Sarah G. Buitrago is experienced in handling a wide array of family law matters in Virginia, including divorce; property division; custody, visitation, and support matters; post-divorce modification and enforcement matters; premarital agreements; protective orders; and adoptions. Sarah particularly enjoys working on domestic litigation cases that consist of complex financial disputes involving high-income earners, closely-held businesses, and business and property divisions.
As the spouse of an active-duty service member, Sarah is well-versed in the unique issues that arise in the context of military divorces. She has the working knowledge necessary to zealously represent both service members and civilian spouses, in particular as it relates to the division of active duty and reserve military pensions, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP); the interplay between Federal and Virginia law concerning the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act; the varied treatment of disability pay; the intricacies of the survivor benefit plan; and the rules and regulations pertaining to Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).
Sarah has been recognized as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine for Domestic Relations, as well as a “Top Lawyer” in CoVaBIZ and “Top 10 Attorneys Under 40 in Virginia” by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. Sarah was a 2021 attendee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Family Law Associates, taught by a nationally renowned faculty of Academy Fellows. Sarah is also a member of the I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court.
Selected as a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers peer review, 2024.
Listed as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (Family Law), Virginia Business Magazine, 2021
Attendee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Family Law Associates, June 2021
Selected as one of Coastal Virginia Magazine’s, “Top Lawyers”, 2020 and 2021
Top 10 Attorneys Under 40 in Virginia, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2018 and 2019
Moot Court Board Member, Regent University School of Law, 2012-2013
Intern, The United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 2011
I’Anson Hoffman American Inn of Court; Barrister
Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference Annual Bench-Bar Dinner in Celebration of Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession, Sponsorship Committee
Virginia State Bar; Family Law Section
Virginia Bar Association; Domestic Relations Section
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; Family Law Section
Virginia Beach Bar Association; Young Lawyers Committee Chair 2022
Military Spouse J.D. Network; Founding Member