Family Lawyer in Culpeper, VA
Relentless Advocates for Our Clients
Our experienced family law attorneys at Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, PLC understand the complicated, highly emotional nature of divorce and family relations issues. We offer clients caring yet aggressive representation that strives toward the best possible outcome for them.
Through the years, our firm has represented countless clients in divorce and family law matters, which has strengthened our skills, experience, and insight. Our Culpeper family lawyers have successfully negotiated and litigated complex marital dissolution proceedings involving child custody, financial support, high asset estates, complex tax aspects, and other challenging legal issues.
How We Can Help
We work in partnership with family law clients to understand their priorities and tailor a strategy to achieve them. Often, we find the most effective and lasting solution can be achieved through settlement, mediation, or negotiation – especially when children are involved. However, we also have the skills and determination to achieve optimal results for our clients through courtroom proceedings when warranted.
We offer services in the following areas of family law:
- Divorce (contested and uncontested) – Virginia’s acceptable grounds for divorce are: adultery, sodomy, or
buggery committed by either spouse, being convicted of a felony, intentional desertion or abandonment (for a minimum of 1 year), and reasonable fear of bodily harm.
- Separation – While Virginia does not allow for “legal separation” like other states, separation agreements allow for individuals to live separately while working out distribution of property, custody, etc.
- Annulments – In order to qualify for an annulment in Virginia one of the following must be true: the marriage involved fraud, one party withheld vital information from the other, or there was a serious error in the process of the marriage.
- Alimony / spousal support – Payments made from one spouse to the other with the intention of making
up for a financial discrepancy.
- Marital property rights / agreements – The division of property acquired during a marriage.
- Asset division – Virginia is an “equitable distribution” state, which means that there is usually an attempt made in court to divide assets evenly among both parties.
- Child custody – Courts typically take into account the best interests of the child when deciding which parent will receive custody and whether or not custody should be split between both parties.
- Child support – The Virginia Code is typically used to determine child support payments.
Usually, whichever parent does not have primary custody of the child will be required to make support payments to the parent who does.
- Visitation rights – Usually parents who do not have primary custody of a child still have a right to visitation; however, sometimes you will need to obtain a court order in order to ensure visitations occur.
- Adoption – We can help you navigate the complex requirements for adopting a child in the state of Virginia.
- Domestic violence – Virginia Code Title 18, Chapter 4, Article 4 addresses Virginia’s laws on domestic violence; defined as “assault and battery against a family or household member.”
- Protective orders / restraining orders – These are legal documents issued by a court with the purpose of protecting alleged victims of violence, assault, and bodily injury.
- Child abuse – Child abuse can include any of the following: physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and the neglect or abandonment of a child. Child abuse is addressed in Virginia Code Section 18.2-371.1.
- Premarital agreements – Also known as a “prenup,” this type of agreement allows for planning the division of assets prior to a marriage.
- Grandparents’ rights – Under certain circumstances, grandparents can appeal for rights including
custody and visitation in Virginia.
- Paternity disputes – In Virginia, unless a couple is married when a child is born, the child will not have a legal father. The only way to be named the legal father of your child is by establishing paternity.
- Appeals – We handle various forms of appeals on your behalf.
- Modifications of custody, visitation, and support orders – We can help you work with the courts to modify your current arrangements.
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