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Custody FAQ: What if I can’t afford a lawyer in Virginia?

Question: Can I file for Virginia custody, visitation, or support on my own if I can’t afford an attorney? Answer: Yes, you may petition the Court and file for custody, visitation or support on your own as a “Pro Se” litigant (i.e. without a lawyer). This is done by contacting your local Court Services Unit Intake Office to schedule an …

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How is Child Support Calculated in Virginia?

Oftentimes, people think child support is based on one factor – how much the noncustodial parent makes. While that certainly is a part of the calculation of the monthly obligation, there are actually several factors that can affect the child support amount owed to custodial parents, these factors include, but are not limited to: The number of children the monthly …

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Small Mistakes – Big Consequences – Don’t Give Hampton Roads Police Officers Reasons To Pull Your Over

A big part of my job involves defending my clients who have been charged with a crime or traffic violation. Oftentimes, however, this can be avoided. We get several calls from clients saying they were first pulled over for an expired registration, which then led to the officer, for example, finding a small amount of marijuana. A simple (and relatively …

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Does Virginia have “Common Law” Marriages?

A common law marriage is essentially the decision that you and your partner are married, without actually legally being married. Common law marriages in Virginia are one of those rumors that people actually believe. Despite the fact that Virginia does not practice common law marriages, there are 10 states that do. Thus, Virginia will recognize common law marriages as valid …

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Virginia Ignition Interlock – The Basics

Virginia law now requires any individual who is convicted of a DUI to have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle in order to drive on a restricted license. But, what is an ignition interlock system? Interlock devices are installed directly in the ignition system of the car and determines the blood alcohol content (BAC) of an individual. In …