Family law covers various legal matters concerning marriage, divorce, and child custody. These are inherently sensitive topics. Unlike a business dispute between large companies, family law cases are more personal, intimate affairs. Emotions often run high, and you need experienced yet compassionate legal representation to guide you through the raw pain and anger toward a satisfactory resolution of your problem.
At Mahoney Richmond Thurston, PLLC, our Hampton Roads family law attorneys advise and assist clients who are contemplating or going through a divorce or who need assistance with other family issues. Our lawyers pride themselves on providing flexible and responsive legal services to individuals who are dealing with a difficult family situation. Whatever your situation, we are ready and willing to listen to your problems and advise you on the best course of action going forward.
Comprehensive Family Law Services
Not all family law matters involve contested court hearings. Indeed, one of our critical goals at Mahoney Richmond Thurston, PLLC, is to avoid unnecessary litigation. We know that in many cases, a divorced or estranged couple can come to an agreement on most if not all, terms of their separation. We also understand that every case is unique, and each family situation provides special challenges that must be addressed. Here are just some of the family law subjects our Hampton Roads family law attorneys can help you with:
- Collaborative Divorce: When spouses are able to work together to reach agreements outside of court, it is often better for everyone involved and can save time and money for both parties. Our firm is happy to assist couples with collaborative divorce solutions.
- Contested Divorce: If spouses are unable to agree on key issues such as property division or child custody, a divorce lawsuit may be necessary, whereby one spouse seeks to terminate a marriage. This is known as a contested divorce.
- Property Division: Virginia law supports an “equitable division” of marital property in a divorce proceeding. Equitable division means that a judge will not necessarily divide a couple’s property 50/50 but rather determine what is “fair and reasonable” under the circumstances. Keep in mind that judges will generally not consider either spouse’s fault in ending the marriage when determining property division.
- Child Custody and Child Support: If the parties cannot resolve the issues of child custody and child support through agreement, a judge must make the final decisions regarding these issues. Even if the parties come to an agreement, the court must approve their decisions. A court will look to what is in the “best interests of the child” when determining appropriate custody arrangements, and Virginia has specific legal guidelines in place for calculating child support.
- Prenuptial agreements: While nobody goes into a marriage hoping it will fail, many couples plan for the worst by signing a prenuptial or premarital contract. Such agreements can resolve certain financial issues in anticipation of separation or divorce, but they cannot deal with child custody or child support issues.
- Orders of Protection: Unfortunately, there are some cases in which marital or family discord threatens to turn violent. If you are living in fear of imminent harm to you and your children, you can request an order of protection.
Nobody wants to air their family’s private business in a public courtroom. At the same time, you should never hesitate to engage the legal system in order to assert your rights and advocate for the best interests of your family. If you need advice from our skilled Hampton Roads family law attorneys, call Mahoney Richmond Thurston, PLLC, to schedule an initial consultation with a member of our team today.