Virginia State Bar

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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

About Family Law in Virginia

Many people need the services of a lawyer when purchasing a home, entering into a contract, writing a will, settling a neighborhood dispute or handing a traffic violation.  Others work with lawyers to start, buy or sell a business or professional practices.  However, many more may experience the need for legal services in the context of their family relationships.  Therefore, there are laws that are unique to children and families.  There are laws to guide children into adulthood or protect them from neglect.  There are laws that facilitate marriages, adoptions, assisted conceptions and births.  There are laws that govern the dissolution of marriages and the distribution of property.  There are laws for determining custody and child and spousal support.

If you, your family or a family member have legal issues seek the assistance of lawyers or other professionals before making decisions or taking ill advised actions.  Advice from well-meaning friends and relatives, in many cases, further aggravates your legal situation because friends or relatives can seldom be objective.

Remember that “going to court is not your only option and may not be your best option when on going relationships with family members are at stake.  Therefore, before making any major life decision, explore your options and alternatives.  As there are many laws that affect individuals and families, there are also many processes, other than litigation, to solve family problems, such as Mediation or Collaborative Family Law.  In addition, legal action may not be the solution; other professionals such as school counselors, religious advisors, therapists, professional counselors may provide alternatives to solving family issues.

The Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar provides this web site and suggested links to assist you in gathering information and identifying resources when you or your family or family member face issues that may require the assistance of a family lawyer or other trained professional.