My Practice Areas

Family Law

In order to get a divorce in Virginia, you must prove that you meet certain statutory requirements. These requirements fall into no-fault and fault grounds. “No-fault” means being separated for a certain amount of time, which varies depending on your situation. Fault grounds include adultery, abandonment, and abuse.
All decisions by a judge regarding child custody and visitation are based on the best interests of the child. Although the law spells out specific factors a judge must consider in making a best interests determination, it also permits the judge to evaluate any other relevant evidence that does not fall under those factors. It is my job as your attorney to evaluate your strengths as a parent and provider to present the possible case to the court as to why it is in your child’s best interests to be in your custody.
The starting point for calculating child support are the statutory guidelines in the Virginia Code. These guidelines take into account the parties’ incomes, health insurance and day care expenses, and how many children the payor is financially responsible for. It may be possible to deviate from the statutory guideline amount if your child has special needs, your financial situation is unique, or if there are other exceptional circumstances.
In order to receive spousal support, a party must prove that they have a need for the support and that the opposing party has the ability to pay it. Generally speaking, individuals who were married for less than ten years will not receive spousal support. The most difficult part of obtaining spousal support can be proving the payor’s income. This is where I can help you: getting evidence from the other side.
A judge will divide a couple’s marital property evenly unless the parties can convince him this would not be fair. Division of property can be very complicated, as there are many elements to prove: separate vs. marital property, contributions to the marriage, appreciation in value, and waste, to name a few. I can analyze your situation and give you a realistic assessment of what you can expect to receive as part of the division of property.

Estate Planning and Administration

Estate planning is important because it tells your family and friends what you want done in the event of your death or incapacity. A well thought out and written plan gives clear instructions for medical treatment, paying your bills, and distributing property in the event of your incapacity or death. It can save your estate a lot of money and it can relieve some of the stress your family will be going through. An estate plan can also prevent ugly and unfortunate disputes between family members about property. I assist you by determining what your goals and wishes are, what the most cost-effective plan for your situation is, and drafting the necessary documents.
When an individual dies, whether they have a will or not, their property and debts must be dealt with. Regardless of how small or large a decedent’s estate is, there are certain formalities that must be followed in order to properly administer their estate. I can help you figure out what needs to be done to properly administer the estate and assist in preparing and filing the required paperwork.

Immigration

Naturalization is the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. You must first be a Legal Permanent Resident in order to apply for U.S. citizenship.
As a Legal Permanent Resident, you have the right to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely, as long as you maintain your status as a Legal Permanent Resident. There are many ways to obtain Legal Permanent Resident status, such as through your family, employment, or other special circumstances.

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