Child Support in Virginia

Simply put, child support is a series of court ordered payments for a child that you have a legal obligation to support. Typically child support payments are made by a noncustodial parent to a custodial parent. Child support is calculated by a formula (really a table) set forth in Virginia Code Section 20-108.1. Child support calculations take into…


Are lawyers worth it? Real life examples of how skimping on legal advice can hurt you.

With the advent of services like Legal Zoom and the ever increasing availability of legal forms and information on the internet, many potential consumers of legal services are tempted to ask – do I really need to hire a lawyer? In answering this question, it may help to consider some of the following real-life examples:…


Divorce Meets Estate Planning – What is an Elective Share and What Does it Mean to Waive it in a Settlement?

Once you have negotiated a settlement in your divorce case, the next step is to put it all together into a formal settlement agreement that each side signs. Typically these agreements (often referred to as PSAs or MSAs for Property Settlement Agreement or Marital Settlement Agreement) contain a fair amount of ‘boilerplate’ language. One standard…