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Family Law and Estate Planning Blog

Family law issues that can arise in workers’ compensation

When a person suffers an injury in the workplace, the effects can be disastrous for the worker and the worker’s family, both economically and emotionally. In some cases, the family is unable to restore their lives to the way they were prior to the injury, and they may have to go to family court to […]

Parenting agreements in child custody cases

Most child custody cases can be resolved prior to going to trial. Negotiations between the parents and their attorneys or mediation, which is a form of alternate dispute resolution, can result in a parenting agreement, which is a written agreement outlining the couple’s decisions concerning all issues relevant to child custody and visitation. It is […]

Parental communication helps pave the way for a reasonable visitation schedule

When couples with irreconcilable differences end their marriage through a divorce, the bonds between the spouses are effectively severed. Each party can proceed with his or her life separately. However, if a soon-to-be-splitting couple has children, some level of communication between the parents will necessarily linger, particularly once child custody has been determined and reasonable […]

Women Have Usually Trumped Men in Child Custody, But More Men May Win custody Cases

In divorce cases, child custody and child support (its possible financial corollary) have, traditionally, been skewed heavily in the mother’s favor. But changing legal doctrines, social mores and economic factors have been changing the balance. Statistics from recent decades show that women were consistently awarded custody of children from 1993 through 2007 — 83 percent […]

Where There Is a Valid Will There Is a Proper Way to File in Probate Court

The term probate may evoke foreboding thoughts among many who hear it, but essentially the word means the act of validating and recording the will of a deceased person with the court that has jurisdiction. In the case of the commonwealth of Virginia, that court is the Circuit Court, and it is the proper filing […]

Grandparents’ Visitation Rights in Virginia

Grandparents often play an important role in a child’s life, and both grandparent and grandchild may suffer if they are unable to see each other. If one or more parent objects to a grandparent having visitation with a child, grandparents may wonder what their rights are. Virginia courts treat the parent-child relationship as primary, and […]

An Overview of Family Law

Typically, family law attorneys assist people in making and breaking family relationships. Specific areas of representation include marriage and relationship planning, divorce, paternity, child custody and child support. Some family law attorneys also provide assistance in the area of adoption. Marriage Marriage is a legal and business union as much as it is a romantic […]