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We want our clients to be informed – not only about the deatils of their own case, but about their rights and options as written in Virginia law. The collection of blog posts below will help our readers learn more about family law in Virginia, from changes in state laws, to wasy-to-understand summaries of your rights, to answers to common questions about divorce law in Virginia. Readers can learn more in our Library – a collection of articles on divorce law, division of property law, child custody law, and domestic violence law.

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Change to Military Retirement Division Has Major Impact in Virginia Divorces

In 2017, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) brought about major changes in how military retirement benefits are divided in Virginia divorce. Prior to the enactment of this law, state courts were not required by the federal government to follow a particular methodology in dividing a servicemember’s military retirement. The typical method of dividing military […]

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benefits of settling child custody cases outside of court

Some people think it strange to hear an attorney talk about the benefits of staying out of court. But in child custody and visitation cases, it is absolutely essential that the client consider the risks and costs associated with litigation, and also the possible benefits of resolving the case by agreement. Please see Ken Hodge’s

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“separate property” in divorce may become marital

Ken Hodge recently wrote an article outlining how separate property, i.e., property owned by one spouse prior to the marriage, can be treated by the Court as marital property to the extent that it increased in value during the marriage. This is an aspect of Virginia divorce law that many clients find surprising and confounding

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Is child custody law in Virginia unfair to fathers?

Virginia Code Section 20-124.2(B) provides: “ “In determining custody, the court shall give primary consideration to the best interests of the child. The court shall assure minor children of frequent and continuing contact with both parents, when appropriate, and encourage parents to share in the responsibilities of rearing their children. As between the parents, there

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