At Gelber & Associates, PLLC we understand how emotionally and financially difficult a family law matter can be, and are here to provide you full representation in both the Juvenile & Domestic Relations and Circuit Courts of northern Virginia. Family law is a heart breaking area. Sometimes a softer and more understanding touch is needed but, by the time you are consulting an attorney, it may very well be necessary for an attorney to do those things that only an attorney can, and should, do. When you come to our offices we will listen to your story, assess all aspects of the situation, and provide you with an explanation of your options, as well as our recommendations based on those options. Depending upon the specific facts of the situation, we may be able to use alternative dispute resolution to creatively settle your family law dispute without going to the courts. If, however, litigation appears to be the most effective means of settling your dispute, we will zealously represent your interests before a judge.
Custody, Child Support, and Paternity Issues Family Law is comprised of numerous different areas, each of which may require a different tactic or plan in order to be resolved successfully. In terms of those matters in which children are directly involved, our attorneys are able to assist you in custody, child support, and paternity issues, among others. Our attorneys will represent you in custody and visitation matters to determine who will be granted custody of your minor children and whether custody will be sole or joint, as well as to establish visitation schedules as needed. In child, and spousal, support proceedings we will work to establish, defend, or modify an order for support. Finally, we are able to assist in matters involving the establishment of paternity, domestic violence/protective orders, and appeals of Juvenile Court decisions to the Circuit Court.
One Spouse Wants a Divorce; Now What? When parties seek a divorce, it is important to recognize that Virginia provides for two types: contested and uncontested. An uncontested divorce requires (1) that you and your spouse agree to get divorced, and (2) that you and your spouse have worked out all issues regarding division of property, child custody, child support, and spousal support. If you and your spouse cannot agree on those issues, or any other related issue, then the divorce cannot be called “uncontested” and you will need to resolve the disputed issue(s) in court. Simply put, an uncontested divorce involves no unresolved issues.
While we always prepare each contested divorce as if it will go to trial, we have found that the parties can often best reach a satisfactory resolution of their case, and at less cost, through settlement rather than litigation. If we are able to negotiate a settlement of your case before trial, we prepare a Property Settlement Agreement (“PSA”) detailing the agreement with your spouse as to the resolution of all custody and support issues and who will get what property after the divorce.
If you, or your spouse, are seeking a divorce, our attorneys are here to provide representation for both contested and uncontested divorce proceedings.