Accomac, Virginia Family Lawyers

Wayne E. Holcomb
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Yorktown/Newport News, VA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(757) 656-1000 501 Village Avenue
Suite 104
Yorktown/Newport News, VA 23693
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal and Divorce
Regent University School of Law
Let me be the first to welcome you to Holcomb Law. Our firm is devoted to public outreach and education about the legal system, and I have written several articles and e-books on a variety of topics, including divorce, child custody, mediation, reckless driving, DUI defense, criminal defense and expungement of criminal records. We will provide this information to you, free of charge. Contact us any time to schedule your initial strategy meeting with one of our experienced attorneys. You might not be happy now, probably not, but I can almost guarantee that you will be happy with your Counsel...
Kimberly Hughes Phillips
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Norfolk, VA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(757) 320-4133 109 E. Main Street, Suite 600
Norfolk, VA 23510
Family and Divorce
Regent University School of Law
I have practiced Family Law since graduating law school in 2005. I regularly provide counseling to clients on matters of divorce, equitable distribution, child custody and visitation, spousal and child support and adoptions. As an adoptive parent myself, I understand the blessing of building a family through the grace of adoption and I enjoy assisting families on this journey. I have had the great honor to meet my children's birth families and as a result I feel that I connect to both the adoptive parents as well as the birth parents, all of whom are making a...
Mary G. Commander
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Norfolk, VA Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(757) 533-5400 5442 Tidewater Drive
Norfolk, VA 23509
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Juvenile
University of Richmond School of Law
MARY G. COMMANDER has been engaged in the practice of law in Norfolk, Virginia and surrounding areas since 1981. She is well-known and respected in the Hampton Roads area for her proficiency in all matters of Family Law and her diligent and no-nonsense approach in court. Ms. Commander is a certified Norfolk Master Gardener Volunteer and actively involved in the rescue of former racing greyhounds (with two of her own at home).

Mary Commander’s Education & Experience:

She is a magna cum laude graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she served for three years as an elected member of...
Samantha Bohannon
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West Point, VA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(804) 843-3656 704 Main Street
West Point, VA 23181
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Appalachian School of Law
Samantha Bohannon focuses her practice in the areas of Criminal Law, DUI, Traffic Violations, and Family Law. Before opening her own firm, Mrs. Bohannon served as a Magistrate for Region Six, which includes Richmond, Henrico, New Kent, Williamsburg, York/Poquoson, James City, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen, King William, West Point and Charles City. Mrs. Bohannon's prestigious position has given her a unique understanding on probable cause and common errors law enforcement officers typically make. Often times law enforcement has more than enough evidence to convict you, but that doesn't mean you're guilty. Not only is it the...
Kellam T. Parks
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Va.Beach, VA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(888) 691-9319 4768 Euclid Road
Suite 103
Va.Beach, VA 23462-3810
Family, Consumer and Personal Injury
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law and St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Kellam Parks is a managing partner at Parks Zeigler, PLLC – Attorneys at Law, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Kellam focuses his practice on cybersecurity and data privacy, credit report disputes, civil litigation, and family law. He is active with the Virginia State Bar, most recently chairing the Special Committee on Technology and the Future Practice of Law. He is also active with both the Virginia Beach Bar Association, where he serves on the Circuit Court Liaison Committee and the Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Association, where he serves on the Executive Committee. Kellam also participates in the mentorship programs for both associations,...
Monica L Lombardi
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(757) 309-4764 4445 Corporation Ln
Suite 250
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Family
University of Baltimore School of Law and The George Washington University Law School
Attorney with nearly 20 years of experience in military, family, criminal and divorce issues.
Derek A. Davis
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Surry, VA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(757) 778-7256 308 Bank Street
P.O. Box 456
Surry, VA 23883
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Florida Coastal School of Law
Edrie A Pfeiffer
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(757) 340-3100 372 S. Independence Blvd., Suite 109
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Georgetown University Law Center, Regent University School of Law and Oregon State University
I’ve been helping others find a fresh start through bankruptcy and divorce for almost 20 years. When I was in law school I just happened to be working for a bankruptcy attorney. One of my first cases was a couple whose daughter suffered from a brain tumor, and after a multitude of surgeries and treatments, the family was left with bills in excess of $200,000 after insurance. They had no choice but to file bankruptcy and get some reprieve from the overwhelming amount of bills necessary to save their daughter. Soon after, I met...
Allison Luck Bridges
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Hanover, VA Family Law Attorney
(804) 358-8000 13224 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, VA 23069
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Richmond School of Law
Representing individuals and families throughout the Richmond Metropolitan area, including Caroline, Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield Counties and the City of Richmond. My practice areas focus on adoption, family law, divorce, support, child custody and visitation, criminal and traffic law.
Brenton Bohannon
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West Point, VA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(804) 843-3656 704 Main St
West Point, VA 23181
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Appalachian School of Law
Brenton Bohannon focuses his practice in the areas of Criminal Law, DUI, Traffic Violations, and Family Law. Before joining the firm, Mr. Bohannon served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for New Kent County Virginia, where he prosecuted hundreds of criminal and traffic cases in the Circuit, General District, and the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts. His experience as a prosecutor, along with his psychology and education background, provide a unique perspective on how to best represent clients, whether he is defending a criminal case, litigating a contested divorce or resolving a child support issue. Before becoming an attorney,...
Steve Miyares
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Norfolk, VA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(757) 955-7739 5900 East Virginia Beach Blvd.
Suite 202
Norfolk, VA 23502
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Richmond School of Law
A resident of Virginia Beach for over 30 years, Mr. Miyares has deep roots in our community. A graduate of Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Mr. Miyares went on to attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk. After earing a B.S. in Political Science in 2000, Mr Miyares earned his J.D. in 2003 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. After his admission to the Virginia Bar in 2003, Mr. Miyares proudly worked in the office of the Norfolk Public Defender. During 8 years in that office, Mr. Miyares gained...
Brian Damas Thoman
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Attorney
(757) 962-2334 4176 South Plaza Trail
Suite 234
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Regent University School of Law, University of Strasbourg, France and Gettysburg College
Thoman Law, P.L.L.C is a boutique law firm, headed by an experienced former prosecutor, that focuses on Criminal Defense, Traffic Defense, DUI Defense, Divorce, Child Custody, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Medical Directives, Adoption, Personal Injury, and General Civil Litigation cases. The mission of the firm is to provide the best possible representation and service for our CLIENTS. Great customer service, flexible office hours, and payments plans are always available. Call for a free consultation! 757-447-4090 Managing Partner, Brian Thoman began practicing law in the Hampton Roads area after earning his law degree from the Regent University School of Law in 2006....
Ms. Colleen Marea Quinn
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Richmond, VA Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(804) 545-9406 4928 West Broad St.
P.O. Box 11708
Richmond, VA 23230
Family, Business, Civil Rights and Employment
University of Virginia School of Law
Colleen Marea Quinn is a director and equity owner in the law firm of Locke & Quinn, has achieved an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell, was honored in 2011 with the YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law & Government, with the 2011 “Hats Off to Women Award” by the ABWA Cavalier Chapter, as a "Best Lawyer" and "Best Law Firm" by Us News & World Report, from 2006-17 as a “Super Lawyer” in Virginia by Richmond magazine, in from 2010-16 & 2005 by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” a “Leader in the Law”...
Jason Eugene Swango
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
485 S. Independence Blvd.
Ste 104-A
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23452
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Regent University School of Law
Attorney Jason Swango is a leader in the law arena, representing MEN ONLY in divorce in family law matters through The Firm For Men. As a former military servicemember, Attorney Swango understands the intricacies of military family law, earning a reputation in Hampton Roads as one of the best attorneys for active duty and former military. In addition, Swango Law P.C. offers many practice areas, from DUI, traffic violations, and criminal cases to personal injury and workers' compensation.
Mr. Brad Butterworth
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Hopewell, VA Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(804) 541-4145 209 N. 3 1/2 Avenue
Hopewell, VA 23860
Family, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
West Virginia University College of Law
Traffic Attorney. I have practiced law in the area for over 32 years. If you retain me, in many cases you will never have to appear in court for your traffic violations. I am a former special prosecutor. Contact me today at 804-541-4145 or email to bradpbutterworth@gmail.com.
Mr Dan Miller
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(757) 517-2942 4768 Euclid Road
Suite 104
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Dan Miller was raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. He graduated from Norfolk Collegiate School in 1985, and graduated from Oxford College in 1987 with an Associate of Arts degree. Dan went on to graduate from Emory University in Atlanta in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Philosophy and Sociology. From 1989 to 1995 Dan played drums in a band based in Atlanta Georgia where he toured the College Circuit throughout the Southeastern United States. In 1997 Dan attended Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing Michigan. Dan graduated a semester early and was admitted to practice law in Virginia...
Allison Wittersheim Anders
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(888) 691-9319 4768 Euclid Road
Suite 103
Virginia Beach, VA 23462-3810
Family and Divorce
College of Law at Loyola University
As a family law attorney for Parks Zeigler, Allison Anders handles a wide range of divorce, child custody, and other family law cases. Allison is compassionate and offers sound guidance, both as an attorney and a mediator. She works with families to reach the best resolution, no matter how routine or complex the circumstances are. In 2016, Allison earned the distinct honor of becoming a Fellow with American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys (AAML), being recognized as an attorney able to handle complex matters related to family law and is one of only eight lawyers in the Tidewater area...
Tatiana Mendez Ilchyshyn
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Attorney
(757) 289-2499 505 S. Independence Blvd
Suite 103
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Family, Criminal and Immigration
Regent University School of Law
Tatiana Mendez is an attorney in Virginia whose practice focuses primarily on immigration, family, criminal, and traffic cases. Mendez began her legal career as an intern for the Federal Public Defender's Office in Norfolk where she assisted in the defense of a variety of clients and conducted interviews in Spanish. Since then she has practiced law all over Hampton Roads and gained experience in a wide variety of cases. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Mendez is fluent in Spanish and earned a top score on the International Fluency Exam for Spanish Translators.
Maciej B. Zebrak
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Mechanicsville, VA Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(804) 723-8238 9291 Laurel Grove Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
State University of New York - Buffalo
The Law Office of Maciej B. Zebrak provides quality legal services within the Greater Richmond area. Family Law matters are the primary focus of my law firm with an emphasis on Divorce and Child Custody and Visitation. I can also represent you in matters involving Wills and Criminal Defense, including Traffic, Misdemeanor and DUI cases.
Tory Delpierre
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Norfolk, VA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(757) 828-4141 500 East Plume Street, Suite 220
Norfolk, VA 23510
Family, Criminal and Juvenile
Stetson University College of Law
Kelly L. Vasta
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Norfolk, VA Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(757) 828-4141 500 E. Plume Street Suite 220
Norfolk, VA 23510
Family, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Regent University School of Law
Kelly L. Vasta, a founding member of Nield, Delpierre & Vasta PLC, represents her clients in the seven cities of Southside Hampton Roads and beyond, including Northampton and Williamsburg/James County, Virginia. She focuses her practice in the areas of criminal defense, traffic, juvenile criminal defense, family law and personal injury and wrongful death cases. Ms. Vasta is a kind, compassionate and caring individual who stands up for those without a voice. As a trial lawyer, Ms. Vasta employs lifelong advocacy skills to zealously represent her clients in the courtroom and through all stages of litigation. As an...
Britney McPheron
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Ashland, VA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
9410 Atlee Commerce Boulevard, Suite 2
Ashland, VA 23005
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Richmond School of Law
I represent clients primarily in Family Law matters such as divorce, custody, visitation, spousal and child support, protective orders and the drafting of property settlement agreements.

Having witnessed my own parents’ divorce in my late teens, I have a unique perspective and experience that I am able to provide to my clients. I enjoy being able to counsel them through tough life transitions. Family law issues are some of the most difficult legal issues a person can face and I believe that it is important to treat every person and situation with respect. I am able to listen to my clients...
Cassie L. Baudean Esq
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Mechanicsville, VA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(804) 447-0146 8500 Bell Creek Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Employment and Estate Planning
University of Richmond School of Law
Raised in Hanover, Virginia, Cassie completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in two years, majoring in both international studies and political science. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law. Prior to establishing Baudean Law, Cassie clerked for the Honorable judges of Hanover Circuit Court, working closely with the judges and attorneys on a wide variety of legal issues. Cassie has dedicated her work towards helping clients navigate the legal process for a variety of situations. The majority of Cassie's practice is family law, including...
Matthew S. Throop
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Richmond, VA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(804) 299-5222 530 East Main Street
Suite 1020
Richmond, VA 23219
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Matthew is an attorney, and president and founder of Throop Law. Historically, his practice areas were focused in criminal and traffic defense, and family law. These days, however, Matthew focuses most of his attention on bankruptcy cases and growing the firm.

He grew up in the Portland, Oregon area, and after graduating from law school in Washington, D.C., relocated to Richmond, VA. to serve the legal community. Though his first careers were in business, Matthew loves the practice of law, and obtaining his law license in 2014 was the fulfillment of one of his lifelong dreams.

In 2014, he opened a solo...
Andrew Catherman
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Richmond, VA Family Law Attorney
(804) 299-5222 530 East Main Street
Suite 1020
Richmond, VA 23219
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Ohio Northern University
W. Andrew Patzig
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Chesapeake, VA Family Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(757) 942-5717 2006 Old Greenbrier Rd
#7
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
After finishing law school, I started a company focused on teaching new fathers (by birth or adoption) skills and abilities they may not have had a chance to learn. Eventually I closed that business in order to work in the area of foreclosure prevention law due to the increasingly common foreclosure (which in Virginia can happen very quickly). I have chosen to continue to help people in need at my own law firm so I can give my clients the attention they deserve.
Melinda Faith Seemar
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Norfolk, VA Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(757) 622-6011 999 Waterside Drive, Suite 435
Dominion Tower
Norfolk, VA 23510
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of New Hampshire School of Law
I have been practicing in the Tidewater courthouses, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk for over 18 years. I practice criminal law, misdemeanors, serious traffic and felony cases. I provide a 1/2 hour no charge consultation to review your case with you.
Josh Coe
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Lawyer
(757) 352-2237 381 Edwin Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Josh is a tenacious attorney with extensive courtroom and business experience that brings value to his clients. He has a broad area of practice with clients throughout the country. Josh’s focus of practice in the following areas of law: civil litigation, personal injury, criminal and traffic defense, divorce and family law, wills, trusts and estate planning, landlord and tenant law, business and corporate law, intellectual property, and general practice.
Jamie Leigh Allgood
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Ashland, VA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(804) 755-7599 Bowen Ten Cardani
9410 Atlee Commerce Blvd., Suite 2
Ashland, VA 23005
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Estate Planning
Regent University School of Law
My practice consists primarily of family law matters. People entrenched in a family law case-maybe a divorce or custody battle- often find this to be one of the most challenging seasons of their life. They are best served by an attorney who is truly invested in them. I work closely with my clients in creating a strategy that achieves my client’s goals in the most efficient and practical way possible. I am a skilled negotiator and an effective litigator, utilizing both of these tactics as needed.

I graduated from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. in Political Science, and I graduated...
Ellen Charlotte Carlson
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Norfolk, VA Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(757) 320-0526 The Wells Fargo Center, Suite 1800
440 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
I've represented creditors, trustees and debtors during my years of practice. In my bankruptcy practice, my greatest satisfaction comes from coaching the person who is in despair over finances to a fresh start and a more promising future. In my family practice, it's helping folks with children build new futures for those children that are as safe and nurturing as possible. Both practices require patience, knowledge and a strong ability to take many puzzle pieces scattered hither and yon and put them back together to achieve the optimum outcome - and I DO that!
Annalisa Stanton Feinman
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Ashland, VA Family Law Lawyer
(804) 755-7599 9410 Atlee Commerce Blvd
Suite 2
Ashland, VA 23005
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Washington and Lee University School of Law
John G. Merna
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Newport News, VA Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(757) 599-9099 11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300
Newport News, VA 23606
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
George Mason University School of Law
Andrew R. Page
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Suffolk, VA Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(757) 935-9065 143 North Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23434
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Regent University School of Law
Andrew Page is an aggressive, trial lawyer who has been trusted to represent clients in Suffolk, Southampton County, Isle of Wight County, Emporia, and surrounding areas. He resides in Franklin, Virginia and is highly involved in the local community.
Michael La Fratta
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Richmond, VA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(804) 355-1800 1701 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Richmond School of Law
Adrienne Sakyi
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Yorktown, VA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(757) 240-4000 4000 George Washington Memorial Highway
Yorktown, VA 23692
Family, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
College of William and Mary and Flagler College
Adrienne Sakyi is an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Schempf & Ware, PLLC in Yorktown, Virginia. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, business disputes, and estate litigation. Schempf & Ware, PLLC represents both individuals and businesses in many forms of litigation ranging from business needs to personal injury to criminal matters, and we would be happy to assist you with any needs you may have.
Rebecca Lynne Melone
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(757) 296-0580 575 Lynnhaven Parkway
Suite 278
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Toledo
Peter John Louie
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
5265 Providence Road, Suite 302
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal and Divorce
Liberty University
Mr. Louie focuses his practice on traffic defense in Virginia Beach and the greater Hampton Roads area. Mr. Louie also conducts mediations to help people in conflict.
K. Page Kistler
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(757) 271-3279 909 First Colonial Road
Suite 101
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Northeastern University School of Law
Since 2000, my practice of law has focused on divorce and family law. Please contact me regarding your divorce or family law matter and I should be able to help you. My commitment is to handle your matter personally, effectively and efficiently.
Sarah Castleberry
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Virginia Beach, VA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(757) 498-1800 128 South Lynnhaven Road
Suite 202
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Family, Divorce and Immigration
New England Law | Boston
Alexandra 'Sandra' Bowen
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Ashland, VA Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(804) 755-7599 9410 Atlee Commerce Blvd, Suite 2
Ashland, VA 23005
Family, Business, Divorce and Juvenile
University of Richmond School of Law
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

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