Virginia Family Law Practice Areas
There is perhaps no more sensitive, private, or personal legal practice area than divorce and family law. At Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, P.L.C., we understand the complexity and emotional weight that can accompany legal battles between family members. Our Stafford Virginia family law and divorce attorneys concentrate their practice in matters of divorce, division of property, child custody, child support, spousal support, and domestic violence.
Separation Agreements, often called by a variety of different titles, such as Property Settlement Agreements or Marital Settlement Agreements, are a vital tool in divorce and family law. They can be negotiated to solve a variety of issues in divorce, custody, and property settlement issues that arise in marital separation, divorce, and custody matters. Reaching agreement on these issues is highly recommended in most cases to avoid expensive and unnecessary litigation. But successfully negotiating and drafting these agreements should only be done by an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable in Virginia divorce and family law. The attorneys at Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, P.L.C. understand this, and are experienced in all facets of drafting and negotiating separation agreements that save clients time, money, anxiety, and stress. Let us put our experienced team of attorneys to work for you in reaching an agreement that protects your rights and gives you peace of mind.
Virginia’s laws on child support are not necessarily straightforward or easy. The presumptive child support guidelines are not the beginning, nor the end, of the story in many cases. Without a full understanding of the application of the guidelines and the other statutes governing your child support payment, you or your child could be seriously short-changed. Get an experienced advocate on your side to ensure that Virginia’s child support laws are applied correctly to your case.
The experienced attorneys at Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, P.L.C. understand that spousal support decisions can affect your livelihood and financial situation for years to come—sometimes even for the rest of your life. The judge in a divorce is required to consider a number of different “factors” in determining the amount and duration of the spousal support obligation, but ultimately it is left to the “discretion” of the court, i.e., that which the judge thinks is fair and equitable. Spousal support is a complex and ever changing field of law, and one that demands expert advocacy to achieve the best results, whether inside or outside of the courtroom.
Divorce in Virginia can, and often does, encompass a wide range of family law issues, including marital property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal support. This is because the judge in a divorce case is required to consider those issues when they arise within the divorce case itself. In turn, an understanding of divorce law requires an understanding of a broad range of family law issues. The attorneys at Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, P.L.C. understand that effective representation in a divorce matter requires that the attorney be able to effectively represent the client in all areas of family law, not simply obtaining a dissolution of the marriage.
If you or your spouse is a United States military service member, it is vitally important that your divorce attorney understand Virginia divorce law as it applies to your case. Many special provisions of Virginia divorce law may apply to your situation, whether it is the residency requirement to obtain a divorce in Virginia, the division of military retirement benefits, or the provision of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) protection. If you or your spouse is serving or has served in the United States Armed Forces, you could lose out on important benefits if your attorney does not understand these unique aspects of Virginia divorce law and how they apply to your case.
The equitable division of property can be one of the most complicated and contentious aspects of a divorce. No one should attempt to litigate or negotiate the division of property and debts in a divorce without an experienced attorney. The attorneys at Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, P.L.C. understand the complexities and nuances of Virginia law regarding property division in divorce, and can help you reach a fair result that is consistent with your rights.
Nothing is more important to you than the well being of your children, and we at Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, P.L.C. know that. We also know that success in the area of child custody and visitation requires not just a thorough understanding of the laws regarding custody and visitation. It also demands an appreciation for the paramount importance of these issues for our clients, and a dogged determination to protect their rights as parents and caregivers for their children. No one should ever approach a contested custody or visitation matter without highly trained and experienced legal counsel. We at Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, P.L.C. have extensive experience in all aspects of child custody and visitation, including legal custody, physical custody, visitation, parental relocation, and amendment of child custody, visitation, and child support orders. Don’t leave your children’s welfare or your parental rights to chance. Get an experienced and dedicated child custody attorney on your side.
Domestic violence and false accusation of domestic violence are both shockingly common in Virginia and across the country. At our Stafford, Virginia, family law firm, we have extensive experience in helping the victims of domestic violence as well as those who have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence.