changes could include losing your job, remarrying, needing to move out of state or a change to your health status.