What is the difference between uncontested divorce and contested divorce in Virginia?

In Virginia, when we talk about an “uncontested” divorce, we are simply talking about a divorce where there are no unresolved issues that need to be addressed by the court. Generally speaking, this can be because either 1) the parties to the divorce have already resolve the issues in the divorce with a signed, written…


Legal Separation in Virginia – How it Works

Often clients will ask how to file for “Legal Separation” in Virginia. The quick answer to that question is: you can’t really. It is true that some states (like California) allow people to file for “Legal Separation” – which allows you to deal with a number of issues without actually obtaining a divorce. While Virginia…


Child Custody and Visitation

In order to make sure that your child’s best interests are properly protected, it is important to have at least a basic understanding of the legal framework for court ordered arrangements for minor children. Legal Custody Legal custody is the legal authority to make decisions for a child. For example, the ability to enroll a child in…