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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…

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…

Divorce Involving a Spouse or Child With Special Needs by Kathryn Taylor

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Divorce can be challenging under any circumstance. Divorce involving a spouse or child with special needs to consider can make it even more stressful. However, with careful planning families can limit future complications for a family member with special needs. Specifically, the biggest issue to consider is how spousal or child support for the individual with special needs may affect current or future receipt of governmental benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, or housing assistance. Parties must be mindful of how they can achieve a divorce settlement or final resolution that will not later disqualify the famil…

ShounBach Welcomes Attorney Kathryn R. Taylor!

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We are pleased to announce that Kathryn R. Taylor has joined our firm. Ms. Taylor is a native of Northern Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, where her internships focused on family as well as criminal law matters. After graduation and prior to joining the firm, she formally served for two years as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Penney S. Azcarate of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County. During her clerkship, she was actively involved with the Fairfax Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

2017 Prince William Bar Association Dinner Dance

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The annual Prince William County Bar Association Dinner Dance was held on April 1, 2017, at the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia. ShounBach was a Bronze sponsor of the event and was represented by attorney Sarah Knapp, President-Elect of the Prince William County Bar Association. A record setting $12,000 was raised by a silent auction at the event for the Prince William County Bar Foundation, which provides funding for law related education and service projects in the 31st Judicial Circuit, as well as the funding and administration for the Beat the Odds scholarship program.

Run For Justice 5k (2017)

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It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the members of ShounBach racing to the finish line at the annual Run for Justice 5k: Heroes v. Villains. Members of the legal community come together annually to dress up as their favorite superheroes and villains in support of the Fairfax Law Foundation. The Fairfax Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the Fairfax Bar Association. ShounBach is a proud sponsor of this event and a number of our attorneys and staff members participate with their families each year.

Bar Leaders Institute CLE

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On March 10, 2017, ShounBach’s Sarah Knapp attended the Bar Leaders Institute at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia. Sarah attended in her capacity as President-Elect of the Prince William County Bar Association. The topics presented included “Nuts & Bolts of Bar Leadership”, “Ethics for Bar Leaders – The Duty to Care”, “How Bar Leaders Can Successfully Engage Members of the Bench in Local Bar Events and Functions”, and “Bar Projects Showcase”.

Attorney Divani Nadaraja and Husband Welcome Their First Child

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Please join ShounBach in welcoming our newest addition to the firm! On March 15, 2017, attorney Divani Nadaraja and her husband became the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl. Mommy, Daddy and baby are all doing well. All our best to the new family!

Shounbach Attorneys Attend Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Convention

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Roberta Henault and Molly Garrett attended the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) 2017 Annual Convention held on March 30-April 2, 2017. The convention was held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. For fifty-eight years, the VTLA has hosted an annual convention where attorneys can come together to network and listen to speakers on various topics of interest relative to the area of law they practice. ShounBach is a proud sponsor of this event.

ShounBach Addresses How Trump’s Executive Order Could Affect Family Law Litigation

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In a recent sponsored article with WTOP, Attorney Thomas Velarde discusses how Trump’s executive order expanding the reasons for which immigrants in the US could be deported affects family law litigations. To learn more, read the full article here: http://wtop.com/shoun-bach/2017/02/trumps-order-provides-ammunition-for-litigants-in-family-law-matters/

Shounbach Discusses the Legality Of Cheating With WTOP

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Is adultery a crime? The answer might surprise you! We recently published another sponsored article on WTOP that discusses just this! Learn more here: http://wtop.com/shoun-bach/2017/02/is-cheating-on-your-spouse-a-crime/

Shounbach Valentine’s Day Project

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On February 9, 2017, ShounBach Legal Assistants Jessica DeVaughn and Ann Drake joined other members of the Fairfax Bar Association Paralegal Section to assemble gift bags as part of the group’s annual Valentine’s Day Project. The gift bags will be delivered to Foundations (formerly the Girls’ Probation House), the Boys’ Probation House, young men in the BETA program, and residents of the Transitional Living Program. The bags contained new books, journals, toiletries and personal items for the young men and women in these residential programs.

Shounbach Discusses Initial Consultations with WTOP

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ShounBach recently sponsored another article with WTOP which outlines useful tips for your initial consultation with an attorney. Click here to read more!

Shounbach Discusses Division of Unconventional Assets on WTOP

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We recently published a sponsored article on WTOP that discusses how to divide unconventional assets such as frequent flier miles, credit card reward points and more during a divorce. Learn more here: http://wtop.com/shoun-bach/2017/02/dividing-unconventional-assets/

Stop the Violence

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ShounBach attorneys, Daniel B. Schy and Thomas M. Velarde, participated in the Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) “Stop the Violence” training session on January 18, 2017, as part of the expert panel providing trial tips and evidence strategies concerning Protective Orders. The training session was designed to recruit new volunteers to the program to assist in the Attorney Of The Day program.

Pets in Divorce

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On January 17, 2017, legislation amending Alaska’s divorce law took effect, making it the first state in the country to require the court to consider the well-being of a pet when distributing property during the divorce process. While companion animals have historically been considered property – no different or better than a television or a car – this change reflects an understanding that pets occupy a unique role in our lives. In fact, Alaska’s new law allows a court to order joint ownership of pets after the divorce. Virginia law continues to treat pets as mere property, with little indication that change may be on the horizon. Below a…

Giving Back During the Holidays

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ShounBach is honored to have taken part in some awesome holiday events in December. It seemed like the whole month was spent preparing for or participating in holiday events to help children in need in our community. We once again partnered with Hendrick Honda in Woodbridge and Volunteer Prince William for their “UnTrim A Tree” event. Our firm was able to adopt 20 children again this year to purchase at least the top two items on their Christmas List. Our attorneys and staff members shopped for the children the firm adopted during one huge shopping trip that was so much fun, they may decide to dress up as elves next year! Our attorneys and…

Sarah Knapp Presents at VBA Annual Meeting

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Sarah Knapp, attorney with ShounBach, presented at the Domestic Relations Section “Hot Topics in Family Law” Continuing legal Education program at the Virginia Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, held on January 20, 2017, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Ms. Knapp is a member of the Virginia Bar Association Domestic Relations Section Council and her Hot Topic was “Supremacy Reigns: Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations During Divorce.”

Shounbach Welcomes Attorney Thomas M. Velarde To The Firm!

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ShounBach welcomes Thomas M. Velarde to the Firm. Mr. Velarde comes to ShounBach from Legal Services of Northern Virginia where he represented hundreds of clients in contested family law issues of divorce, property distribution, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, international child abduction, child abuse and family abuse protective orders. Tom is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax Bar Association. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court of Fairfax County Committee. We are excited to have him join our team!

Sarah Knapp Voted President Elect Of Prince William County Bar Association

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ShounBach is pleased to congratulate Sarah Knapp on being voted President Elect of the Prince William County Bar Association. Sarah will serve as President Elect for 2017 and then will become President of the Association in 2018. Sarah has been the Secretary of the Bar Association for the last three years.

Shounbach Attorneys Named 2016 Top Lawyers

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ShounBach is excited to announce that five of our attorneys, Albert Bonin, Keenan Goldsby, Susan Butler, Roberta Henault and Molly Garrett, were recently named 2016 Winners and recognized as 2016 Top Lawyers by the Northern Virginia Magazine. The Northern Virginia Magazine is a publication dedicated to the Northern Virginia community. They publish the Top and Bests Lists of professionals in the Northern Virginia area. More information can be found at http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/search-result/?type=lawyer.

Holiday Party

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ShounBach is proud to be a gold sponsor of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorney Association’s (NVWAA) Holiday Reception. The Reception is on December 7 th at the beautiful Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Each year the NVWAA recognizes and honors Judges who have recently taken the bench. The NVWAA also collects unwrapped toys and books for Northern Virginia Family Services. Our very own Molly Garrett is President of the Chapter this year.

Paralegal Section Meeting

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On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Ann, Dayna, Jess and Amanda, members of the ShounBach staff, attended a Fairfax County Bar Association Paralegal Section meeting. Every year the Section hosts a meeting where members can drop off food that has been donated for a local food bank. This year the Section worked closely with FACETS. FACETS is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and families suffering from homelessness and poverty. A representative from FACETS came to speak to the Section about their events and their need for donations to keep their pantry full. If you would like more information, please visit their website at http://…

Shounbach Attorney Kathleen Hassett Will Speak At Second Saturday Divorce Workshop

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Kathleen Hassett will be speaking about the divorce process in Virginia at a Second Saturday Divorce Workshop on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at the Westmaren Community Clubhouse in Ashburn, Virginia. Second Saturday is a non-profit organization that offers empowering workshops to help individuals understand the legal, financial, and personal issues encountered during divorce. The workshop has a family law attorney, a financial professional, a counselor, and a realtor speak and answer questions on their areas of expertise. The Second Saturday Divorce workshop program was founded in 1989 and has helped thousands of individuals through the div…

Prince William County Turkey Trot

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ShounBach was a proud sponsor of the Prince William County 5k Turkey Trot and 1-mile Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day. Members of the ShounBach team and their families laced up their sneakers to participate in the race while others manned the water stop. The race was held at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. As part of the registration for the race you were asked to include what you were thankful for and for some runners it was announced as they crossed the finish line. Some of the more festive runners dressed in their best Thanksgiving themed gear and awards were given for the best costume.

Virginia Collaborative Professionals Annual Meeting

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Albert Bonin, Susan Butler and Hayden Lee attended the 9th Annual Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) Meeting on Monday, November 14th at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. Attorneys, Mental Health Professionals and Financial Specialists come together every year to network and listen to speakers on various topics of interest relative to the collaborative process. This year Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron spoke on the topic of “Counseling Clients through Bad News.” ShounBach is a proud sponsor of this event.

Family Law Section Meeting

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Jessica DeVaughn and Amanda Hutchison, Legal Assistants, attended the Family Law Section Meeting held at the Fairfax County Courthouse on November 14, 2016. Judge White and Judge Smith introduced the Law Clerks and Wendy Hahn, Law Clerk manager, and discussed what to expect in the coming Bar year. They also learned that the historic courthouse has undergone some renovations and will be used in the near future to hear simple Friday Motions.

Shounbach Partner Molly Garrett Selected As Panelist for Legal Event

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Molly Garrett, a partner at ShounBach, was honored to be selected to participate in a panel regarding Navigating Your Future in the Diverse World of Law on November 7th, 2016. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Bar Association of D.C., Virginia Women Attorneys Association and George Mason School of Law’s Women’s Law Association. A lively panel discussion was held regarding the paths traveled by the panelists, including Ms. Garrett, as well as guidance and advice regarding issues facing law students when charting their own career paths and futures.

Shounbach Included In 2017 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

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On November 1, 2016, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers announced that ShounBach was honored as one of the “Best Law Firms” of 2017. Firms included on this list are recognized for professional excellence with high ratings from peers and clients. ShounBach has received this honor numerous years and is proud to once again be included on the list. For additional information, please see the attached Press Release.

Attorneys Goldsby and Garrett Get Big Win At the Court Of Appeals

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Keenan Goldsby and Molly Garrett successfully appealed to the Court of Appeals of Virginia a Circuit Court’s dismissal of our client’s petitions for visitation in a case between two same sex parents. The case is Bonsack v. Gregory; Records Nos. 0415-16-4 and 0416-16-4. The Court of Appeals agreed that the Circuit Court erred in dismissing our client’s case without the benefit of an evidentiary trial, and has sent the case back to the Circuit Court where our client will be afforded her day in court at a trial on the merits. Congratulations to Keenan and Molly on a job well done!

Shounbach Sponsors Legal Services of Northern Virginia Fall Ball

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Over 300 people gathered at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park on October 1st for the Legal Services of Northern Virginia Fall Ball. As a “Friends of LSNV” sponsor, ShounBach is honored to continue its annual support. The contribution will go to further the services of LSNV to the regions low-income and needy populations in the areas of consumer law, elder law, family law, housing law, child advocacy and the Veterans Law Project to name a few. For more information on LSNV please visit their website at www.lsnv.org.

Firm Retreat

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The attorneys of ShounBach recently attended a firm retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in scenic Cambridge, Maryland. Prior to this retreat, the attorneys all took personality tests, designed to assess their individual behavioral styles and the impact those styles have on others. At the retreat these tests were discussed and analyzed, with an eye toward how the information learned from the tests can be used by the attorneys, individually and collectively, to manage their demanding caseloads and better serve the firm’s clients. The attorneys also took advantage of their well-deserved break from the offic…

Shounbach Helps Sponsor the 16th Annual “Chipping In To End Domestic Violence” Charity Golf Tournament

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ShounBach was a proud sponsor for the 16th Annual “Chipping In to End Domestic Violence” Charity Golf Tournament. The event was held on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at The Golf Club at Landsdowne. All proceeds from the event went directly to the Artemis House. The Artemis house is a shelter for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence. Our Firm was a Driving Range/Contest Sponsor and, as the Water Sponsor, provided bottled water for all participants. Over 100 golfers came out to support this wonderful cause. Lunch and a gourmet dinner were provided and there were additional opportunities throughout the event to raise funds for th…

Shounbach Sponsor for 2016 Jazz for Justice

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ShounBach is proud to continue its tradition of sponsorship of the Jazz4Justice Concert. For 2016, ShounBach will be a “Boogie-Woogie” sponsor for the 15 th Annual Jazz4Justice Concert to be held on November 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in the George Mason University for the Arts Concert Hall. Music will be provided by the George Mason Jazz Ensemble directed by Professor Jim Carroll. Jazz4Justice raises money for Legal Aid programs as well as scholarships for music students.

Al Bonin Participates In NBI Seminar “Family Law Agreements from Start to Finish”

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On September 20th, Al Bonin, managing partner of ShounBach, gave a presentation for the National Business Institute on “Family Law Agreements from Start to Finish” in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Bonin’s presentation “Crafting Creative Parenting plans for Dynamic Situations” discussed strategies for dealing with unique situations involving drugs and alcohol abuse or international abduction, including creative solutions to parental decision making and parenting time disputes, the impact of recent legislation and case law, negotiation tactics, and challenging evaluators’ recommendations. For more information on ordering the Audio CD and Course Bo…

Attorney Molly Garrett Moderates the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Family Law Seminar

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Molly Garrett served as the moderator for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Family Law Seminar held on September 22, 2016, in Springfield, Virginia. Molly is currently the Chair of the Family Law Section of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. The Seminar focused on trial advocacy and included information on interviewing and dealing with difficult witnesses including children, evidence issues in family and ethics.

Shounbach Attorney Molly Garrett Attends the VWAA’s Fall Conference And 35th Anniversary Celebration

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Molly Garrett was honored to attend the Virginia Women Attorneys Association’s Fall Conference and 35th Anniversary Celebration at the Boars Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia from October 7-8, 2016. Molly is a Partner at ShounBach and currently the President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. The title for the weekend was the The Long & Winding Road: Progress in the Law. There were many notable speakers including Professor Janis McDonald , Co-Founder VWAA who discussed the history of the VWAA, and Dean Risa L. Goluboff, University of Virginia School of Law.

NVWAA – Mt. Vernon Initiative

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ShounBach attorney Molly Garrett, also the current President of the Northern Virginia Women Attorneys Association (NVWAA), is pleased to announce the launching of the NVWAA’s Mount Vernon Initiative. Beginning October 17th volunteers from the NVWAA will travel to Mount Vernon High School once a month for a total of 7 sessions, to meet with 15-20 female students who are interested in the legal profession. Discussion topics are to include: what students can do in high school and college to properly position them for successful application to law school, practice areas, jobs available to you with a law degree and more. For more information o…

Attorney Roberta Henault Presents on Prenuptial Agreements at Fairfax Bar Association Meeting

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On Thursday, September 29th, Roberta Henault made a presentation at a joint lunch meeting of the Fairfax Bar Association Wills and Trusts Section and Family Law Section on the subject of Prenuptial Agreements. Approximately 75 people were in attendance. Roberta spoke about Prenuptial Agreements from a family law perspective and Tom Yates, a member of the Wills and Trusts Section, spoke about Prenuptial Agreements from an estate planning perspective. Of particular interest to attendees was Virginia’s new augmented estate law that will go into effect on January 1, 2017.

Shounbach’s Managing Partner, Albert Bonin, Assists in Organizing the “Divorcing the Wealthy” CLE for the Virginia Chapter of the AAML

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One of Virginia’s premiere legal education programs will be held on January 19, 2017 at the beautiful University of Richmond School of Law, about 65 miles south of D.C. This annual Virginia Chapter of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers event will explore the unique challenges of “Divorcing the Wealthy”. Nationally recognized experts will cover such topics as: the Psychology of the Wealthy; new Military Retirement Plans for 2018; Challenging Valuations in High Asset Cases; Remedies beyond Hague and more. This program is also co-sponsored by the Maryland and D.C. Chapters of the AAML, The University of Virginia, The National Center of Famil…

2016 Fairfax Bar Association Annual Convention

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Daniel B. Schy participated in the panel discussion on Family Law at the 2016 Fairfax Bar Association Annual Convention in New York City September 30 – October 2, 2016. Mr. Schy spoke on the Indian Child Welfare Act. Other topics included information on Protective Orders in both the Juvenile and General District Courts, Termination of Parental Rights, Personal Injury cases and legislative updates and changes. The Fairfax Bar Association offers services through the Lawyer Referral Service, Northern Virginia Pro Bono, Conciliation and the Fairfax Law Foundation, which offers law related education and legal assistance.

VTLA Spotlight

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Our very own Molly M. Garrett was selected to participate this month (September 2016) for the VTLA Member Spotlight. The VTLA Member Spotlight gives members within the community who are making a positive impact in the Association and the legal community a chance to get to know its members a little more personally and what has inspired them to work in the legal community. Check out Molly’s “spotlight” questionnaire! https://www.vtla.com/index.cfm?pg=spotlight. How adorable is baby Molly?

Shounbach Sponsors the Novant Health Uva Health System Prince William Half Marathon

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that we are a proud sponsor of the Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Half Marathon. The Prince William Half Marathon 2016 will be held at Jiffy Lube Live on Sunday, September 25th, 2016. The half marathon (13.1 miles) is a scenic course along rolling hills and attractive countryside through the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The half marathon both begins and finishes in the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater. All race finishers will receive a custom race medal, a shoe bag, custom race bib, food and beverage coupons. Staggered registration pricing begins at $60.00. The first 1,000 registrants wi…

Shounbach Assists In Back 2 School Supply Drive

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On August 25th, 2016, members of the Fairfax Bar Association Paralegal Section, including Amanda Hutchison, Jessica DeVaughn and Ann Drake of ShounBach, will host the Back 2 School Supply Drive to assist preschool and school-aged children through New Hope, a non-profit organization assisting homeless families in Fairfax County. Backpacks are filled with school supplies based on lists provided by various schools in the County. It is anticipated that approximately 60 students will receive these backpacks.

Attorneys Bonin, Butler, and Goldsby Selected To Be In the 23rd Edition of the Best Lawyers in America

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that once again three of our skilled Northern Virginia divorce attorneys have been selected to be included in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® for 2017. Albert Bonin, Susan Butler, and Keenan Goldsby have received this huge honor. To be listed in The Best Lawyers in America ®, lawyers who have previously been named in the publication rate the new candidates. The review of one’s peers is conducted through ballots that are custom to each practice area and geographic region, according to The Best Lawyers in America methodology. On a scale of 1 to 5 voters are asked how likely they are to refe…

Shounbach Finishes Comfort Cases Suitcase Drive

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In our continued effort to help out in our community, ShounBach held a “Christmas In July” charity project to provide backpacks to children in the foster care system. We reached out to the organization, Comfort Cases who provides backpacks/suitcases filled with basic essentials and provides them to children in the foster care system. They also donate cases to homeless shelters and children who have lost their homes and had their belongings destroyed by a natural disaster. The charity went from providing 300 kits in 2013 to donating 7,000 kits last year. We are very excited to announce that in the month of July, the firm, along with our att…

Collaborative Professionals Of Northern Virginia July 19th Meeting

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Attorneys Albert Bonin and Grant Moher, along with mental health professional Lisa Herrick, lead a panel and group discussion entitled “Challenges When There is Substance Abuse or Addiction in A Collaborative Case” at the recent CPNV dinner meeting held on July 19, 2016. The program covered topics such as the drafting of agreements regarding alcohol consumption, substance abuse, addiction and parenting time; common legal questions that arise when working with addiction on Collaborative case; the emotional dynamics in families dealing with addiction; and how can child specialists bring value in specific ways to cases. The group holds month…

Attorney Sarah Knapp Attended the Virginia Bar Association’s 126th Annual Meeting

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One of our associate attorneys, Sarah Knapp, attended the Virginia Bar Association’s 126th Annual Meeting. This statewide event was held at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, July 21 through 24, 2016. The VBA sections and committees presented a wide variety of CLE panels and attendees chose from among 15 presentations to enhance their practice. During the conference, Ms. Knapp attended a VBA Domestic Relations Section Council Meeting, of which she is an elected member and serves as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. In addition, attendees were able to participate in various actives scheduled in honor of the resort’s 2…

Molly Garrett Elected As President of the Northern VA Chapter of the VWAA

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On June 20, 2016, Molly Garrett was elected as the President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (VWAA). Ms. Garrett had previously served as President- Elect, Secretary and Judicial Director (for four terms). Additionally, Divani Nadaraja was elected Director of Membership after having served as a Director at Large. The VWAA was founded in 1981 for the purpose advancing the interests of women attorneys in Virginia, encouraging their mutual improvement and social interaction, and promoting the interests of women under law. VWAA is the only statewide bar association dedicated to women attorneys in Vi…

Shounbach Participates In a Comfort Cases Suitcase Drive

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Did you know that when children enter the foster care system they often come with little more than the clothes on their backs and when they move from place to place, what few belongings they have are taken with them in trash bags? Comfort Cases takes backpacks/suitcases filled with basic essentials and provides them to children in the foster care system. They also donate cases to homeless shelters and children who have lost their homes and had their belongings destroyed by a natural disaster. The charity went from providing 300 kits in 2013 to donating 7,000 kits last year. ShounBach is pleased to assist in Comfort Cases’s quest to make s…

Dan Schy Attends American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for Family Law Associates Program in Chicago, Illinois

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From June 23-26, 2016, ShounBach attorney Daniel B. Schy attended the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Institute for Family Law Associates Program in Chicago, Illinois. AAML fellows from all over the United States presented programs on advanced tax issues related to spousal support and business valuations related to divorce, and attendees participated in an in-depth buisness valuation case study.

Shounbach Honored As Finalist for Northern Virginia Chamber Of Commerce Awards

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On June 21st Albert Bonin, Molly Garrett, Roberta Henault, and Kathleen Hassett attended the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards luncheon, hosted at the Ritz Carlton in Tyson’s Corner. The Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards honor individuals, businesses, and non-profits who exemplify above-and-beyond business leadership, employee engagement, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the DC Metro region. The firm was also nominated and honored as a finalist in the Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year – Small Business category. This award recognizes a business with 100 employees or f…

Shounbach Partner Molly Garrett Has Become a Member in Ten Leader, Matrimonial and Divorce Law Northern Virginia for Age 45 & Under

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Several of the attorneys from our firm, including Susan M. Buter, Keenan R. Goldsby, Albert Bonin and Roberta K. Henault, are members of The Ten Leaders Cooperative, Matrimonial & Divorce Law Northern Virginia. Recently, attorney Molly M. Garrett was recognized for her commitment to excellence when she was asked to become a member as well. Molly became a partner at ShounBach in January of 2014. She is one of Northern Virginia’s more talented and grounded young matrimonial lawyers with extensive experience in divorce litigation and mediation. ShounBach currently holds the highest number of attorneys on the Ten Leaders list. The Ten Lea…

Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards: Q&A Blogs with Nominees

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As part of our nomination for the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards, Albert Bonin did a Q&A segment on our commitment to our community and what it means to us. You can check out the details at the link below. http://www.novachamber.org/blog/outstanding-corporate-citizenship-awards-nominee-qa-shounbach Also, for her nomination for Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Q&A, Allison Marie did a Q&A segments on her commitment to the community and what it means to us. Her Q&A can be found below. http://www.novachamber.org/blog/outstanding-corporate-citizenship-qa-nominee-allison-marie The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerc…

Albert Bonin Attends AT&T Best of Washington Party

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Al Bonin, Partner at ShounBach, attended the AT&T Best of Washington party on June 9, 2016 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Partygoers enjoyed live music while sampling tasty bites and signature cocktails from some of the best restaurants in the metro area. This party celebrated the Washingtonian magazine’s top-rated area lawyers, doctors, restaurants and other professionals. One or more attorneys at ShounBach are consistently ranked on the Washingtonian’s “Top Lawyers” list, which recognizes the best lawyers in the DC Metropolitan area. Proceeds from the AT&T Best of Washington party supported The Leukemia & …

Al Bonin Speaks To Local Century 21 Realtors on Tips during Divorce

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On March 29, 2016, Albert Bonin, Managing Partner at ShounBach, spoke to a group of local Century 21 Realtors. This presentation was designed to provide Realtors with what they need to know when handling clients contemplating or going through divorce. The program included tips on issues such as how real-estate equity is divided during a divorce, can you force the sale of a home or a party out of the home, the dangers of giving an opinion on value, problems with transferring title and other topics. The presentation was followed up with a question and answer period. Mr. Bonin has done the same presentation for Long and Foster Realtors as we…

Virginia Collaborative Professionals

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ShounBach will host the quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) on Friday, June 10, 2016. ShounBach will also be hosting a reception after the meeting. The VaCP is a non profit association comprised of attorneys, mental health, and financial professionals dedicated to resolving family and civil matters without litigation. ShounBach attorneys Albert Bonin, Susan Butler and Hayden Lee are members of the VaCP. For more information on the VaCP please visits their website www.vacollaborativepractice.com.

Shounbach Sponsors Loudoun Law Camp

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This year ShounBach is a proud sponsor of the Loudoun Law Camp. Law Camp is a week long summer camp held each year for high school seniors from Fauquier and Loudoun county high schools to educate students about the legal system and introduce them to careers in the law. Applications are accepted in April each year and only twenty-four seniors are chosen to take part in the program. The Law Camp is organized by the Loudoun County Bar Association and is a sponsored event so there is no cost to the students. Sponsorships comes from several different sources including private law firms like ShounBach, Loudoun County Bar Association, Loudoun Co…

Susan Butler Teaches At Advanced Family Law Seminar

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On April 21, 2016, Susan Butler, Partner at ShounBach, taught at the 32nd Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar in Richmond, Virginia. The main focus of the CLE was trial practice skills. Ms. Butler led a discussion on the dos and don’ts of crafting effective opening statements in family law cases.

Shounbach Hosts VACP Board of Directors Meeting

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ShounBach will host the quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) on Friday, June 10, 2016. ShounBach will also be hosting a reception after the meeting. The VaCP is a non profit association comprised of attorneys, mental health, and financial professionals dedicated to resolving family and civil matters without litigation. ShounBach attorneys Albert Bonin, Susan Butler and Hayden Lee are members of the VaCP. For more information on the VaCP, please visit their website at www.vacollaborativepractice.com.

Shounbach Hosts at 91st Virginia Gold Cup Races

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The 91st Virginia Gold Cup Races were held on May 7, 2016 at Great Meadows in The Plains, Virginia. ShounBach hosted a tent and encouraged colleagues, friends and family to join the festivities. 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. Jack Russell Terrier races kick off the day and a hat competition is held. This year the rain threatened to put a damper on the fun but the sun came out and a great time was had in beautiful Fauquier County.

Shounbach Nominated For Citizenship Awards

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We are pleased to announce that ShounBach has been nominated by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce for their Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards. The firm has been nominated in the Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Small Business) category. These awards honor individuals, businesses and non-profits for above-and-beyond business leadership and corporate social responsibility. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 21, 2016 before an audience of more than 600 leaders including the region’s top senior executives, political leaders, business professionals, entrepreneurs and emerging influentials. ShounBach is…

Professional Mediation Forum of Northern Virginia

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The Professional Family Mediation Forum of Northern Virginia held its first Forum meeting on March 10, 2016. Stan Corey, author of “Divorce Dance,” spoke about how a financial specialist can assist in mediation. This group is comprised of local mediators, collaborative professionals and attorneys whose goal is to increase knowledge and communication regarding mediation throughout the community. The Forum’s second meeting will be held May 12, 2016, at the Reston Sheraton Hotel. There will be a networking reception from 6:30-7:15 p.m. with the program to follow from 7:15-8:30pm. The topic will be “Solving Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation”, pre…

Molly Garrett Elected As VTLA Family Law Section Chair

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ShounBach’s leadership in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (“VTLA”), one of the Commonwealth’s most active legal professional organizations in the Commonwealth, was confirmed earlier this spring at the organization’s Annual Convention. The Convention marked the end of Roberta Henault’s term as Chair of the Family Law Section but the beginning of Molly Garrett’s term in the same position. Ms. Garrett was elected by VTLA members to serve as the Family Law Section Chair, for the 2016-2017 term. Another ShounBach attorney, Hayden Lee, was elected as Chair-Elect of the Young Trial Lawyers Committee. Mr. Lee will serve as the Committee Cha…

Prince William Bench and Bar Dance

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On April 2, 2016, Sarah J. Knapp and Kathleen M. Hassett attended the Prince William Bar Association Bench and Bar Dance at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia. The Bar Association celebrated its 75 th anniversary and was presented with a Legislative Decree from the Virginia Legislature. Portraits of Judge Richard Potter (Ret.) and Court of Appeals Judge Mary Grace O’Brien were unveiled. Various awards were also presented. The festivities included a silent auction to raise funds for the Prince William County Law Foundation.

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) Annual Convention

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Roberta Henault and Molly Garrett attended The 57th Annual Convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) at The Homestead on March 31-April 3, 2016. The VTLA Convention offers many continuing legal education seminars on a variety of topics for attorneys in all fields of practice throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ms. Henault and Ms. Garrett attended seminars on topics such as, financial support for disabled persons, child witnesses, ethics, expert witness testimony and LGBT law.

Shounbach Sponsors Annual Law Day Weiner Roast

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ShounBach continues to support and sponsor the annual Law Day Weiner Roast, an event hosted by the law firm of Weiner, Spivey & Miller, PLC for the benefit of the Fairfax Law Foundation. The event, held annually on May 1st (rain or shine), features musical performances by the 20-piece George Mason University Jazz Ensemble, a Fife & Drum Corps, and students from the award winning Boyle School of Irish Dance. Guests will enjoy root beer floats, cotton candy, hand rolled cigars, a shoe shine stand, and, true to the event’s name, a variety of wieners with all the toppings. Funds raised from the event assist the Foundation in continuin…

Shounbach Attorneys Recognized In 2016 Top 50 Women in Virginia

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Super Lawyers®® has recognized ShounBach attorneys Susan Butler and Molly Garrett in the 2016 Top 50 Women in Virginia. ShounBach is honored to receive recognition of these two women who offer quality legal representation and a strong commitment to their clients. Visit Susan and Molly’s attorney profiles to read more about them.

Hayden Lee to Speak At CLE Program

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On April 20, 2016, ShounBach’s Hayden Lee will be one of four presenters speaking at an upcoming Collaborative Law continuing legal education Program at the Rivercreek Country Club in Leesburg, Virginia. The presenters represent various fields and will provide area attorneys with information about the collaborative law process and its use in the context of family law. The CLE is being sponsored by Catoctin Estate Planning Council and the Loudoun Chapter of the Virginia Women’s Attorney Association.

Run for Justice 5k (2016)

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On April 10, 2016, ShounBach and members of the legal community dusted off their running shoes to race for the finish line at the Run for Justice 5k: Heroes v. Villains. This annual race is held to benefit the Fairfax Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the Fairfax Bar Association. ShounBach was a proud sponsor, had a team of runners and volunteered to pass out water to thirsty racers. Our very own Trish Palmer, paralegal, placed third in the Women’s Overall Master’s Division while Tony Knapp (husband of attorney Sarah Knapp) took first place in the Men’s Overall Master’s Division. Congratulations, Trish and Tony!

Super Lawyers® Names Shounbach Attorneys For 2016

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Super Lawyers®® has recognized the following attorneys at ShounBach for 2016: Albert Bonin Susan Butler Roberta K. Henault Keenan R. Goldsby Molly Garrett The Rising Star listing included Divani Nadaraja, recognizing her as an up-and-coming attorney. ShounBach is honored to receive recognition of our quality legal representation and our commitment to our clients. Visit our attorney profiles to read more about our lawyers.

Shounbach Participates In Color of Justice Program

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Attorney Divani R. Nadaraja, recently participated in the annual Color of Justice Program which was held on March 12, 2016 at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse. The mission of the Color of Justice Program is to encourage local minority high school students to contemplate the law and the judiciary as potential careers. This program was sponsored by Northern Virginia Women Attorney’s Association and co-sponsored by Northern Virginia Black Attorney’s Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association and the Fairfax County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. The program consists of small discussion group…

Shounbach Sponsors and Attends Annual Fairfax County Bar Association Bench Bar Dinner

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The Fairfax Bar Association hosted their annual Bench Bar Dinner Dance on March 12, 2016 at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church. The theme was Fire & Ice and music was provided by “The Reflex” an 80’s tribute band. Attorneys and judges (newly appointed, retired and current) mingled, took complimentary photos, ate great food and danced the night away. ShounBach proudly sponsored the event and attorneys Albert Bonin, Daniel Schy and Sarah Knapp attended.

Partner Susan M. Butler Interviewed By Virginia Lawyers Weekly

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Susan M. Butler, a Partner at ShounBach, was recently interviewed by Peter Vieth of Virginia Lawyers Weekly regarding Virginia’s recent limit on Requests for Admissions and this restriction’s impact on family law discovery. Ms. Butler spoke of how Requests for Admissions can be a money-saving discovery tool for clients; however, the new limit on the number of requests can adversely affect their usefulness in family law cases. The full article can be found in the February 15, 2016 issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Assistance League of Northern Virginia’s Annual Spring Luncheon

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Once again, in a continued effort to help our community, ShounBach is pleased to announce that we have become Silver Star Sponsors for Assistance League of Northern Virginia’s Annual Spring Luncheon being held on Friday, April 29, 2016, at The International Country Club in Fairfax, Virginia . Assistance League of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization that helps feed and cloth people in need in our community. With programs like Operation Hugs, Operation Hugs – Hugs Pillow Program, Operation School Bell and many more, they have become a very important part of many people’s lives in our community. For more information on how you can…

Fairfax County Bar Association Paralegal Section Valentine’s Day Project

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Members of our staff joined paralegals/legal assistants from the FBA Paralegal Section to help fill bags with goodies for the residents of the Fairfax Girls’ and Boys’ Probation Houses. Each year in February the Paralegal Section purchases new books, journals and various personal items for residents with donations received from the legal community. This year we filled 22 bags for the young men and 12 for the young women. The young people at the Probation Houses greatly appreciate the gesture. ShounBach is pleased to participate in such a worthwhile project.

Valentine’s Day Party at Serve

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On Tuesday, February 9th, ShounBach hosted a party for the children residing at the SERVE Family Shelter in Prince William County. The children enjoyed playing games, winning candy, making various crafts and collecting their treats in hand-made goody bags. The kids and volunteers from ShounBach ended the night with huge smiles on their faces. We look forward to these events and are very grateful to be able to give back to our community. If you would like more information about the SERVE Family Shelter or would like to volunteer, please visit their website at http://www.nvfs.org/serve.

Shounbach Participates in the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center’s Presentation “A Lawyer’s Guide to Child Custody Representation”

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Attorney Divani R. Nadaraja recently joined the faculty along side other prominent family law practitioners and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judges, for a pro bono continuing legal education presentation on Child Custody Representation. This program, sponsored by The Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center, was designed to assist local practitioners in navigating the process of child custody representation. Ms. Nadaraja’s portion of the presentation focused on the procedures for custody cases in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, including initializing and filing petitions for custody, serving petitions, status confe…

Sarah Knapp Elected To Prince William Bar

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ShounBach is pleased to announce that Sarah J. Knapp has been re-elected as secretary to the Prince William Bar for the third year. Ms. Knapp has been involved in the Prince William Bar since 2011. She has continued to remain active in the Association, volunteering for charity events and attending Association functions since she joined ShounBach in 2013. Her dedication to the Association has resulted in her being re-elected Secretary. The Prince William County Bar Association was established in 1941 and is a voluntary, professional, non-profit organization dedicated to providing services and benefits to its members and to the local commun…

Shounbach Attorney’s Attend the 35th Annual National Trial Advocacy College

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Two of our attorneys, Hayden O. Lee and Sarah J. Knapp, recently attended the 35 th Annual National Trial Advocacy College. It was held January 9 through 14 at the University of Virginia School of Law. The main objective of the program was to learn effective advocacy. Hayden and Sarah attended lectures and demonstrations, received extensive training in small groups and performed advocacy skills in a simulated setting. Following the hands-on training Hayden and Sarah were paired in teams to prepare and try a case against another team. The mock trial was before a live jury and an experienced trial judge.

Shounbach Is Pleased To Be Included In the “Faces Of” Section of the February 2016 Washingtonian Edition

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ShounBach is pleased to be included in the “Faces Of” section of the February 2016 Washingtonian edition as the “Face of Divorce and Family Law”. Please see ShounBach’s ad and all the other participants in the “Faces Of” section, click on the link below. http://www.washingtonian.com/2016/01/28/184493/

Albert Bonin Interviewed for Divorce Article in Northern Virginia Magazine’s December Issue

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In the December issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, Albert Bonin was interviewed by Renee Sklarew for her article regarding divorce. In the article Ms. Sklarew explores ways that couples can make their divorce amicable instead of dragging it out in court. In the article Mr. Bonin expresses his opinion that changing the word “visitation” to “parenting time” could make custody battles turn into discussions that focus on what is best for the children rather than clashes for power between the parents. This is not the first time that Mr. Bonin has expressed his opinion, in an article he wrote for Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly, several years ago, h…

Shounbach Sponsors Christmas Party At the Serve Family Shelter

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In our continued effort to give back to our community, ShounBach had the pleasure of sponsoring a Christmas Party for the children of the residents at the SERVE Emergency Shelter in Prince William County. There were several different games for the children, a light snack, candy and goodie bags. The children enjoyed decorating cookies and listening to Christmas music. Our attorneys and staff members had a wonderful time volunteering and look forward to partnering with SERVE to do more for the residents in 2016.

Susan Butler Now Listed As a Trained Mediator

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ShounBach partner, Susan Butler, has completed the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers advanced mediation training and is now listed as a trained mediator on the AAML website. She is one of two trained mediators in Virginia, and the only one in Northern Virginia

5th Annual Un-Trim A Tree and Adopt A Child Initiative

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ShounBach is excited to announce we have once again teamed up with Hendrick Honda and News Channel 8 in their 5th Annual Un-Trim a Tree and Adopt a Child Initiative. Working with Volunteer Prince William, Hendrick Honda has been able to once again adopt a number of children for this year’s program. Each year school counselors identify families most in need of assistance and the students in those families pick two gifts (within a $50 budget) they would like for Christmas. The siblings of these students also get to pick two gifts, so that all the children in the family will be able to have presents to open on Christmas morning. ShounBach wi…

Shounbach Sponsors Breakfast at the Serve Family Shelter

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On November 22, 2015, ShounBach attorneys and staff had the pleasure of preparing and serving brunch to the residents at the SERVE Emergency Shelter in Prince William County. Because SERVE is a family shelter, in addition to preparing and serving a hearty meal, ShounBach also provided an arts and crafts project and facilitated multiple rounds of M&M Bingo for the children at the shelter. This was the second Sunday brunch we have sponsored but the first the firm coordinated without the assistance of the Prince William Bar Association.

Shounbach Recognized In “Best Law Firms” Rankings

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On November 2, 2015, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ® announced their 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings. We are thrilled to report that ShounBach and the firm’s exemplary attorneys were named a 2016 Best Law Firm in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Region for Family Law and for Family Law Mediation. In addition to the firm being recognized as a whole, four of our attorneys were also named individually, including Albert Bonin, Keenan Goldsby, and Susan Butler, who were once again recognized for their superior work and reputations in the field of Family Law, and Hope Rosen, who made her debut in the rankings this year! Ms. Butler…

Shounbach Supports Local Charity Golf Tournament to End Domestic Violence

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ShounBach is very pleased to have been a sponsor of the 15th annual “Chipping in to End Domestic Violence” Charity Golf Tournament, which was held Friday, October 9 at the Golf Club of Lansdowne. The funds raised from this successful annual event are used to benefit the Artemis House, the only 24-hour Domestic Violence Shelter in Fairfax County. The Artemis House provides support for individuals and their children who are fleeing domestic violence situations by offering safe and secure temporary housing at undisclosed locations, and providing counseling services, assistance with employment, and children’s programs for residents. In additi…

Keenan Goldsby Named on Washingtonian Magazine’s 2015 Top Lawyers List

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ShounBach is thrilled to announce that partner, Keenan R. Goldsby, has once again been selected as one of Washingtonian magazine’s Top Lawyers of 2015. To be recognized on Washingtonian’s “Top Lawyers” list, attorneys from throughout the D.C. metropolitan area first had to be nominated by their peers. The magazine’s editorial team then vetted the nominations by interviewing leaders within the legal community and researching significant cases that have occurred over the last several years to finalize the 2015 list. Mr. Goldsby, who will be featured in the best-selling December issue of Washingtonian, is recognized on the Top Lawyers list f…

Al Bonin Discusses Real Estate Issues in Divorce with Local Long & Foster Realtors

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On November 5, 2015, ShounBach managing partner, Al Bonin, presented “Tips for Realtors During a Divorce” to local realtors at Long & Foster Realty in Ashburn, Virginia. The program provided attendees with information to help properly advise their clients who are going through a divorce. Topics included the basics of divorce, guidelines for separating in the same household, support guidelines, and an overview of the collaborative process. Mr. Bonin gives several presentations like this each year in an effort to educate other professions about the divorce process so they can assist their clients in the best ways possible.

Al Bonin Moderates NBI Panel “As Family Court Judges See It”

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On October 30, 2015, ShounBach managing partner, Al Bonin, moderated the National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education seminar, “As Family Court Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Litigating Divorce.” The program featured a panel of both Circuit Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judges from Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington, Alexandria, and Loudoun Counties, who provided guidance specifically regarding domestic relations issues in court. Attendees heard each judge’s insight on topics such as local court procedures, pendente lite hearings, custody, support, trial strategies, and domestic abuse/violence, …

Al Bonin To Moderate Upcoming NBI Seminar

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On October 30, 2015, ShounBach managing partner, Al Bonin, will moderate the National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education seminar, ” Attorneys Make in Litigating Divorce.” The program features a panel comprised of both Circuit Court and Juvenile Court judges from Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington, Alexandria, and Loudoun Counties who will provide guidance on approaching specific domestic relations issues in court. Attendees will also learn preferred practices and what components of a case these local judges consider in their decision-making. Topics to be covered include local court procedures, pendent lite hearings, custody, s…

Shounbach Sponsored a Breakfast at the Serve Family Shelter

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On August 31, 2015, ShounBach sponsored a breakfast at the SERVE Family Shelter in Manassas, Virginia. ShounBach staff and their children prepared and served breakfast to current residents, and did craft projects with some of the family shelter’s younger residents. SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service, uses a holistic approach to helping vulnerable individuals and families living in western Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Some of the program’s many services include providing an emergency shelter, access to medical and dental care, and job skills and life training and support. SERVE is als…

Annual Back to School Supply Drive

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The Paralegal Section of the Fairfax Bar Association held its annual Back to School Supply Drive on August 27, 2015. ShounBach was pleased to host the event at our Fairfax office, where we served lunch to the Paralegal Section members who volunteered during their lunch breaks, including our own Amanda Hutchison, Jessica DeVaughn, and Ann Drake. The Paralegal Section, in collaboration with the Fairfax Law Foundation, collected funds and purchased backpacks and school supplies to benefit preschool and school-aged residents of New Hope Housing, a non-profit organization assisting homeless individuals and families in Fairfax County. Volunteers…

In Memoriam of Robert E. Shoun

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Robert E. Shoun, one of Virginia’s most respected and influential family law attorneys, died of unknown causes on July 22, 2015. He was 75 years old. There was an unpretentious quality about Mr. Shoun that reflected his roots growing up on a small farm in southern Virginia. He excelled in academic and extracurricular pursuits as early as high school, when he was elected Mr. Future Business Leader of America for Virginia, and representing Virginia, finished second in the nation’s annual spelling competition. Mr. Shoun was a self-described “sports fanatic,” starting back in his days as a 10-year-old Little Leaguer and high school baseball a…

Susan Butler Selected To Join VSB Family Law Section Cle Committee

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Susan Butler, Partner at ShounBach, has been selected to be a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section Continuing Legal Education Committee. As a member, Ms. Butler will help plan CLEs for Virginia attorneys, with a focus on family law topics. The Section is currently planning a full-day CLE for October 2015, including sessions on the interplay of retirement assets in divorce, social media and electronic evidence in family law cases, and bi-annual legislative and case law updates.

Amanda Hutchison Elected Secretary of FBA Paralegal Section

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On June 17, 2015, ShounBach Legal Assistant Amanda Hutchison was elected Secretary of the Paralegal Section of the Fairfax County Bar Association. The Paralegal Section, which was established in 2001 to represent paralegals and legal assistants, provides opportunities for legal support staff to grow and develop professional skills, and participates and assists in pro bono activities throughout the community. As Secretary, Ms. Hutchison will attend all Section meetings, collect information from the Executive Committee to distribute to members, coordinate with the Vice-Chair to obtain updated member rosters, and help potential new members wi…

Hayden Lee Elected To Board of the Dc Academy of Collaborative Professionals

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ShounBach is excited to announce that Associate Hayden Lee has been elected as Secretary to the Board of the DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals for the 2015-2016 term! The DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals is an international network of legal, financial, mental health, and other professionals, who work together in teams to assist parties facing family law matters. The Academy’s goal is to work with people during separation, divorce, or other difficult matters in a non-adversarial process through discussion and cooperation. Congratulations, Mr. Lee!

Shounbach Hosts Housewarming at New Loudoun Office

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ShounBach is pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Loudoun County! The office, which sits at 107 East Market Street in Leesburg, is located just down the street from the Loudoun County Courthouse and will provide our clients with more convenient access to our legal team. To celebrate the opening and get to know our new neighbors, we will be hosting a “housewarming” on Thursday, June 11 at Tuscarora Mill in downtown Leesburg. Hope to see you there!
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