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Marijuana Use in Virginia? Not So Fast, My Friend!

11/24/2014 13:52:45 PM

In recent weeks, the news has featured many stories on the growing trend of the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana use and possession. This past Election Day, voters in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. approved measures that ...

President Obama Announces New Immigration Plan

11/21/2014 12:45:11 PM

Last night, President Obama announced a new plan for executive action on immigration, which will offer temporary relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants. The highlights of the plan include: Deferred Action. Under the ...

Oil CEO Ordered to Pay $1 Billion in Divorce Ruling

11/13/2014 09:10:01 AM

One of the largest divorce judgments in United States history was rendered this week, when Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm was ordered to pay nearly $1 billion to his ex-wife. After a nine-week divorce trial that ended ...

You Have The Right to Remain Silent. Use It!

11/12/2014 08:29:35 AM

One of the most commonly asked questions I receive from family, friends, and potential clients is how they should handle any encounters with the police. No one ever seems quite sure how to handle themselves since being stopped by the police, ...

Boilerplate Provisions in Virginia Separation Agreements

10/28/2014 11:41:59 AM

When negotiating a marital settlement agreement or separation agreement, you will inevitably hear your counsel talk about certain standard “boilerplate” provisions. You will probably just glance over these provisions, and your attorney ...

Child Support: What to Do When a Child Emancipates

10/23/2014 08:04:30 AM

It’s a common story. Pursuant to your Virginia divorce decree, you are ordered to pay your ex-spouse $1,200/month in child support for your three children. A few years later, your oldest child graduates from high school and goes off to college. ...

Prenups for Same-Sex Couples in Virginia

10/20/2014 11:09:16 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on October 6, 2014 that it was not going to consider appeals from lawmakers in five states, including Virginia, who wished to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The result: same-sex couples now have the right to ...

Custody and Visitation Do’s and Don’ts

10/16/2014 11:34:44 AM

Parents going through a divorce or encountering custody or visitation issues can face a very difficult and stressful time. Each custody case is different, and there is no definitive “how-to” guide which will answer every question that might ...

Custody and Visitation Do’s and Don’ts

10/16/2014 11:34:44 AM

Parents going through a divorce or encountering custody or visitation issues can face a very difficult and stressful time. Each custody case is different, and there is no definitive “how-to” guide which will answer every question that might ...

How to Maximize Your Family Law Initial Consultation

10/06/2014 11:47:45 AM

The first step for most people in obtaining legal counsel for a custody, divorce or other family law matter is to have an initial consultation with an attorney. Most consultations are scheduled for one-half to one full hour and most family lawyers ...

How to Maximize Your Family Law Initial Consultation

10/06/2014 11:47:45 AM

The first step for most people in obtaining legal counsel for a custody, divorce or other family law matter is to have an initial consultation with an attorney. Most consultations are scheduled for one-half to one full hour and most family lawyers ...

Why Should You Hire A Traffic Attorney?

10/02/2014 06:22:41 AM

The most common question I receive when it comes to traffic cases, whether from potential clients or friends, is “why should I hire a traffic attorney?” Most everyone knows it is a good idea to hire an attorney if you’re facing crimin ...

Why Should You Hire A Traffic Attorney?

10/02/2014 06:22:41 AM

The most common question I receive when it comes to traffic cases, whether from potential clients or friends, is “why should I hire a traffic attorney?” Most everyone knows it is a good idea to hire an attorney if you’re facing crimin ...

Service of Process Through Social Media

09/26/2014 10:51:41 AM

Any person taken to court has certain rights that must be respected. The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution require that neither the federal government nor individual states deprive anyone of life, liberty or property ...

Service of Process Through Social Media

09/26/2014 10:51:41 AM

Any person taken to court has certain rights that must be respected. The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution require that neither the federal government nor individual states deprive anyone of life, liberty or property ...

Gubernatorial Post-Conviction Relief and Immigration

09/16/2014 13:51:15 PM

As I detailed in Chaidez Case Limits The Reach Of Padilla and Post-Conviction Relief And Immigration Consequences, the area of post-conviction relief is a hot topic for non-citizens living in the U.S. Generally speaking, post-conviction relief ...

Gubernatorial Post-Conviction Relief and Immigration

09/16/2014 13:51:15 PM

As I detailed in Chaidez Case Limits The Reach Of Padilla and Post-Conviction Relief And Immigration Consequences, the area of post-conviction relief is a hot topic for non-citizens living in the U.S. Generally speaking, post-conviction relief ...

Cooling Hot-Button School-Related Co-Parenting Issues

09/11/2014 12:00:22 PM

As the calendar turns to September and football season begins anew, children all over the country have returned to school. For them, the carefree days of summer give way to the structured rigors of academic pursuits. But their parents may enjoy ...

Cooling Hot-Button School-Related Co-Parenting Issues

09/11/2014 12:00:22 PM

As the calendar turns to September and football season begins anew, children all over the country have returned to school. For them, the carefree days of summer give way to the structured rigors of academic pursuits. But their parents may enjoy ...

When Are State Crimes Aggravated Felonies for Deportation?

09/10/2014 11:04:13 AM

The words “aggravated felony” can be overwhelming to see if you are in removal (deportation) proceedings. Aggravated felony is an immigration term used to reference a particular type of state or federal crime. Although the word “fel

When Are State Crimes Aggravated Felonies for Deportation?

09/10/2014 11:04:13 AM

The words “aggravated felony” can be overwhelming to see if you are in removal (deportation) proceedings. Aggravated felony is an immigration term used to reference a particular type of state or federal crime. Although the word “fel

New Mental Health Docket in Prince William County

09/04/2014 12:04:44 PM

The relationship between mental health and the commission of crime has garnered major headlines in the last several years. High profile horrors such as the shootings at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook revealed that the perpetrators of these offenses ...

New Mental Health Docket in Prince William County

09/04/2014 12:04:44 PM

The relationship between mental health and the commission of crime has garnered major headlines in the last several years. High profile horrors such as the shootings at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook revealed that the perpetrators of these offenses ...

Four Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Custody Case

09/03/2014 07:48:51 AM

Parents sometimes unintentionally sabotage their own custody cases. Sometimes the sabotage happens before the parent retains counsel, and other times it happens after an attorney is involved. Here are four pitfalls to avoid if you want to win ...

Four Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Custody Case

09/03/2014 07:48:51 AM

Parents sometimes unintentionally sabotage their own custody cases. Sometimes the sabotage happens before the parent retains counsel, and other times it happens after an attorney is involved. Here are four pitfalls to avoid if you want to win ...

Admission of Prior Convictions in Child Sex Crimes Cases in Virginia

09/02/2014 10:38:19 AM

One of the key issues for defense attorneys at trial is limiting the focus of the prosecution’s evidence to evidence of the offense charged, and preventing the admission of any evidence of other prior charges, convictions, or bad acts of the ...

How Does Relocation Affect Your Custody and Visitation Order?

08/26/2014 06:12:22 AM

Summertime! It is the time of year where many of our military families are going through their permanent change of station (PCS) moves, and many of our civilian families are moving before the new school year begins. What does relocation mean ...

Child Preference in Virginia Custody and Visitation Cases

08/20/2014 08:41:25 AM

When a couple decides to separate and pursue a divorce, there are countless questions and issues that can arise. However, there are also some difficult questions that await the teenage child or children of divorcing parents. Perhaps the most ...

The Basics of Bond in Virginia

08/14/2014 06:21:49 AM

In the moments after being arrested and charged with a criminal offense, many defendants are singularly focused on one question: when will they get out of jail?A lot of confusion exists among defendants and their families over the bond/bail ...

Legal vs. Physical Custody in Virginia: What’s the Difference?

08/13/2014 05:19:20 AM

Every parent involved in a child custody dispute is concerned about the kind of custody and visitation arrangement that will result. Regardless of whether the court decides custody or the parents reach an agreement which is then approved by ...

Family Care Plans and Custody Orders in Virginia

08/12/2014 05:53:25 AM

A Family Care Plan (FCP) is a document that certain active duty or reserve servicemembers, and some DOD civilians, are required by the Department of Defense to maintain in order to ensure that their children (and incapacitated parents) are taken ...

Spousal Support Reservations in Virginia

08/11/2014 06:03:00 AM

Virginia Code Section 20-107.1 provides that pursuant to a divorce, a court may reserve the right of a party to receive spousal support in the future. Furthermore, “in any case so reserved, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the ...

Where Should You File Your Family Law Case?

07/28/2014 06:25:43 AM

The Difference Between Jurisdiction and Venue Jurisdiction and venue are two very different legal terms that are often, and wrongly, used interchangeably. Jurisdiction is the power of a court to adjudicate a case upon the merits and dispose ...

How to Lock in Your Custody Agreement and Avoid an Appeal

07/24/2014 16:10:02 PM

The juvenile and domestic relations district courts (“J&DR courts”) in the Commonwealth of Virginia have jurisdiction over cases to determine child custody and visitation. While this jurisdiction is “concurrent” with the circu

Green Cards Through the Immigration Registry

07/21/2014 13:03:36 PM

I recently handled the immigration case of an individual who has resided in the U.S. since the late 1950s. Having entered on a farmworker visa and then falling out of status once the visa expired, my client filed for a green card based on a ...

Surge of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border

07/14/2014 11:02:34 AM

Over the last few weeks, the recent upsurge of unaccompanied minor children crossing illegally into the United States has caught the attention of the media and protesters alike. Anti-immigration activists will predictably seek to frame this ...

Military Deployment and Child Custody in Virginia

07/10/2014 08:25:42 AM

“Im Deploying! How does that affect my custodial or visitation rights to my child?” Deploying is a unique and difficult fact of life for most every military family. For those parents involved in a custody or visitation dispute, deployme ...

To Plea or Not to Plea?

07/09/2014 16:11:33 PM

That Is the Question for Many Criminal Defendants The world of criminal defense has been abuzz lately regarding a unique plea deal that was struck last month in Shenandoah County, Virginia. In that case, the defendant, Jessie Herald, was facing ...

Supreme Court Requires Warrants for Cell Phone Searches

07/01/2014 13:18:15 PM

In our highly politicized and pluralistic world, consensus often comes with a shock. Debates are argued not necessarily by the brightest advocates for a position, but by the loudest or most intense. Legislation always feels like it is passed ...

How to Protect Yourself as the Breadwinning Spouse

06/26/2014 05:51:22 AM

Divorce can be financially difficult for both parties, particularly in today’s economy. If you are the breadwinning spouse, you may face special difficulties—which include but are not limited to the following: Your spouse doesn’t (or ...

Spousal Support Duration in Virginia

06/25/2014 14:59:04 PM

Among the most common questions for many people facing divorce are those relating to spousal support: will the court order spousal support? If so, how much—and for how long? As explained in Is It Really Cheaper To Keep Her Or (Him)?, both ...

Property Settlement Agreements and College Expenses

06/24/2014 07:05:42 AM

The importance of education and obtaining a college degree has grown over the years, to the point where most, if not all, parents make it one of their highest priorities when raising their children. Given the rising costs of attending college, ...

H-1B Visa Alternatives

06/19/2014 10:33:50 AM

If your H-1B petition was not selected in this year’s H-1B lottery, you are not alone. With over 170,000 visa petitions received, the allotted H-1B visas were filled quickly this year. USCIS conducted a random lottery to select petitions which ...

Incarcerated Parents and Child Support in Virginia

06/17/2014 05:56:18 AM

What happens to a non-custodial parent’s child support obligation in Virginia if they are incarcerated and child support has already been ordered? Does their obligation to pay support automatically freeze, modify, or terminate? Should the ...

Assisted Conception and Paternity Rights in Virginia

06/09/2014 18:02:27 PM

Actor Jason Patric has a case in the California courts that has gained national media attention recently because it involves the paternity rights of sperm donors. Patric’s child was conceived by his former girlfriend through in vitro fertilization ...

Early Termination of Rental Agreements for Domestic Violence Victims

06/04/2014 09:09:04 AM

Last year, Virginia expanded the relief available to victims of domestic violence obtaining a final protective order. The typical remedies a victim of family abuse may seek in Virginia are found in Virginia Code Section 16.1-279.1, and include ...

“Untying the Knot” Brings Divorce Further Into the Public Eye

05/29/2014 07:52:52 AM

There was a time when divorce was never spoken about on television or in pop culture. In 1962, “The Lucy Show” became the first program to prominently feature the character of a divorced woman (with the character of Lucy’s housemate, ...

Criminal Convictions and Fiance Visas

05/27/2014 07:46:26 AM

In 2006, the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA) was signed into law. Among its more well-known features, the AWA revised requirements for sex offender registration. Lesser known, however, is the significant detrimental ...

New Child Support Guidelines: “Material Change” or Not?

05/19/2014 07:24:15 AM

As discussed in Virginia Poised to Update Child Support Guidelines, on July 1, 2014 Virginia child support laws will significantly change. Parents with no child support order in place may benefit from waiting until July 1st to file new cases, ...

Seeing Starrs: Deferred Dispositions in Virginia

05/16/2014 06:10:43 AM

The criminal bar has been abuzz with the recent decision by the Virginia Supreme Court in Starrs v. Commonwealth, 287 Va. 1, 752 S.E.2d 812 (2014). In the Commonwealth of Virginia, just as in our federal system, two separate branches of government ...

Dating Websites Providing More Divorce Evidence

05/05/2014 06:40:11 AM

Ever wonder whether the era of online dating has led to more separations and divorces? According to a recent survey of the nation’s top divorce attorneys, the answer is yes. Fifty-nine percent of respondents in the American Academy of Matrimonial ...

Supreme Court Approves Traffic Stop Based on Anonymous 911 Call

04/29/2014 14:53:55 PM

On April 22, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Prado Navarette v. California, 572 U.S. ____ (2014) that will have a significant impact on DUI and other traffic stop cases nationwide. In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that a police ...

The Primary Caregiver in Virginia Custody Cases

04/28/2014 09:55:12 AM

The central question for most parents facing a child custody battle is: “what are my chances at winning custody?” In many cases, the answer to this question depends upon the answer to another question: who is the primary caregiver? Many ...

New Virginia Law Allows Protective Orders to Award Pet Possession

04/23/2014 12:02:58 PM

Each year several bills are introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates or the Virginia Senate, but only a few get passed and approved into law. One of the bills that was introduced and passed during this year’s session will expand protective ...

Grandparent Rights in Virginia

04/14/2014 16:27:30 PM

Grandparents may seek custody or visitation of their grandchildren for any number of reasons. Perhaps one or both parents have become incapacitated, incarcerated, or otherwise unfit to have custody. Or perhaps a grandparent feels that a parent ...

Answers to Five Common Questions About ICE Holds

04/10/2014 12:53:56 PM

I often meet with people concerned because an immigration detainer, commonly referred to as an “ICE hold,” has been placed on their loved one after a criminal arrest. When a non-citizen is arrested by local law enforcement, immigration ...

The Hidden Danger of Virginia Spousal Support Agreements

04/07/2014 07:19:08 AM

The Fairfax County Circuit Court recently issued an opinion that sheds light on an important aspect of Virginia divorce law: when divorcing parties include a provision for spousal support in a separation agreement that is incorporated into ...

Six Things to Keep in Mind Before Signing a Prenup

04/03/2014 06:38:59 AM

If you are engaged to be married, you may be considering entering into a prenuptial agreement or “prenup” with your spouse-to-be. Although popular recognition of prenuptial agreements has grown thanks to celebrity divorces, prenups are ...

The Affidavit of Support in Immigration Law

04/01/2014 08:48:12 AM

The Affidavit of Support is an immigration law document that places special obligations on an immigrant’s sponsor. It is very important that both those signing the document (i.e., U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents) and the sponsored ...

Virginia Poised to Update Child Support Guidelines

03/27/2014 11:46:55 AM

The Virginia General Assembly recently passed a bill to update Virginia’s child support guidelines. The bill, HB 933, enjoyed significant support in the legislature—passing the House of Delegates on a vote of 85-10 and the Senate on a ...

Federal Retirement Division in Virginia Divorce

03/19/2014 14:56:41 PM

When facing divorce, both federal civilian government employees and their spouses need to be familiar with how their retirement accounts are structured, funded, and, ultimately, how they could be affected by a divorce. Most federal civilian ...

What is the Statute of Limitations on Child Support in Virginia?

03/18/2014 07:05:25 AM

As explained in Six Ways to Enforce A Child Support Order in Virginia, failure to pay a court-ordered child support obligation can have serious consequences in Virginia. Specifically, an obligor’s failure to pay can result in withholding ...

New Virginia Criminal Laws in 2014

03/17/2014 06:03:37 AM

In Virginia, March Madness carries multiple meanings. For most, at least in recent years, March Madness has been the time for our “mid-major” universities, George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth, just to name two, to shock the nation and ...

How to Survive the Dreaded Discovery Process

03/14/2014 07:02:05 AM

In the course of your divorce or custody litigation, you may be required to answer written questions under oath (Interrogatories), provide copies of various documents that are relevant to your case (Requests for Production of Documents), and ...

How Criminal Trials Are Like MMA Fights

03/12/2014 07:24:07 AM

Mixed Martial Arts (“MMA”) has been a sport for about 20 years, but in the last several years, it has gone from being a fringe spectacle to a mainstream sport covered by ESPN and airing matches on major networks. An initial glance at a ...

Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits in Divorce

03/06/2014 09:16:36 AM

Military divorce cases often involve discussion of military retired pay, the Survivor Benefit Plan, and continuation of the spouse’s medical benefits after divorce. A growing topic of discussion in these cases is the servicemember’s e ...

How to Help Your Criminal Attorney Protect Your Immigration Status

03/04/2014 10:09:12 AM

Being charged with a criminal offense can be an anxiety-causing event for anyone. But immigrants charged with crimes face not only potential criminal punishments but also the potential impact on their immigration status from a criminal con ...

How to Talk to Your Child About Divorce

03/03/2014 10:19:35 AM

As a family law attorney, I focus on resolving the problems that arise from the breakdown of a marriage. I am referring to the legal issues of custody, visitation, support, and equitable distribution, all of which must be addressed as part of ...

When Are Juveniles Tried As Adults in Virginia?

02/27/2014 09:46:37 AM

While most juvenile criminal offenses in Virginia are resolved entirely within the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDR Court), there are certain circumstances where cases are transferred and certified to the Circuit Court for ...

Immigration Court Delays: When Will Your Case Be Heard?

02/26/2014 09:28:25 AM

Proceedings in present day immigration court present a very stark contrast. Many cases now drag on for many months or even years before being heard. But when an immigrant’s day in court finally arrives, overcrowded court dockets often leave ...

Five Things to Expect When Your Child Is Facing Criminal Charges

02/26/2014 05:45:42 AM

It can be an unsettling process when your child faces criminal charges. Many parents worry about the consequences for their child’s future and are confused by both the process and the terminology surrounding the juvenile justice system. ...

Guidance For Immigrants Filing Taxes

02/24/2014 12:55:50 PM

Tax season can be a stressful time for anyone; for immigrants the process of filing taxes can often become overwhelming. Failure to properly file their U.S. taxes may negatively affect a non-citizen’s own immigration situation or the chances ...

Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

02/15/2014 15:44:54 PM

As you may have already heard, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled that Virginia’s voter-approved 2006 Marshall-Newman Amendment (aka the Virginia Marriage Amendment) is unconstitutional. The Amendment modified ...

Criminal Appeals to Circuit Courts in Virginia

02/14/2014 16:26:04 PM

The right to appeal an unfavorable or unjust ruling in a criminal case is at the heart of our criminal justice system. In Virginia there are two categories of criminal appeal: appeals to circuit courts from lower courts, and appeals from circuit ...

How to Help Your Criminal Defense Attorney Defend You

02/03/2014 08:49:19 AM

We all understand that you hire a defense attorney to help you through a tough situation. It may therefore seem counter-intuitive that you have a duty to help your attorney. However, the direction your case will take is often determined by ...

Five Things to Expect From Your Criminal Attorney

01/29/2014 16:43:51 PM

Attorney websites and blogs often provide instruction to you, the potential client, on what you need to do: what you need to expect in a particular jurisdiction or from a particular charge, how you need to dress, how you need to find a lawyer, ...

Justin Bieber Faces Deportation

01/29/2014 15:20:13 PM

Reports of pop star Justin Bieber’s recent run-ins with the law have dominated the news. Certainly, many young stars in the throes of fame find themselves in similar situations. What adds an extra wrinkle to Bieber’s situation, however, ...

Guide to the Criminal Process in Virginia

01/24/2014 11:04:41 AM

Being charged with a crime is, for almost anyone, a nerve-racking experience. If you are being investigated or have already been charged with a crime in Virginia, the first thing you will want do do is refuse to speak to the authorities without ...

Look Out For These Traits of Lazy or Dishonest Family Lawyers

01/23/2014 13:06:22 PM

In the course of almost a decade practicing family law in Virginia, I’ve been able to identify some of the best and worst practices in the field. Four times out of five, if I’m familiar with opposing counsel in a case of mine, I’ll know ...

How to Benefit Your Case and Keep Costs Down in Discovery

01/22/2014 06:20:29 AM

When going through a contested divorce or custody case many clients struggle with the concept of discovery, why it is necessary, and how it can benefit their case. Discovery is the legal process in which a party may ask questions of the other ...

Virginia Legislature Considers Decriminalizing Adultery

01/20/2014 07:30:58 AM

Delegate Scott A. Surovell, a Fairfax family law attorney, has introduced House Bill 940 (HB 940) to decriminalize adultery in Virginia. Virginia Code Section 18.2-365 defines adultery as the act of a married person voluntarily engaging in ...

Revenge Porn – Why It May Soon Be Illegal in Virginia

01/18/2014 06:09:06 AM

We’ve all heard or seen the stories: a scorned husband posts, tweets, uploads, or emails pictures of his wife engaged in sexual acts with someone other than him. Most people are so angry and hurt in the moment that they don’t think about ...

New Guidance for Continuing Child Support for Disabled Children

01/17/2014 10:23:41 AM

On January 14, 2014, in the published opinion of Mayer v. Mayer, the Virginia Court of Appeals provided some much-needed guidance regarding continued child support for disabled children under Virginia law. Per Virginia Code § 20-124.2 a ...

Virginia Legislature Considers Streamlined Custody Procedures

01/16/2014 08:23:27 AM

Modification to Virginia Code Would Allow Consolidated Petitions The issues of child custody and visitation are about as connected as any two issues can be. If you have any experience with Virginia custody cases, however, you know that it can ...

Dress the Part: What to Wear to Court

01/15/2014 11:54:21 AM

In planning for a court appearance in a criminal case, many defendants and witnesses overlook one crucial aspect of preparation—what to wear. Far too many people pay far too little attention to what they wear to court and if you are fortunate ...

Eight Tips For Your Case in Prince William County General District Court

01/14/2014 06:08:24 AM

Are you facing traffic or misdemeanor charges in Prince William County General District Court? If so, this article is for you. I will provide some tips for handling your case, while hopefully helping you decide whether you should hire an a ...

Home State Jurisdiction Under the UCCJEA

01/13/2014 08:59:23 AM

Parties in custody or visitation disputes often find themselves in two separate counties or even states. This frequently leaves the parties to wonder which court has the authority to resolve the outstanding issues. If parties to a custody dispute, ...

Open House For Free Immigration Consults on January 30, 2014

01/07/2014 09:25:15 AM

The new year is a great opportunity to discuss your immigration questions with seasoned professionals. Immigration law is complex, changing in content from year to year and in practice from one federal agency to the next. From extreme hardship ...

“Parole in Place” Immigration Benefit for Military Family Members

01/02/2014 11:14:40 AM

U.S. immigration law provides some advantages for those who have served in the U.S. military and their families. These special programs include expedited citizenship and now, “parole in place.” In November 2013, U.S. Customs and Immigration ...

The Hague Convention and International Child Abduction

12/30/2013 11:39:46 AM

When a child is removed from the United States by a parent, or retained in a country not the United States beyond an agreed-to period of time, and in violation of a parent’s custodial rights, the left-behind parent is left feeling hopeless. ...

Five Tips For Getting the Most From Your Family Law Attorney

12/19/2013 08:54:18 AM

If you are going through a divorce or other family law case, it is advisable to hire an experienced family law attorney as early in the process as possible. Not only will your attorney help guide you through the process, he or she will also ...

Domestic Violence and Gun Rights in Virginia

12/16/2013 12:48:07 PM

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you should be aware that the issuance of a civil protective order order can, and very well may, affect your right to purchase, possess or transport a firearm in Virginia. Federal Law Regarding ...

Four Traffic Mistakes That Will Get You Pulled Over By Police

12/11/2013 11:11:22 AM

We have all seen the flashing blue lights on the side of the road while traveling, and had our basic human nature kick in and cause us to wonder why that person was pulled over. While the reason may occasionally be serious (drunk driving, etc.), ...

Criminal Attorney Eugene Oliver Interviewed About Jameis Winston Case

12/05/2013 17:27:04 PM

In this interview last night on 92.9 The Game, Livesay & Myers criminal attorney (and former prosecutor) Eugene Oliver spoke at length about the investigation into the rape allegation against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. In the ...

DUI & DWI Charges in Virginia: Everything You Need to Know

11/27/2013 11:10:16 AM

The criminal lawyers at Livesay & Myers have years of experience in aggressively defending clients against DUI and DWI drunk driving charges in Northern Virginia. Our DUI lawyers in Fairfax, Fredericksburg and Manassas can help you fight the ...

Setting Aside Separation Agreements In Virginia

11/26/2013 13:29:49 PM

Many couples who separate for the purpose of divorcing do not have the financial resources or the desire to spend their financial resources on retaining attorneys. We attorneys aren’t offended by the idea of couples mediating between themselves ...

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Does Not Preclude All Civil Actions

11/25/2013 10:25:35 AM

As we have previously discussed here at the Livesay Myers Blog, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) can have a significant impact in a family law case where one party is a member of the Armed Forces. The SCRA provides paths for servicemembers ...