Do Grandparents Have Any Custody Rights In Virginia?

Yes. Virginia Code § 20.124.1 states that “a person with a “legitimate interest” shall be broadly construed and includes, but is not limited to, grandparents.” However, in Virginia there is a Parental Presumption. Parental Presumption The Parental Presumption was established in Troxel v. Granville, 530 US 57 (2000). In Troxel, grandparents petitioned a Washington Superior Court for the right to …

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Guardian ad Litem: What’s That?

In many child custody cases, judges will appoint a Guardian ad Litem, also known as a GAL. Guardian ad Litem means “guardian for the suit”. A GAL in Virginia is an attorney who helps assist the judge in determining the circumstances of the case. A GAL’s role is to represent the children in the proceeding. The GAL will speak with …

Working with the Holcomb Law Team

What Wayne, Colleen, and the Holcomb Law Team Can Do For You During Your Case: We understand the disappointment, stress, and frustration that has led you to this point in your life where you are reading a report on divorce, and it seems almost impossible to imagine a future without too much pain and grief.  Maybe at this point you …

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Family Law Myths

Here are a few myths and concerns that we often hear from our clients or potential clients that are really commonly-held “myths”: MYTH: It’s a bad thing if your lawyer is acquainted with, or somehow associates with “the other side.” TRUTH: A lot of people going through a divorce experience tremendous anger toward their soon to be ex-partner. Those feelings are …

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Vote For HOLCOMB LAW in the 2015 Daily Press Choice Awards

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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What Do We Tell the Children?

Tips for Talking to Your Children 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 …

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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 …