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Charlottesville Family Law and Divorce Law Firm

Steven R. Morris is a Charlottesville family law attorney and divorce lawyer with a second office in Waynesboro. Our firm represents clients in Central Virginia and the Valley.

Divorce, child custody disputes, visitation, spousal support... "Family law" encompasses multiple legal issues that are emotionally charged. The best family-law attorneys understand how painful and stressful family-law cases are.

When you're in a legal battle with a family member, you're best served by a compassionate lawyer who is skilled at communicating and advocating on your behalf. Someone tough and kind, who understands the law and your family, who can negotiate and listen.

Family disputes are never easy. We're here to help you.

Divorce

Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage by court order on specific statutory grounds. When you file for divorce, you can include a number of sub-issues in the divorce case, such as the division and allocation of your assets and debts, spousal support (alimony), child custody, and child support. Speak to our Charlottesville Divorce lawyers to learn more.

Equitable Distribution (Property Distribution)

The distribution of marital property and debts between the spouses in a divorce is called Equitable Distribution. The term "equitable" does not mean the the division must be equal. Rather, it means the division must be fair. Accordingly, when a divorce court divides the marital property, it is required to consider a number of statutory factors relating to, among other things, the spouses, the marriage, and circumstances leading to the breakdown of the marriage. Our Charlottesville divorce lawyers can help.

Child Custody and Visitation

In Virginia, child custody and visitation matters are governed not by the parties' wishes and hopes, or even by what may or may not seem fair to the parties. Instead, these cases are governed by what court deems to be in the child's best interests. A court determines what is in a child's best interests by reference to specific statutory factors. Speak to our Charlottesville custody attorneys and visitation lawyers to learn more.

Spousal Support (Alimony)

Spousal support is the court-ordered payment of money from one spouse to the other. The purpose of spousal support is to provide the spouse receiving the support with the funds necessary to meet his or her expenses and to maintain him or her in the lifestyle to which he or she became accustomed during the marriage. To achieve these goals, the court has the broad authority to order spousal support on a temporary or permanent basis. In deciding whether to order spousal support, the court must consider certain statutory factors. Speak to one of our Charlottesville spousal support lawyers to learn more

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Child Support

In Virginia, child support determined by specific statutory guidelines. The child support guidelines are premised on the parties' respective gross incomes, the number of "overnights" each parent has the child, the healthcare insurance costs incurred by a parent, the work-related childcare costs, and a handful of other variables depending on the specific facts of each case. The statutory guidelines are presumed to yield the correct amount of child support. Under some circumstances, the court or the parties can deviate up or down from the statutory guidelines. Speak to our Charlottesville Child Support attorneys to learn more.

Contact us to discuss how best to address your family law needs.