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HOLCOMB LAW is a proud participant in the 2015 Daily Press Readers’ Choice Awards! The Choice Awards recognizes local businesses for being the best in their field of expertise. But, you don’t just receive an award – you have to earn it – and that’s where we need your help! From Wednesday, September 2nd, to Sunday, September 20th, people across …

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DUI and the Military–Double Trouble!

Military clients: A DUI arrest may have a significant impact on your career in the armed forces as well as your future career if you leave the military. It is important that you understand the potential consequences of a DUI, including those military and those civilian. The Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Article 111 deals with the military DUI: …

What Do We Tell the Children?

Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Your Divorce Sarah and John tried everything to save their marriage: counseling, vacations, even a trial separation. Yet the fights continued. So, after nights of one or the other sleeping in the guest room, after days of crying, talking, and soul searching, the couple realized that divorce was their last, best option. Although …

Child Support FAQs

What is Child Support? Child support is the monetary obligation that a noncustodial parent/responsible party (parent who does not have physical custody of their child) pays to the parent who does (custodial parent).  In Virginia, both parents are financially responsible for the child, but the law presumes that the parent with whom the child is living provides for many of …

Can you Film the Police?

In recent years Courts have issued conflicting opinions about a citizen’s right to film the police. For example, one Federal Court held in 2011 that, although not unqualified, “a citizen’s right to film government officials, including law enforcement officers, in the discharge of their duties in a public space is a basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First …

The Question Must be Why NOT Try Mediation?

In any legal dispute, to include divorces, Mediation is an option you can use to minimize your costs in terms of legal fees, to maintain more control over what happens to you, and to more likely get to a more satisfactory result. In a divorce, for example, a lot is at stake: all your property and your children–and your life …

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What is a Thrift Savings Plan, and Who Owns It Now?

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement plan for Federal employees and uniformed service members similar to a civilian “401(k)” plan. Why does it matter if I have a TSP account? During your divorce, your TSP matters because the Court may divide it during an equitable distribution hearing.  An equitable distribution hearing is when the Court determines how the …

What is a Survivor Benefit Plan, and How is it “Divided?”

The Spousal Benefit Plan (SBP) is an annuity plan to provide an income source to a surviving spouse upon the death of a service member.  The SBP is not a free program, in fact, you must pay a monthly premium based on the “base amount” or benefit level elected. When can I get the Survivor Benefit Plan? SBP is a …

What is Spousal Support, and What’s the Law?

Spousal support, often known more commonly as alimony, is used not to punish one spouse, but to support a financially dependent spouse in the event of a pending divorce and/or after a divorce.  Spousal support can be established either by an agreement between the divorcing parties or upon award by the Court.  In Virginia, there is no “right” to spousal …