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Understanding “Privileges” in the Law | Part 2 – Spousal Privilege

As discussed in Part I of this blog post, “legal privileges” may impact what communications can be compelled to be disclosed in discovery or a court proceeding, e.g., questions that must be answered or documents that must be produced. If something is deemed...

What Type of Services Can Spousal Support Attorneys Provide?

If you enter the divorce process, you might have many questions about spousal support attorneys and entitlements — what it is, who pays it, and who gets to make the final decisions about it. In Virginia, family courts have the right to order one party in a divorce to...

How to Pick a Divorce Attorney in Virginia

Deciding that a divorce is the best choice for you and your family takes a great deal of introspection and time. But once you have decided to go ahead with the divorce, you then face the possibly daunting task of how to pick a divorce attorney. Finding the right...

Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce in Virginia

Divorce laws vary from state to state, so it’s essential to understand the rules between uncontested divorce vs. contested divorce proceedings where you live before beginning the legal process of dissolving your marriage. There are residency requirements, filing...

Am I Still Considered “Separated” If My Spouse And I Continue to Reside In The Same Home?

Question: If a married couple has decided to separate and eventually divorce but does not have the means or ability to secure separate residences for themselves during the separation, or if they both refuse to vacate the marital home during the period of separation,...

Understanding “Privileges” in the Law | Part 1 – Attorney-Client Privilege

“Privilege” is a legal concept that often comes up in all types of legal matters, especially in the context of litigation. Privilege impacts what communications can be compelled to be disclosed in discovery or a court proceeding. A part of evidentiary law, privileged...

What is the Meaning of an Uncontested Divorce?

Most people do not enter into divorce proceedings lightly, as it is a serious legal proceeding that has life-altering effects on the parties involved. However, you may not realize that divorce does not need to be a source of extreme conflict or even require any time...

Understanding the Virginia Divorce Process

Here is a quick overview of the types of divorce in Virginia and a general outline of the Virginia divorce process from beginning to end. Keep in mind that this is not intended to be legal advice but rather information to prepare individuals who are dissolving the...

Virginia Custody & Visitation Determinations – What the Court Considers | Part 2

Child custody and visitation in Virginia are determined based on the best interests of the child, after considering 10 specific factors regarding the parents’ physical and mental health, any history of physical abuse in the family, the child’s unique or exceptional...

Virginia Divorce Laws: What You Need to Know

People going through a divorce can experience new emotions, responsibilities, and concerns that they never considered before. Adding the various tasks of successful divorce proceedings under Virginia divorce laws on top of all this can be challenging, which is why so...

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Loudoun County, VA

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Leesburg, VA

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Falls Church, VA

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Kevin S.
Leesburg, VA

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Rockville, MD

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Leesburg, VA

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Richmond, VA