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Since 1975, ShounBach has served the Northern Virginia community. Our team brings over 200 years of combined legal experience and has grown to be one of Virginia’s largest family and estate law firms.

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ShounBach Is Pleased to Announce We Have Been Ranked in 2022 “Best Law Firms”

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U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, for the 12th consecutive year, announce the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. ShounBach has been ranked in the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 2 practice areas. Firms included in the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2022 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”; includes rankings in 75 natio…

ShounBach is pleased to continue our participation in the Fairfax Law Foundation’s Fellows Program

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ShounBach is pleased to continue our participation in the Fairfax Law Foundation’s Fellows Program for an additional 10 years at the Champion of Justice Level. Our firm is excited to continue our partnership with the Fairfax Law Foundation and do what we can to support their very important projects which include: providing legal assistance to the indigent, educating youth about the judicial system and making the court system more user-friendly and efficient for everyone. If you would like to learn more or find out ways you could help please visit their website at https://www.fairfaxlawfoundation.org/.

Virginia enacts the Uniform Collaborative Law Act in 2021

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Collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution that developed over 30 years ago in Minnesota with attorney Stu Webb. Since its initial use in Minnesota, the practice has spread to all 50 states in the U.S and to 25 different countries across the globe. With the passage of its Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) in 2021, Virginia becomes the 21st U.S. jurisdiction to pass a Uniform Collaborative Law Act or Rule, including D.C. in 2012 and Maryland in 2014. Virginia’s UCLA becomes effective July 1, 2021 and will be set out in Virginia Code as Title 20, Chapter 11, §§ 20-168 through 20-187.

It is such an exciting time at ShounBach

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It is such an exciting time at ShounBach. In the last couple of weeks we have had some great additions to our firm. At the end of April, we welcomed Alexandra Levantovscaia to the firm as our new paralegal. As of May 1, we joined forces with M.H. Lawrence and Associates so that we now can handle all of your elder law, estate planning and estate administration needs. In combining the two firms we welcomed attorneys Mary Lawrence and Alexis Abraham, as well as Alisa Strosser, Julia Dailey and Elizabeth Gillette to the ShounBach team. Alisa Strosser will continue as their paralegal, Julia Dailey will do paralegal work and be an assistant offi…

ShounBach is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have once again been included in the Super Lawyers® List for 2021

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have once again been included in the Super Lawyers® List for 2021;  Albert Bonin, Susan Butler, Molly Garrett and Roberta Henault. Hayden Lee, Carrie Patterson, Elizabeth Bookwalter and Sarah Knapp have been included in the 2021 Rising Stars List. The attorneys are selected through a process of independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. ShounBach is honored to receive recognition for these attorneys who offer quality legal representation and their commitment to their clients. For more information on all of our attorneys please visit our Attorney Profile Page.

ShounBach Shows Support for Dog Shot – Donates to Crime Solvers Reward Fund

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Many of the ShounBach team are die hard dog lovers and we were collectively saddened to learn of the shooting of a dog in Manassas Park on Monday.  We are so thankful that the injured pup was quickly able to get the medical attention he needed to survive and that he is expected to make a full recovery.  To show our support, we have donated to the Crime Solvers Reward fund to help the Manassas Park Police Department find the person or person(s) responsible. If you would like to donate to the Crime Solvers Reward fund, donations can be dropped off at the Police Station located at 329 Manassas Drive, Manassas Park, Virginia. You can also ma…

We are honored to share that our founder, Robert E. Shoun (“Bob”), has been posthumously inducted in to the Class of 2021 for the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.

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We are honored to share that our founder, Robert E. Shoun (“Bob”), has been posthumously inducted in to the Class of 2021 for the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame. The Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame honors Virginia lawyers age 60 and older and criteria for inclusion in the Hall of Fame include career accomplishments, contributions to the development of the law in Virginia, contributions to the bar and to the commonwealth at large and efforts to improve the quality of justice in Virginia. Bob incorporated Robert E. Shoun, P.C. on September 23, 1975 and over the past forty-five years, his hard work and dedication to both our firm and the lega…

Monthly Member Spotlight of Fairfax Law Foundation

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At ShounBach, our divorce lawyers have over 200 years of combined legal experience. Our firm has been in existence for over 45 years, making it soundly established and proven in its success. Our attorneys have had the honor of being included in such prestigious lists as Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers in America ®. As well as being recognized as top lawyers by a multitude of publications including Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Ten Leaders©, and the Washington Post. We have lawyers who have also received an AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. Our firm has more divorce lawyers listed in Ten Leaders© than any o…

ShounBach ranked in 2021 “Best Law Firms”

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ShounBach has been ranked in the 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 2 practice areas. Firms included in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2021 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 127 metropolitan – based practice areas. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/ or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high …

Susan Butler has recently earned the designation “Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.”

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Susan Butler has recently earned the designation “Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.” The role of the CDFA® is to help the client understand how the financial decisions made today will impact the client’s financial future. A CDFA® is someone who comes from a financial planning, accounting or legal background and goes through an intensive training program and written exam to become skilled in analyzing and providing expertise related to the financial issues of divorce.

7 ShounBach lawyers named to 2021 Best Lawyers® list

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that 7 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries. “Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments…

Fueling the Front Lines

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ShounBach is excited to sponsor the Prince William Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section in their “Fueling the Front Lines” initiative. All the funds raised by the Young Lawyers Section will be used to provide meals to the Novant Prince William Medical Center’s ER and Critical Care Units to thank them for risking their lives during this unprecedented time to help those in need. They will be buying these meals from local restaurants to help the small businesses that suffered the hardest during this time. The project will be helping both the front line workers and small business owners in our community. ShounBach has always prided ourselve…

New Virginia Laws

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With July 1 each year, comes a host of new Virginia laws. The vast majority of the new laws go into effect on July 1, although a few have delayed effective dates. The subject of the new laws runs the gamut from minimum wage, marijuana decriminalization (for simple possession), driver cards for immigrants, guns, casinos/sports betting and more. The following laws impact the domestic relation / family law arena: HB 623. Gender-neutral terms; prohibitions on same-sex marriage and civil unions removed from Code; certain gender-specific crimes; penalty. Replaces the terms “husband” and “wife,” as well as related terms, with gender-neutral term…

Currently Experiencing Issues With Our Phone System

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We are currently experiencing issues with our phone system, when we make outgoing calls our phone number is coming up as unknown or as a blocked number for many clients. We are aware of this issue and we are trying to get it fixed. We ask that if you are expecting a call from your attorney and don’t want to answer the phone for an “unknown caller” please call the office back to speak with your attorney.

ShounBach Stands in Solidarity Against Racism, Oppression and Violence.

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr. ShounBach stands in solidarity against racism, oppression and violence. As lawyers, we all went to law school with dreams of using the law to make the world a better place and helping people. Many of us wanted (and still want) to change the world, to protect those who need protection and to do our part to help those in need. Through our own individual lives, our experiences have shaped who we are. However, we are all aligned under the principle that there must be e…

COVID-19: Divorce in a Time of Crisis

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To say that people are dealing with stress and anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic is an understatement.  With a shelter in place order in effect, couples have suddenly found themselves confined to their homes and spending a lot more time together.  It’s easy to see why many couples are feeling the strain and while many couples will make it through, others may be considering divorce.  Divorce is not an easy decision to make, but if you’ve made that decision, you’re not alone.  So, now what?  You’ve determined that you’re not able to salvage your relationship and are ready for the next step.  But what IS the nex…

Are Pensions Considered Separate Property in a Virginia Divorce?

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In 2018 alone, over 21,000 divorces took place in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Health Statistics. With the prevalence of divorce comes the challenge of dividing up retirement assets among divorcing spouses. You have worked hard for your pension, but you are now facing a divorce. You may be considering whether your pension or your spouse’s pension is considered separate or marital property. How do Virginia courts divide up retirement accounts such as Thrift Savings Plans, defined benefit plans (pensions), 401(k)s and IRA accounts? Virginia Courts May Treat Retirement Accounts As Marital Property In V…

Quick Update for our Clients, Colleagues and Friends

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On April 22, 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia entered a Third Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to Covid-19 Emergency. The Order can be found here. By doing so, the Supreme Court extended their prior order which continued most civil cases, this time, through May 17, 2020. What does this mean? If your case was scheduled to be heard between now and May 17, 2020, chances are it was removed from the docket. What happens next depends on which Court your case is pending in, as local jurisdictions are addressing the Supreme Court’s order in their own ways. We have complied the latest information and included i…

If My Child is Sick During COVID-19, Can I Deny Visitation or Custody Arrangements?

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For those wondering whether you’re able to deny child custody or visitation arrangements during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, this one’s for you.  Child custody and visitation exchanges are exempt from the Governor of Virginia’s stay-at-home order. While school is out, working together to create a predictable and concrete schedule for custody and visitation can reduce stress and bring both parents and children comfort.  However, practicing common sense during these exchanges is key while the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic is ongoing.  Before the child returns, ask everyone in the house to do a symptom check.  Let the ch…

Parenting Support during the Coronavirus

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“Parenting Support during the Coronavirus” is a free weekly webinar series offered by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP). Each week we address topics important to parents, such as working from home and caregiving, effective homeschooling, keeping the peace, and other practical topics for coping during this crisis. Anyone can enroll for FREE – just register now! With nearly 40 years of experience helping thousands of parents develop strong, resilient families, PEP’s approach works – and is needed now more than ever. We are also developing a series in Spanish! Let us know if you’d like to receive more information when it becomes availa…

Protective Order Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Due to the Governor of Virginia’s stay-at-home order, many are forced to cohabit with a significant other who may be physically, verbally, or emotionally abusive towards them.  Times of personal and financial strain historically exacerbate instances of abuse, and victims of domestic violence are at increased risk now more than ever.  Given the pandemic, Courts have closed for general business purposes and resources have become more difficult to obtain.  However, emergency court proceedings, such as protective order hearings, are still permitted under both the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) travel restrictions and declaration of a judicia…

How is COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Affecting Your Case

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As you know, not only has the Governor of Virginia issued Stay-at-Home Orders, but the Supreme Court has also declared a Judicial Emergency during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.  If you would like to read the most recent Notice from the Supreme Court of Virginia, it can be found here. Given that the Court handles so many different matters, we wanted to explain what the declaration of Judicial Emergency means for our current and potential new clients. Generally speaking, the Courts are not hearing any civil matters, except for emergency matters.  Divorce, child custody and visitation matters and support matters all fall under th…

Coronavirus and Domestic Violence: Protecting You and Your Family

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As COVID-19 has compelled government leaders to issue stay-at-home orders and lockdown policies, domestic violence incidents are increasing around the world.  Many people are forced into seclusion with an abusive significant other and deprived of significant resources and assistance that would be otherwise available.  Protecting yourself and your family has become much more dangerous and complex. If you or a family member is in immediate danger, call 911.  The police can assist with obtaining an Emergency Protective Order (EPO).  An EPO lasts for forty-eight (48) hours, providing a victim of domestic violence the chance to seek a longer pr…

Can I see my child during the coronavirus Covid-19?

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As we all know, on March 30, 2020 the Governor of Virginia issued a statewide Temporary Stay at Home Order due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. One of those circumstances is for the purpose of traveling required by court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care.  We understand that stress and anxiety levels are increased due to the COVID19 pandemic, however, we urge our clients not to let that translate into interference and/or withholding of custody or visitation.  If you believe that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or hav…

The Divorce Lawyer Perspective – How your family can deal with COVID19

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These are stressful times for all of us. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) notes that infectious disease outbreaks, such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), create significant distress for the public as well as strain health care systems tasked with caring for affected individuals and containing the disease. We are all in the midst of it, and we can all feel it. To help us deal with the stress, the APA recommends that we: Stay informed. Obtain current information about the outbreak from trusted sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention atwww.cdc.gov and the World Health Organization at www.who.int. Educate….

COVID-19 Update from Shoun Bach

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We are honored to be celebrating our 45th year in business this year.  For any small business, that is no small feat.  We have been there with our clients through many trying and scary times, both on an individual and a global level, and with your trust and support, we will continue to be with you through the present. We are people too, and we are doing our best to listen to the rapidly changing landscape of recommendations and precautions, more on that below, and continue to do what is best for our clients, our families and friends and our community.  With that said, we want you to know that we will continue to operate.  We are here for y…

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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We are concerned for the health of all of our staff and clients due to the recent and growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are also dedicated to serving our clients. We are open for business and our virtual doors are also open. We are taking extra steps to clean frequently touched areas of our office. We are happy to schedule phone appointments, including for new client consultations. If you currently have an appointment with one of our attorneys and would rather it be held by telephone, please let us know. In accordance with CDC guidelines, we are asking any of our staff to stay home if they are ill or if th…

Hayden O. Lee on discovery preparation & strategy

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Hayden Lee was a speaker and presenter at the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center’s January 30, 2020 continuing legal education seminar on child custody representation in the Juvenile Court. Hayden, who has extensive experience handling cases in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, spoke on the topic of discovery preparation and case strategy to a large audience of attorneys.

Susan butler invited to join the IAFL

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that Susan Butler has been accepted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). Membership to the IAFL is by invitation only and reserved for the most experienced and deserving attorneys in each of their countries. The IAFL brings family law attorneys from all over the world together for assistance and education related to international family law cases that they may handle. We are very excited that Susan has joined Al Bonin to represent our firm in this prestigious group. To learn more about the IAFL please visit their website at https://www.iafl.com/

ShounBach ranked in 2020 “Best Law Firms”

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U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, for the ninth consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings. ShounBach has been ranked in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list and regionally in 2 practice areas. Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2020 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. A “Law Firm …

ShounBach received a Certificate of Excellence from Legal Services of Northern Virginia

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that we have received a Certificate of Excellence from Legal Services of Northern Virginia for our participation in the Attorney of the Day Program. Our attorneys volunteer their time to assist victims of domestic violence obtain protective orders thru the court system and help them get a fresh start. Legal Services of Northern Virginia helps thousands of low-income clients with civil legal matters each year. They provide legal advice and representation as well as helping to bring legal education to community agencies, task forces and coordinated response teams to find innovative solutions to broader proble…

Office Closed Today

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Our office will be closed for the day for a firm event. If you need to reach us, please message us here: https://www.shoun.com/contact-us/ We apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks!

ShounBach goes purple today for Domestic Abuse Awareness month!

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ShounBach goes purple today for Domestic Abuse Awareness month! If we wore purple and made a $5 donation to Artemis House we were allowed to wear jeans for the day! We are dedicated to helping end domestic violence we are sponsors of Cooper Ginsberg and Gray’s Annual Golf Tournament which raises money for Artemis House and our attorneys donate their time to work with Legal Services of Northern Virginia for the Attorney of the Day program, assisting clients with Protective Order cases. Artemis House is Fairfax County’s only 24 hour domestic violence shelter – operated by Shelter House. To learn more please visit their websitewww.shelterhous…

ShounBach goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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ShounBach goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month…the firm had a wear pink day today. If you wore pink and donated $5 you were able to wear jeans to work today. All donations are going to the THE IIIB’S FOUNDATION, which provides gift baskets to woman having mastectomy surgery. To learn more about this great cause or to donate please visit their website at https://www.keepthecandleglowing.org/?fbclid=IwAR15vCUzwlQ-oDuAnYSb5H_LWz5VBTWIFSYrYuRr6IylPH4nRDEC8SQi_3w

ShounBach was once again a proud supporter of the Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Half Marathon

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ShounBach continues our tradition of supporting the Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Half Marathon that happened on Sunday September 29th. Our firm enjoys being a part of our community and we are proud to be supporters of this race. As part of our support, we also donate cups to the Sweet Julia Grace Foundation, which runs the beer garden as one of their yearly fundraisers. The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation supports families whose children are sick by bringing inspiration to these children who are facing bigger challenges than any young child should have to face. To learn more about their great cause and donate please visit t…

Our office will be closed September 2, 2019

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In honor of Labor Day, our office will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, and we will be closing early today at 3pm. Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday!

Fairfax Bar Association Paralegal Section Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive

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            On Monday, August 19th, ShounBach Legal Assistant, Jessica DeVaughn, participated in the FBA Paralegal Section Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive at FACETS in Fairfax, Virginia. In hopes of helping local children start the school year off right, the Paralegal Section successfully stuffed 50+ backpacks with necessary supplies for local students. The Supply Drive benefits pre-school and school aged children who receive assistance through New Hope Housing and FACETS, both are non-profit organizations who assist homeless individuals in Fairfax County.

5 ShounBach lawyers named to 2019 Best Lawyers® list

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August 15, 2019 — ShounBach is pleased to announce that 5 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and…

AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference

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Last week Hope Rosen and Roberta Henault attended the AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The conference featured presentations from some of the most prestigious and experienced family law practitioners and accountants across the country.  Topics included the impact of the 2018 tax reform on alimony and other divorce issues, protection of assets and valuation of businesses and intellectual property.  

Virginia Gold Cup

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On May 4, 2019, the attorneys of ShounBach were joined by colleagues, friends and family to enjoy the annual Virginia Gold Cup Races. ShounBach once again hosted a tent directly on the North Rail. The event is held at the beautiful Great Meadows, in The Plains, Virginia. Guests placed bets on the horses, donned festive hats and attire and dined on delicious food and drinks. The Virginia Gold Cup has been held since 1922, is one of the nation’s largest steeplechase races and draws sellout crowds of over 60,000 people. It was a perfect day to relax and enjoy great company.

How Can I Complete my Divorce?

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For many, the word “divorce” conjures images of contentious courtroom battles and complicated, drawn-out legal fights that leave both parties financially broke and emotionally broken. Your divorce does not have to fit this image. There are actually a few different paths you can take to finalizing your divorce, and a few of them occur outside the courtroom and rely on cooperation, rather than conflict. Your divorce lawyer can explain these paths through the divorce process to you in greater detail and help you determine which is the most productive choice for ending your marriage. Mediation Mediation is the process through which a divorcing…

2019 Super Lawyers List

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have again been included in the 2019 Super Lawyers® List; Albert Bonin, Susan Butler, Molly Garrett and Roberta Henault. Hayden Lee has also been included the Rising Star list. The attorneys are selected through a process of independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. ShounBach is honored to receive recognition for these attorneys who offer quality legal representation and their commitment to their clients. For more information on all of our attorneys please visit out Attorney Profile Page.

Administrative Professionals Day

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ShounBach was excited to celebrate our wonderful staff on Wednesday the 24th for Administrative Professionals Day. Our office would never run without these very dedicated and talented people. One day isn’t enough to celebrate how very much they mean to us but we certainly gave it our best shot.  

ShounBach continues Sponsorship of Prince William Bench Bar Dinner Dance

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Attorneys Sarah Knapp, Carrie Patterson and Hope Rosen attended one of the Prince William Bar Association’s biggest social events of the year on April 6, 2019. ShounBach was happy to continue its sponsorship of the annual Prince William County Bar Dinner Dance held at the beautiful Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor. The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, during which the Bar Association presents various awards for excellence and professionalism, and finishes with a live music and dancing by all. For information on next year’s Bar Dinner Dance please visit the Pri…

HEROES V. VILLAINS

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On April 7, 2019 ShounBach employees, Danubia Arias and Lauren Tomsey, participated in the Heroes vs. Villains Run for Justice 5k and attorney, Hayden Lee, was a volunteer helping at a water station.  The annual race, hosted by the Fairfax Law Foundation, the proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Pro Bono Program that provides legal services for impoverished Fairfax County residents and law related education programs for local students. ShounBach was a proud sponsor of the event.

Our office will be closed on Friday April 5th

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Exciting renovations are starting in our Fairfax office over the next several months. In order to prepare for these renovations our office will be closed on Friday April 5th. We will reopen on Monday April 8th at 8:30 am. 

What is Considered Separate Property in a Divorce?

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In a Virginia divorce, assets will be classified as marital or separate before they are divided. Valuation of assets, including the marital residence, investment properties, bank accounts, business interests, as well as any jewelry, furniture, art works, vehicles or other personal property owned by both or either spouse is required for “equitable distribution” by the court. Virginia is not a community property state: the court makes an equitable distribution of property, which is not necessarily an equal division. Marital Property vs. Separate Property Property acquired before the marriage or after the date of last separation, property acq…

National Love Your Pet Day, Meet Our Pets!

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In honor of Love Your Pet Day, ShounBach is pleased to showcase all of our firm’s dog friends. We are all animal lovers and have many great conversations about our pets and their crazy antics. Meet Susan’s dog, Hugo. Hugo is a 2 year old Greater Swiss Mountain dog.  He loves hiking, chasing snowballs and herding his family. Meet Tucker, he is a 6 month old Hound Mix, that Cindy adopted about 6 weeks ago. He loves blankets, people, other dogs, cuddles on the couch, taking up all of Cindy’s bed, trying to eat all the trash when he is out on his walks and is totally in love with destroying water bottles (empty or full, he doesn’t careJ). He …

Office Closed- 2/20/19

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Our office is closed Today. We will reopen Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Office Closed for President’s Day

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Our office will be closed for President’s Day. We will reopen Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

ShounBach’s Valentine’s Day themed party at the Serve Shelter in Manassas.

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On February 12, 2019, ShounBach hosted a Valentine’s Day themed party at the Serve Shelter in Manassas. The shelter residents were able to make Valentine’s Day crafts, enjoy lots of sweet treats, enjoy many fun games including Plinko, monster golf and race to see who could stack the most conversation hearts. Let us tell you stacking conversation hearts is a lot harder than it sounds. ShounBach is always excited to be able to host parties at the shelter. Our staff and friends volunteered to plan, set up, and assist in making the event a great success for the children and adults that are at the shelter. Our firm has partnered with Northern V…

ShounBach is a proud sponsor of the 4th annual Loudoun Bar Foundation’s Casino Night Fundraiser

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Attorneys Roberta Henault, Hope Rosen and Carrie Patterson attended the Loudoun Bar Foundation’s Casino Night Fundraiser. It was the 4th annual Casino Night held at Leesburg Junction on February 8, 2019 benefitting the Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Camp. The Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law program is designed to afford rising high school students the opportunity to work with local judges, lawyers, law clerks and other professionals to learn about the law. Local attorneys serve on committees responsible for fundraising, publicity, and organizing witnesses and mentors. ShounBach is a proud sponsor of this event.

ShounBach organizes CLE for the VA Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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For the third year, ShounBach, along with other members of the Virginia Chapter of the AAML, coordinated and hosted an advanced family law CLE at the University of Richmond Law School.  This year’s effort was spearheaded by Susan Butler, and was entitled What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You: Complex Issues in Divorce & Custody Cases. The program included a wide range of topics including changes in federal tax law, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency, the impact of divorce on the sale and transfer of the marital home, special needs children & divorce, and Ethics. With over 100 attendees, the program was an exceptional success and reviews were ou…

ShounBach Valentine’s Day Project

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On February 13, 2019, ShounBach staff, Jessica DeVaughn, Amanda Hutchison and Ann Drake, members of the Fairfax Bar Association’s Paralegal Section, will be participating in the Valentine’s Day Project benefiting Foundations and the Boys’ Probation House.  This program provides gift bags containing new books, journals, and personal items for thirty-four young people. ShounBach has donated to this project for several years and we are proud that our staff members participate in the filling of the bags each year.

ShounBach is pleased to announce that Susan Butler has been included in the Virginia Lawyers Media ‘Influential Women of Law’ List for 2019!

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that Susan Butler has been included in the Virginia Lawyers Media ‘Influential Women of Law’ List for 2019. This is the first year that they have done the list to honor woman attorneys and judges who are committed not only to their clients but also their communities.  A reception and dinner will be held on Monday February 18th to celebrate the honorees and each honoree will be profiled in a special supplement in a February issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Congratulations to Susan for all of her hard work.  

ShounBach is pleased to announce that Hayden Lee has become a Partner at the firm.

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that Hayden Lee has become a Partner at the firm. Hayden has been with the firm for almost 7 years and has continued to dedicate himself to not only the firm but the clients that he represents. Hayden has been admitted to practice law in Virginia since 2007.  He began his career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Humes J. Franklin, Jr. and Thomas H. Wood of the 25th Judicial Circuit of Virginia from 2007 to 2008, and has been engaged in private practice since 2008.  Hayden has handled cases throughout the Commonwealth, but currently focuses his practice on family law matters in Northern Virginia and the …

ShounBach partnered with Volunteer Prince William to participate in the “Un-Trim a Tree” project.

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ShounBach has once again partnered with Volunteer Prince William to participate in the “Un-Trim a Tree” project. For the fifth year in a row the firm, our attorneys and staff have all “adopted” children to shop for this holiday season. Each child and their siblings are nominated by their school to receive the gifts and asked to pick two gifts they would like to receive for Christmas. This year’s favorites were L.O.L Dolls, Paw Patrol toys and clothes. We are very thankful to be able to give back to the community for this great project. To learn more about Volunteer Prince William and to find out how you can help, visit their website at Vol…

Life Insurance After Divorce

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By Sarah Knapp Life insurance is designed to provide an added level of protection and security for your family and loved ones in the event of tragedy. Most people make the beneficiaries of such policies their spouse or their children.  But what happens to those life insurance policies after a divorce? Life insurance policies are contracts between the insurer and the policy owner, and the policy owner generally has full authority to designate whomever he or she chooses as the beneficiaries of the policy. Further, the policy owner can often terminate the policy or change the beneficiaries at any time, and many do after a separation or divor…

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women’s Attorney Association (NVWAA) Annual Holiday Reception

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The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women’s Attorney Association (NVWAA) Annual Holiday Reception was held at The Atrium at Meadowlark Gardens on December 5, 2018.  Attorney Molly Garrett is a Past President and current Board Member of the organization.  In addition to Ms. Garrett, attorneys Al Bonin and Roberta Henault attended the reception.  NVWAA collected gifts for children as part of the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Gifting for Families Program.  The NVFS provides valuable services for families and individuals in need.  ShounBach is a proud sponsor of this annual event.

ShounBach is pleased to announce that our attorneys have been included in the Washingtonian’s Top Lawyers 2018 List!

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that our attorneys, Albert Bonin and Susan Butler, have been included in the Washingtonian’s Top Lawyers 2018 List. The list can be found in the Washingtonian’s December issue, which is available now. It is a great honor for our attorneys to be included with other top lawyers from the area.

Closing Notice

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Our office will be closing at 12:15pm on Friday, December 7th for our holiday party. We will reopen on Monday, December 10th at 8:30 am.

2018 Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) Annual Conference

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ShounBach was represented at the VaCP Annual Conference at the Omni Charlottesville on November 12, 2018, by Hayden Lee and Carrie Patterson.  ShounBach was a silver sponsor for the conference, which is an association of collaborative professionals.  The Conference was well attended with 63 attendees from all three professions (mental health professionals, financial professionals, and attorneys).  This year’s Annual Conference included a panel discussion about the passage of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (the “UCLA”) in Virginia.  Panel members included David Toscano, House of Delegates Democratic Leader in the Virginia General Assembl…

2018 FBA NASHVILLE CONVENTION

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On October 24th, ShounBach attorneys Molly Garrett and Hope Rosen attended the 2018 Fairfax Bar Association Convention held at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.  Topics of discussion included Effective Trial Advocacy, a review of Entertainment Law Contracts, Legislative Updates, Business Valuation and Ethical Considerations for the Virginia Practitioner. The attorneys were able to attend the lectures, mingle with other attorneys and enjoy some of what Nashville has to offer.

Shounbach is excited to announce that four of our attorneys were named on the Northern Virginia Magazine Best Lawyers List for 2018

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Shounbach is excited to announce that our attorneys: Al Bonin, Susan Butler, Molly Garrett and Roberta Henault were named on the Northern Virginia Magazine Best Lawyers List for 2018.  Northern Virginia Magazine gathers the Best of NOVA list highlighting the best Dentists, Restaurants, Lawyers, etc. in the area.  Our firm is very proud to have four of our attorneys included on the list.

ShounBach continued its tradition of sponsorship of the Jazz4Justice Concert. 

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ShounBach continued its tradition of sponsorship of the Jazz4Justice Concert. ShounBach was a “Boogie-Woogie” sponsor for the 17th Annual Jazz4Justice Concert held on November 17, 2018 in the George Mason University for the Arts Concert Hall.  Jazz4Justice raises money for Legal Aid programs as well as scholarships for music students.

Thanksgiving Office Hours

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our clients, colleagues and family! Our office will be closing today @3pm and re-opening Monday November 26th at 8:30 am.

Twelve Steps To Take Before Getting a Divorce

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A divorce is a life changing event, especially if you have children. You need to properly lay the groundwork before the process starts so it might go more smoothly and faster. Given how expensive it is to live in the Fairfax, Virginia, area, planning ahead financially is very important. Here are some suggestions on preparing for a divorce. Do you need a divorce? Decide if this is something you really want to do. Is there no hope for your relationship? Counseling may be worth a try. Once the divorce process starts it may be difficult, if not impossible, to try to get the relationship back on track. Talk to an attorney. Learn about your lega…

ShounBach has been Included in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ®listing!

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We are proud to announce that ShounBach has once again been selected for inclusion in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ®listing. This is the listing for the year 2019. The Best Lawyers in America ® is a highly respected published listing that honors law firms in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia. Firms included in the 2019 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with impressive ratings from clients and peers.  

Corporate Olympics at Monster Mini Golf

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The firm held its second annual Firm Event on Friday October 5th at Monster Mini Golf in Chantilly. We divided into four teams and competed in glow-in-the-dark Monster Mini Golf, Atomic Rush and Duckpin Bowling.  The competition was strong and we all wanted to win the “Gold”, but Molly’s team was the ultimate winner of the Corporate Olympics, her team included fellow attorneys Dan and Al, along with staff members Amanda and Tanya. We all had a great time working together, having lunch and enjoying some time away from the office.

Closing Notice

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Our office will be closing at 12pm on Friday October 5th for a firm event and will be closed on Monday October 9th for Columbus Day. We will reopen on Tuesday October 10th at 8:30 am.

18th Annual Chipping In to End Domestic Violence Golf Tournament

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It was a beautiful day on the golf course for the 18th Annual Chipping In to End Domestic Violence Golf Tournament! On October 1, 2018, Cooper Ginsberg Gray hosted their 18th Annual Chipping In To End Domestic Violence Charity Golf Tournament at The Bull Run Golf Course. ShounBach was once again a sponsor for the event and supplied the water bottles for all the golfers. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the victims of domestic violence currently being served at Artemis House, Fairfax County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter.  Over the last 17 years the tournament has raised over $390,000 for the Artemis House, we can’t wait to see th…

ShounBach Sponsors Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William County Half Marathon

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ShounBach is proud to be a repeat sponsor for the Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William County Half Marathon on September 30, 2018, at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. The race had runners travel through the paved course roads at the historic Manassas National Battlefield.  Upon return to Jiffy Lube Live participants enjoyed the Race Village complete with live music, featuring several local bands, food, beer garden and more.  ShounBach donated cups for use in the Sweet Julia Grace Beer Garden.  The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation (SJGF) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization.  By “bridging the gap” between the families they…

Hayden Lee moderates panel for the annual VTLA Family Law Seminar

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On September 11, 2018, Hayden Lee moderated a panel of judges, attorneys and psychologists concerning the topic of parental alienation in custody disputes at the annual Virginia Trial Lawyers Family Law Seminar. The panel discussed in detail how parental alienation affects children, how to prepare a case in court where alienation is an issue and strategies for obtaining appropriate relief from the court.

5 ShounBach lawyers named to 2019 Best Lawyers® list

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August 15, 2018 — ShounBach is pleased to announce that 5 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries. “Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of highlighting the extraordin…

Summer Issue of Virginia Family Law Quarterly

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We are proud to announce that our very own Daniel Schy has an article in the Virginia Family Law Quarterly for Summer 2018. The article is regarding children testifying at trial. To read the article click here.

Virginia Family Law Quarterly – Calling a Child to Testify at Trial

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By: Daniel B. Schy Fewer decisions give rise to more consternation and uncertainty than whether to have a minor child testify in a custody matter. The reasons are manifest: involving a minor child in the custody process can have far-reaching implications for the child or can negatively impact the child’s relationship with his/her parents, and the mere decision to have a child testify can impact the decision of the court. Reflexively, we advise most clients against children testifying because of these concerns. But what about in cases of parental alienation? What about cases involving allegations of abuse? There are, of course, certain circ…

Closed at 3PM

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Our office will be closed at 3PM today as we prepare for the upcoming holiday. We will resume our normal working hours on Thursday, July 5th.  

Ben Lomand Flying Ducks

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For the 4th year in a row, ShounBach is proud to sponsor the Ben Lomand Flying Ducks swim team. The team is based out of Prince William County and their home is Splashdown Water Park. Our attorney, Sarah Knapp has four children on the team.  Here’s to a great swim season!!

Lawyerpolooza

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On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Kathryn Taylor attended the Fairfax County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section’s “Lawyerpolooza.” Since 1996, the Section has hosted the backyard barbecue as a chance for the legal community to mix and mingle with their families in a casual setting. The annual tradition has catered barbecue, yard games, door prizes, a beer garden, door prizes and much more. ShounBach was a proud sponsor of this event.

Closing Notice

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Our office is going to be closed today until 2pm, as we are busing people to DC for the Capitals parade! We will resume our normal working hours at 2PM-5:30PM.

Closed at 4PM

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Our office is going to be closed today until 2pm, as we are busing people to DC for the Capitals parade! We will resume our normal working hours at 2PM-5:30PM  

Memorial Day is here

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Our office will be closed today as of 3pm as well as Monday in observance of Memorial Holiday. Stay safe!

ShounBach to Sponsor Collaborative Professionals of Northern VA Reception      

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ShounBach is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Collaborative Professions of Northern Virginia (CPNV) on May 30th from 6pm-8pm at The Hendry House in Arlington, Virginia. The event will provide a great opportunity for collaboratively trained attorneys, financial experts and mental health professionals to share their insights regarding the ways that a collaborative divorce can be a better option than a traditional divorce for some families. For more information on the CPNV please visit their website at www.cpnova.com.    

Fairfax Bar Association’s 18th Annual Spring Golf Tournament

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On May 14, 2018, ShounBach will once again have a team in the Fairfax Bar Association’s 18th Annual Spring Golf Tournament. This year, Molly Garrett and Dan Schy of ShounBach will be joined by Shannon Kroeger and Rich Dzubin of Rich Rosenthal Brincefield Manitta Dzubin & Kroeger. The tournament takes place at the Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Virginia and is held in honor of William L. Schmidt. The event includes contests, raffles, a post activities dinner and a silent auction, which raises money to benefit The Fairfax Law Foundation. ShounBach is a proud Par sponsor of the event.

The Virginia Gold Cup – ShounBach

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On May 5, 2017, the attorneys and staff of ShounBach were joined by colleagues, friends and family to enjoy the 93rd Virginia Gold Cup Races. For the past few years, ShounBach has hosted a tent directly on the North Rail. The event is held at the beautiful Great Meadows, in The Plains, Virginia. Guests placed bets on the horses, donned festive hats and attire and dined on delicious food and drinks. The Virginia Gold Cup has been held since 1922, is one of the nation’s largest steeplechase races and draws sellout crowds of over 50,000 people. The weather was a bit rainy towards the end of the afternoon but it did not dampen the good time ha…

ShounBach was again a sponsor for the Law Day Weiner Roast on May 1, 2016

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The Law Day Weiner Roast is an annual fundraiser for the benefit of the Fairfax Law Foundation.  It was named after its founder, Edward Weiner who has graciously hosted the Weiner Roast since 2001.  Highlights of the Weiner Roast include a shoe shine stand, root beer floats, cotton candy and lots of fun.  Proceeds from the event assist the Fairfax Law Foundation in providing the Northern Virginia community with numerous services including outreach programs in the public schools, pro bono legal services and more.

International Association of Family Lawyers annual Open Conference

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Hayden Lee attended the International Association of Family Lawyers annual Open Conference in New York City on April 19 and 20. At the conference, Hayden had the opportunity to meet and interact with family law attorneys from around the globe. Hayden also learned important information about international family law practice, including enforcement of international prenuptial and divorce settlement agreements, important differences between common and civil law jurisdictions, as well as issues concerning international child custody and the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. Hayden Lee regularly handles internation…

Fairfax Law Foundation Recognizes Fellows

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Al Bonin and Jessica DeVaughn attended a recent Fairfax Law Foundation reception, which was held in appreciation of the Fellows and the generous contributions they make to fund the programs support by the FLF. Current Board of Directors President, Bill Daly, recognized Mr. Bonin and Ms. Sharon Nelson for their extensive work in getting the Fellows Program up and running and making it the success that it is. The event served as a great opportunity to network, discuss future endeavors, and enjoy good wine and food.

2018 Super Lawyers List

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have again been included in the 2018 Super Lawyers® List; Albert Bonin, Susan Butler, Roberta Henault and Molly Garrett. We have two Associates listed on the Super Lawyers® Rising Star list: Divani Nadaraja and Hayden Lee. This is the first time that Hayden has appeared on the list. Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers. The attorneys are selected through a process of independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. ShounBach is honored to receive recognition for these attorneys who offer quality legal representation and their commitment to their …

SHOUNBACH EXPANDS THE FIRM

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ShounBach is happy to announce the expansion of its firm. Carrie M. Patterson joined the firm on April 4, 2018, bringing the total number of attorneys in the firm to twelve. Carrie brings years of family law experience to the firm. To learn more about Carrie please see her attorney bio. Along with Carrie, paralegal Lauren Tomsey also joined the firm. Lauren will be assisting attorneys: Carrie, Hayden and Hope with their cases. We are very pleased to have both Carrie and Lauren join our firm.

Ascending the Stage: Attorney Divani Nadaraja’s footwork through dance and the law

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Published in 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers — May 2018 If family law attorney Divani Nadaraja had to do a song and dance for her clients, she could. She’s only traveled the globe perfecting her act. “I started dance when I was 4,” says Nadaraja, who, along with her sister, studied Bharatnatyam, a classical South Indian form of dance, when they were growing up in Hayward, California. “The text for the dance was written over 2,500 years ago; it’s very ancient. There are specific hand movements, body formation; the way you move your eyes to tell your story, both rhythmically and theatrically. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t on stage.” Read…

Shoun Bach sponsors the 2018 Prince William Half Marathon

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ShounBach is once again a proud sponsor of the 2018 Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Half Marathon being held on Sunday September 30, 2018 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow. Along with being sponsors we will also have a team of runners participating. If you would like to join our team please register and use the following code to get $20 off the registration amount: sponsorshounbach20 (the code is case sensitive). The registration cost is going up on April 30th so be sure to enter soon! For more information on the race please visit the race website at https://www.princewilliamhalfmarathon.com/

Hayden Lee and Kathy Taylor attended the Fairfax Bar Association Family Law Section

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Hayden Lee and Kathy Taylor attended the Fairfax Bar Association Family Law Section meeting on April 9, 2018.  At the meeting, both attorneys learned about important updates to the domestic relations sections of the Virginia Code, including updates concerning modification of spousal support in cases where a payor retires and new formulas for determining child support in unique custody situations.  These new laws will go into effect in July.

PRINCE WILLIAM BAR DINNER DANCE

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Sarah J. Knapp, President of the Prince William County Bar Association and attorney with ShounBach, acted as Master of Ceremonies at the 2018 Prince William County Bar Dinner Dance held on April 7, 2018, at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA.  ShounBach was a bronze sponsor of the event.  Awards were presented recognizing members for their excellence as trial attorneys, pro bono efforts, and professionalism.  In addition, the Bar celebrated the retirement of Judge Farris and Judge Johnston and the unveiled their portraits that will hang in the Courthouse.  

Vote Hayden Lee for Bar Council!

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Hayden Lee, a family law attorney at ShounBach, is running for a position on the Virginia State Bar Council representing the 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. The Bar Council is a group of elected attorneys that run the Virginia State Bar and handle matters such as lawyer discipline, rule drafting and preparing legal ethics opinions.  Election ballots will be emailed to attorneys on April 9. The firm believes that Hayden would make a great addition to the Bar Council. Hayden has the energy, experience and intelligence to make a positive contribution to the Bar Council. If you are an attorney located in the 19th Judicial Circuit, please co…

What Happens if My Spouse Doesn’t Hire a Divorce Lawyer? 

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That could be good news or bad news. If you’re seeking a divorce in the Manassas, Virginia area, and your spouse can’t or won’t get an attorney that could be a problem or an opportunity. Like divorces in general a lot of it depends if this will be an amicable divorce or your spouse wants to make this as difficult as possible.   Why doesn’t your spouse have an attorney?   Is it a financial issue? Does he or she not have the money or has it but doesn’t want to spend it?   Does your spouse think it is possible to have a “do it yourself” divorce by doing internet research?   If your spouse is driven to make the divorce pure misery for you per…

When Will My Divorce Be Finalized? 

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Couples getting divorced want to try to put their past behind them and start a new life. The start of that new life can be when the divorce is finalized. If there are no problems, a Virginia divorce may take from at least three months from the time the divorce complaint is filed until it’s granted, if there aren’t a lot of disputed issues or the couple has no children and few assets. If there are contested issues (spousal support, child support, child custody, splitting up of assets), a divorce could take much longer, potentially more than a year after there are grounds for divorce.  The legal process is out of your hands, but there are so…

Please Note

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Due to weather conditions, We are closed today (March 21). Please be safe.

1st Annual ShounBach/Cooper Ginsberg Gray Bowling Tournament

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ShounBach challenged Cooper Ginsberg Gray to a bowling face-off.  Members from each firm showed up to talk a little trash and hit the lanes to see which firm would go home with the highly coveted first place trophy.  Awards were also given to the best bowler and the worst bowler. Our very own Hayden Lee, took home the medal for best bowler with the best game score of 179. Unfortunately, ShounBach didn’t go home with the first place trophy but are already in discussions on how to change that when our firms meet again.  
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