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  • I wanted to take the time to thank you for all that you did to get us to a final agreement last night. I was awestruck by your ability, as well as the Judge's, to maintain focus and drive the process forward even when I was hitting the wall and the hours droned on. I am truly sorry for starting to come undone. As much as I tried to avoid it, I think the ...

  • Divani Nadaraja recently represented me in executing a messy divorce agreement. There were complications from the beginning of this enforcement. Divani used creative strategies to come up with a solution that best worked to my advantage. She worked within her boundaries, but was able to get what I was owed. Divani used her insight and pulled from the ...

  • Al and his team have provided the most professional and proactive approach to my case. The level of communication was perfect, walking that fine balance of ensuring that everything is accomplished and watching how the money is spent. They were always at least two or three steps ahead of the pack ensuring that we were prepared for everything that was coming ...

  • Please thank Mr. Bonin for his support late last year. He went above and beyond to provide me with the information that I needed in simple terms, and was creative in providing a plan that would be most affordable to me. I will highly recommend him.

  • I sought a divorce and soon learned that the legal actions would have to take place in Virginia where my wife lived rather than the state where I lived. I was referred to Al Bonin and am pleased to report an excellent working relationship resulted. Despite several conflicts, steady progress toward a solution and equitable settlement was achieved. I was ...

  • Al Bonin and Molly Garrett assisted me during a trying and lengthy custody evaluation involving elementary-aged school children. I do not know how I would have handled the many twists and turns, ups and downs of this emotional roller coaster without their wise, thorough, and expert counsel. It was apparent to me from the first time I met Al Bonin that he had ...

  • Currently Molly Garrett is representing me while I go through a divorce. I wanted to take this opportunity to pass along my thoughts. She is fantastic. We entered into an agreement with my ex very quickly because of her expertise. Also, she brought things to my attention I would have never thought about. She is always so quick to respond. The time stamps are ...

  • I'm so thankful for my lawyer, Roberta K. Henault. If anyone is getting divorced in Northern Virginia, I highly recommend her. Divorce is a quagmire, and she was knowledgeable and capable, and it was such a relief to know I had her looking out for my best interests. She gave me good advice and had a good sense of what I could expect. I never felt that she ...

  • ShounBach is a world class law firm. Al Bonin represented me through a difficult experience with a pragmatic approach, utmost professionalism and complete honesty. Going through a divorce is not easy, but Al guided me in a manner that encouraged me to focus beyond the divorce - it was one of the best things he could have done for me. I will always be ...

  • I reached out to SHOUNBACH for legal representation for custody and visitation cases. So thankful I did! Sarah Knapp has provided me with an legal counsel on a number of different appearances and is a pleasure to work with. Sarah was honest, professional, and kind. She got to know my situation thoroughly, let me know my options and possible outcomes, and ...

  • Sarah Knapp represented me in my 2015 divorce. From our first conversation, Sarah listened to me and provided a steady voice in some trying times. She took the time to explain the process, what I should and should not do, and what to expect throughout the divorce. Each time I met with her or exchanged emails she made me feel as if I was her most important ...

  • I retained ShounBach to prepare a property settlement agreement and to process my divorce documents through the appropriate County Circuit Court in Virginia. I am exceedingly satisfied and indebted to ShounBach for its handling of my family matter. My case was complicated because my ex-spouse is not a U.S. citizen and lives abroad. Nevertheless, Al Bonin was ...

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Northern Virginia Family Law Attorneys

Virginia Family Law Information Center

Family law can be very complicated, with countless laws relating to numerous practice areas. As a result, it is important for anyone facing a domestic relations case to be represented by an attorney with extensive experience and access to resources. As one of the largest family law firms in Virginia, ShounBach is able to provide family lawyers with a wide range of experience, as well as solid training. Our Northern Virgina divorce lawyers are experienced in handling cases in each of the following practice areas:

Dealing with the dissolution of marriage? No matter whether you have already been served with papers or if you are only contemplating filling, we encourage you to contact our firm to learn about the different ways in which we can help you protect yourself. Not ready to take any steps? We are available for consultation on what your rights are under Virginia law.

No matter whether you're seeking agency adoption, international adoption, step parent adoption or parental placement adoption, it is important that you understand the detailed laws and regulations relating to the adoption process.

Child Custody
Child custody is broken down into two areas: legal custody (how important decisions are made for your child, and by who), and physical custody (your child's schedule with each parent). Legal custody and physical custody can be determined through negotiation, mediation, Collaborative divorce, or through litigation.

Child Support
When parents do not live together, the law requires that each parent continue to provide support for his or her children according to their ability. Usually, this amount is determined by the child support guidelines, and one parent will pay a monthly amount to the parent with custody of the child/children.

Domestic Violence
There is a wide range of offenses covered under domestic violence. Protective orders can be entered to prohibit contact with a party; these orders may also extend to your children.

No-Fault Divorce
When two spouses agree to seek dissolution of their marriage due to a voluntary separation, they can seek what is commonly referred to as a no-fault divorce. No marital misconduct or defense is needed.

Fault-Based Divorce
When marital misconduct, such as adultery, is committed by one spouse, it may be grounds for fault-based divorce. This is the traditional form, having been the only legal grounds for divorce in Virginia until the 1970s.

High Net Worth Divorce
Divorce requires the equitable division of marital property, and when your estate is extremely valuable, losses could be more substantial. In such cases, it is important to retain an experienced lawyer.

Military Divorce
Legal proceedings are different for servicemen and women, including divorce. There are many issues that are unique to military cases, including retirement benefits, TSP accounts, access to health insurance and other benefits. If you or your spouse is a military member or a former military member, be sure that your attorney has experience in these areas.

Child Support Modifications
Child support is always modifiable, regardless of whether the amount was reached by agreement or by a judge's ruling. A modification may be appropriate when there has been a change in one parent's financial situation, a change in the legal parenting plan, or some other change since the last order.

Spousal Support Modifications
Modifications can be made to spousal support payments due to certain circumstances. These include changes in the spouse's need for income or change in a spouse's ability to pay.

Pensions and Divorce
Pensions and retirement benefits that accumulate during the marriage are marital property, even though only one spouse earned the benefit. These assets can be divided between the spouses in a divorce.

Permanent Spousal Support
Permanent spousal support may be appropriate depending on the circumstances of your case, including the length of your marriage, the ages and health of the parties, and the parties' work experience and earning capacity.

Premarital Agreements
A premarital agreement is a legal contract entered into by two parties before they are married, usually to protect their assets in the event of divorce or separation. Some parties also include provisions for spousal support.

Prenuptial Agreements
Some people choose to enter into a prenuptial agreement—or a "prenup"—before they are married. The purpose of a prenuptial is to protect each party's property should the marriage end by divorce. Some parties also include provisions for spousal support.

Property Division
One of the most common sources of dissention and argument in a divorce case is property division. Each party desires a fair financial share and security for his or her future. The division of marital property in Virginia is accomplished through the "equitable distribution" of property. Equitable distribution of property does not always mean equal division of property. This process is also known as equitable distribution.

In Virginia, it is possible to begin your separation period while living under the same roof. You do not need to file anything with the court to begin your separation, but you must communicate your intention to permanently separate to your spouse.

Spousal Support
Depending on the difference between your income and your spouse's, spousal support, or alimony, may be appropriate. Spousal support can be awarded for a limited period of time, to allow a spouse to finish school, update work skills, or re-enter the workforce. It may also be appropriate when children are not yet school age. Depending on the length of your marriage and your age, an award of spousal support can also be permanent support.

Visitation and Parental Responsibilities
Children need both parents in their lives for proper development, except in extreme situations. When a child's parents are separating or divorcing, time sharing between the parents should be arranged to allow the children to maintain, or even strengthen, their relationships with both parents.

Fairfax Divorce Lawyer

For a Fairfax divorce attorney who has the knowledge and training to represent you in any of these practice areas, contact ShounBach today. As one of the largest family law-only firms in Virginia, our attorneys have over 200 years of collective legal experience, giving our firm the unique ability to provide tailored legal representation to meet your unique needs. If your case calls for aggressive litigator, we have attorneys with extensive courtroom experience who can provide you with vigorous representation and defense. We also have skilled Collaborative attorneys and mediators who can help you achieve a cooperative resolution. Find out more about our firm by calling our offices today.

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