How Does Step-Parent Adoption Work?

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Step-parent adoption is a common family law matter in Virginia. If you wish to legally adopt your spouse’s child(ren), here’s an overview of the process.

Child & Family Issues

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Your child means everything to you. You want what’s best for them in all circumstances, especially if they’re at the center of a court decision that will impact their future. Legal matters regarding minor children can be tricky. The most common family law cases involving minors are divorce and custody arrangements, but other circumstances – such as guardian appointment in the absence or incapacitation of a child’s natural parents – may bring a child’s fate … Read More

Probate & Will

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When a person passes away, their property and assets are typically distributed to their beneficiaries through a probate court. The probate process can be complicated and drawn-out even when the deceased has an updated last will and testament – if they don’t, it could mean heartache and frustration for their families. In cases where a person dies intestate – that is, without a valid will – a probate court appoints an administrator to manage the … Read More

Divorce & Marital Law

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Divorce is one of the most stressful and difficult life events a person can go through. Once you’ve processed the emotional shock, you now have to face a complex and often lengthy legal process to obtain a final order of divorce. In order to file for a no-fault divorce in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you and your spouse must have been separated for a minimum of six (6) months if you have no minor children, … Read More