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Family Law 101 - "I Want Full Custody!"

May 22, 2018

“I want full custody!” This is the most common phrase I hear when meeting with a prospective client for an initial consultation regarding a divorce or child custody matter. For a variety of reasons explained below, the usual response to this...

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When Can My Child Testify In Court In A Custody/Visitation Case About Where He/She Wants To Live?

November 01, 2016

I am often told by clients that their child is 12 years old (or fill in the blank with any age 12 or older) and that their child can decide where he or she wants to live. While some states may have statutory or case law setting forth the age after...

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Portability and Pre-Marital Agreements: Who Gets the Benefit?

October 17, 2016

There is a unique interaction between estate taxation and family law which has arisen as a result of the portability election for estate taxes which was enacted several years ago. Portability is the concept of allowing a surviving spouse to...

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Shared Custody

October 01, 2013

I am often asked about the definition of shared custody. The term “shared custody” appears in the child support section of the Code of Virginia, not the custody and visitation section. It refers to circumstances where one party has custody or...

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Premarital Agreements: Prepare at the Beginning to Save at the End

September 30, 2008

Often we receive inquiries from clients regarding premarital agreements and their validity and effect in Virginia. Previously divorced persons and persons marrying for the first time may wish to protect their property in the event of divorce, and a...

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