HELPING CLIENTS WITH DIVORCE, CUSTODY AND CHILD SUPPORT IN THE DC METRO AREA
Disputes involving family can be emotionally draining. It is important to work with experienced attorneys who make the processes of divorce and litigation as stress-free as possible. Deciding to get a divorce is one of the most difficult choices a couple can make. You must have a guide who can help you navigate this process efficiently and effectively. At Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC, our Fairfax County lawyers have more than 40 years of experience working with individuals who are facing contested, uncontested, and high-asset divorces. We help clients reach a favorable resolution in all areas of family law.
PROVIDING REPRESENTATION IN ALL AREAS OF FAMILY LAW
Our attorneys have decades of real-world experience helping clients obtain results in family law cases of all types, including:
- Child custody
- Child support enforcement and modification
- Maintenance and alimony, including modifications
- Domestic abuse
- Prenuptial agreements
- Protective Orders
Our attorneys take the time necessary to understand our clients’ goals and concerns. We want to learn about your unique family dynamic so we can fashion a carefully planned strategy for your case that pursues the best outcome possible. When possible, we take a collaborative approach to reach mutually beneficial results.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A VIRGINIA DIVORCE?
Divorces that are agreed to by both parties are called “uncontested.” Once you have agreed that divorce is the best option for you and your spouse, you and your attorneys must work together to agree on many aspects of the divorce, including:
- Child custody. Virginia law allows for sole custody by one parent or joint custody by both parents. We help you reach an agreement that represents your children’s best interests and create a parenting plan that determines visitation times and other important compromises.
- Child support. Agreeing on the amount of child support to be provided often leads to a fairer result than leaving this decision to a judge who does not know your family or understand each parent’s true financial situation.
- Property division. Virginia has complex rules for dividing property. Unless the parties agree on how to divide their assets, a judge will make decisions for them. This can lead to results that no one wants. Our attorneys are determined to help you reach an agreement.
When both sides do not agree to dissolve their marriage, or when they cannot agree on an aspect of the divorce such as child support, the case will go to a judge who will determine whether there are grounds for issuing a divorce. He or she will also decide on the proper way to divide your property and make decisions about child custody and support based on Virginia law. Our attorneys help you pursue an optimal result in court by decisively presenting your side of the case.
Determining child custody is often one of the most stressful and emotional areas of family law. It can be difficult to come to terms with the fact that you may no longer be putting your child to bed every night. An experienced attorney can help you understand how child custody law works while advocating for your and your child’s best interests.
KNOWLEDGEABLE DC METRO JOINT CUSTODY LAWYERS
At Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC, we have more than 40 years of experience working with families throughout Northern Virginia as they develop custody agreements that are tailored specifically to their needs and goals for the future.
In Virginia, custody is both legal and physical. Legal custody refers to decisions that are made about a child’s education, medical care, religion, day care and more. Physical custody refers to where the child will spend his or her time. Typically, when these responsibilities are shared, it is called joint custody. When one parent has primary decision-making and caretaking responsibilities, it is called sole custody.
In most cases, our clients come to us fully aware of the best interests of their children and they are looking for a legal professional who will help them achieve these goals. We give our clients the information they need to make educated decisions about their custody agreements. In the courtroom, our goal is to present the evidence in a way that is most compelling for your case.
Child support was created to serve the financial interests of the child, not the parent. While it is true that child support is often determined according to a set of guidelines, a knowledgeable attorney will know how to use these guidelines in a way that best supports your child’s interests.
KNOWLEDGEABLE DC METRO SUPPORT MODIFICATION LAWYERS
Planning for child support requires a thorough understanding of your budget. At Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC, our attorneys will take a close look at your financial situation as it compares to your child’s needs. In many cases, certain elements of these guidelines do not apply to every family.
It is important to understand that these are simply guidelines, not hard and fast calculations. If this were the case, anyone could figure his or her child support without the help of a legal professional. In instances where both parents can agree, an agreement can be reached entirely outside of the child support guidelines.
We understand that our clients want what is best for their children and we will work diligently to create a child support agreement that reflects this. We will give you the information you need to make educated decisions about child custody.
Deciding to get a divorce can be one of the most difficult choices a couple can make. You and your spouse are about to embark on an emotionally stressful and financially overwhelming journey. While it is true that this can be the start of a new, happier life for you and your children, you must have a guide who can help you navigate this process efficiently and effectively.
EXPERIENCED DC METRO UNCONTESTED DIVORCE LAWYER
At Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC, our lawyers have more than 40 years of experience working with individuals who are facing contested, uncontested and high-asset divorce. Once you have agreed that divorce is the best option for you and your spouse, you must address important elements like child custody, child support, property division and more. We are prepared to help you understand these many different and often complex areas of family law.
Our attorneys take the time necessary to understand our clients’ goals and concerns. We want to learn about your unique family dynamic so we can fashion an approach to your case that pursues the best outcome possible. We understand how difficult this process can seem, and we are dedicated to empowering our clients with the information they need to make smart decisions about their case.
Depending on the length of a marriage, property division can be a very complicated area of family law. Virginia is an equitable division state, meaning that your marital property will be divided fairly, but not necessarily directly down the middle.
THOROUGH DC METRO MARITAL ASSETS LAWYER
The challenges in property division lie in determining marital versus separate property. An experienced attorney can help you understand how to classify your property appropriately. At Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC, we are aware of what factors will likely influence a court on your behalf. We work with accounting experts as we obtain thorough and accurate appraisals and business valuations.
We work with a vast array of individuals who are navigating a divorce and the complexities associated with equitable distribution. The following, depending on how it is titled and when it was obtained, can be considered marital property:
Our attorneys have more than 40 years of experience closely examining and valuing the property that must be divided in a divorce. We understand how important these assets can be and we are prepared to take all of the steps necessary to help you obtain the best outcome possible.
CONTACT MAHDAVI, BACON, HALFHILL & YOUNG, PLLC FOR MORE INFORMATION
In an effort to support the best interests of our clients, we offer competitive fees. Call 703-352-1300 or contact our firm to learn more about how our DC Metro child custody lawyers will personally tailor our services to your needs.