Divorce and Separation

I have been representing people in divorces for most of my career. I have experience with all aspects of divorce law. Whether you and your spouse are seeking an amicable, fair dissolution of your marriage or if you are seeking to end a painful, abusive relationship and keep a fair amount of your assets, I can help.

Most of the time, spouses will seek divorce based upon separation or abandonment. Once they have decided to end the relationship, they will want to prepare a separation agreement that outlines how they are going to divide the assets that they have built up during their marriage. Separation agreements have been the source of much litigation over the years and a court can declare that they are unenforceable if they are not properly written and executed. I have experience in preparing all kinds of separation agreements, from simple agreements to remain separated and not harass each other, to complex divisions of multiple real estate parcels and retirement accounts.

In the event that you are entitled to spousal support (also known as alimony), I can help. Virginia law allows spouses of either sex to seek spousal support if they can convince the court that they need it to survive and/or that it is fair that the other party supports them. Often, support proceedings require detailed examination of the parties' financial records and assets. My varied experience with all kinds of marital situations will help me win support for you if you need it.

I also have experience in some of the more obscure areas of divorce law. I have prepared retirement distributions by means of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO's) for people with retirement accounts at the Railroad Retirement Board, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Federal Employee Retirement System, and the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

I have also represented people who needed to divorce spouses who they could not locate. I have experience in dealing with the court procedures for Orders of Publication and out-of state service of process in those situations.

In the event that you and your spouse cannot come to any sort of agreement, I have experience in divorce and equitable distribution litigation. I have represented people in a variety of disputed cases; from false allegations of adultery, spouses wiretapping telephones and planting listening devices in their residences, physical and mental abuse by spouses, and even disputes about who would care for the household pets and livestock.