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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Chair’s Message

Mary Commander, Esquire

As Summer ends and Fall begins, we, as Family Lawyers, can expect to enjoy the annual bickering over who gets which holidays, when does the holiday start and end, and whether the child even wants to see the parent at all. Also, is Halloween a holiday? This is such a relief from the Summer bickering about who gets the Summer, when does the Summer parenting time start and end, and whether the child even wants to see the parent.

Family Law is a tough field. It requires the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, the tenacity of Elephant Glue and the self-preservation and fighting skills of Army Rangers. Fortunately, the Family Law Section is here to assist you. We have marvelous seminars and useful publications for lawyers and the public. Please make sure to use these resources and plan to attend the annual statewide seminar in October.

Remember that we are all in this together. It is imperative that the lawyers not add to the problems that we encounter in this practice. We need to be understanding of the difficulties, cooperative when it does not damage our client’s interest, responsive, and above all, honest with the client, court and other counsel.

We are pleased to welcome Besianne Tavss Maiden of Norfolk as a new member of the Board. Bes is a veteran attorney and Collaborative Divorce practitioner. Great things are expected of her! All who are interested in joining the Board, please let us know. We always are looking for bright, new faces.

Mary Commander, Chair
Family Law Section