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Do I Really Need a Lawyer? I’m Smart – Can’t I Just Represent Myself?!

Let’s face it, hiring a professional can be expensive, especially if you hire a good professional. There is no denying that you can be smart and still need a professional with experience in a particular field in which you are not trained. Most lawyers I know hire other lawyers to represent them when they are faced with a legal issue. …

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5 Easy Ways To Save Money On Attorney’s Fees

Let’s face it, everyone knows attorney’s fees are expensive and a “great unknown” at the beginning of most lawsuits, which can be stressful and worrisome. Lawyers usually charge for all time spent on a case, of course. While you don’t want the cheapest lawyer in town, almost no one is made of money either.  Here are some helpful tips to …

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Six Things to Do Before Filing for Divorce

Wondering what you should do before filing for divorce? The confusion and frustration can be never-ending! Here is a list I have compiled with some important things to consider, before you file for divorce. 1. Go to a marriage counselor: I see many clients in my office that meet to file for a divorce and haven’t tried to seek marriage counseling …

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Tips to Make Visitation Exchanges Easier

Trust me when I say that custody and visitation cases almost always involve some stress, annoyances, and difficulties, no matter what terms you are on with your ex. Exchanging your child with the opposing party can be frustrating and maddening, however, this is one of those times that you need to put what is best for your child before what …

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In-Home Separation: What’s That?!

One of the requirements for a no-fault divorce in Virginia is you must have lived “separate and apart” from your spouse for a period of six months if you have no minor children and a signed property settlement agreement, or one year if you do have minor children. Many people assume that this means you cannot live in the same …

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Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

In the midst of a bitter custody battle, the person who ends up the most hurt is usually not the parents at all, but the child. It seems obvious, but many forget that it is so important that your child not suffer just because you and the other parent dislike each other or are unable to communicate. It is important …

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Can I Appeal My Custody Case?

The short answer is yes. Most child custody cases are initiated at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (JDR) level. Virginia JDR courts have jurisdiction over both child custody and child support cases. Once your case is heard by the judge, a final order is entered. If you are unhappy with the final order entered by the JDR judge you …

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4 Steps to an Easier Virginia Divorce

Divorce can be a very overwhelming and time consuming process. In addition, you may be feeling hurt, betrayed, abandoned, and even angry. These feelings are natural! However, you cannot let your personal feelings cloud your judgment or affect the outcome of your divorce proceeding. Below are 4 simple steps you can take to help increase the prospect of a positive …

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Custody Lingo: What Does it all Mean?

Custody hearings can be stressful without the confusion of what certain legal terms mean. To help ease the custody process, here are a few helpful vocabulary terms. Temporary Custody – Determines who will have custody of the child while the parties wait for a court hearing. A best interests standard will be applied to determine temporary custody. Legal Custody – The power …