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Family Law Attorney | Charlottesville, Virginia

Divorce can be a long and difficult process — one fraught with fear about the effect it will have on your children, your finances and your future. But by protecting your rights and those of your children, an experienced family law attorney can ease that fear and offer hope for the change that divorce brings. Call us. We help our clients put their lives back together.

Laura Blair Butler – Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Testimonials:

“Wonderful law firm…Laura Butler is the best! Very realistic, yet understanding.”

“In every professional dealing I have had with Laura Butler, I have found her to be exceptionally knowledgeable and well-prepared. Her knowledge of the law has been thorough in each of our dealings. In addition, she has consistently been able to see my situation and her counsel has been to the point and helpful for me specifically. She has earned my trust in her judgment. I find her to be pragmatic and an effective communicator – able to grasp the situation and to communicate clearly the counsel, advice, and solutions that are best in each situation.”

“When you first interview Laura Butler, it is apparent you are in the presence of a true professional in all aspects of family law. From her childhood, Laura was exposed to this often contentious environment presented by the divorce of her parents. From this experience, she can offer valuable counsel to children involved.”

“Laura is always prepared. I never saw her surprised either in or out of court. She treats all adversaries with respect, and then proceeds to dismantle them. When I saw how well she knew, and could quickly recall, the details of my case, in court, I was amazed. The other attorney had to refer to his notes to get the names and ages of the children, while Laura was able to give names, ages and the schools they attended without referring to anything. I could tell the respect the judge had for her.”

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Three frequently asked questions about VA divorce, child custody and support cases:

1. What are the grounds for divorce in Virginia:

Divorce laws vary widely from state to state. In addition to seeking a separation agreement, Virginia residents have several possible grounds under which they can file for divorce. Virginia recognizes:

  • Divorce from bed and board — Divorce from bed and board encompasses two reasons for separation: abandonment and cruelty or reasonable apprehension of bodily harm. Abandonment, also known as desertion, applies to situations where one or both spouses cease to live together and intend to remain apart. Cruelty and reasonable apprehension of bodily harm are provisions that allow one spouse to divorce if that spouse fears for his or her safety.
  • Divorce from the bond of matrimony — Virginia allows you to divorce without showing misconduct of any kind if you have lived apart for more than one year, commonly referred to as a “no-fault” divorce. Virginia also permits divorce on the grounds of adultery or if one spouse has been sentenced to prison for a year or more.

2. What should I know about child custody and support battles:

Virginia courts base decisions on child custody by determining the best interests of the child. Courts consider a number of factors when deciding what those best interests are:

  • The age of the child and his or her developmental needs
  • The existing relationship between each parent and the child
  • The preference of the child, if old enough
  • The physical and mental condition of each parent
  • Any history of abuse between family members

There are a number of other factors a court may consider, including any the court considers “necessary and proper.”

Someone who loses child custody may also be ordered to pay child support. A court will determine the share you must pay based on a schedule that takes into account your income and other factors. Income does not include public assistance, supplemental federal benefits, other child support or secondary employment income. Our attorneys can assist you with legal actions related to adoption and prenuptial agreements, child custody and child support and other family law matters. Speak to us to find out more about your case.

3. What is your fee structure?

We handle cases on a flat fee or hourly basis depending on the complexity of your case. We offer initial consultations at a reduced hourly rate. At the end of the consultation, we can determine the appropriate fee structure for your case, and you can evaluate our services and decide if you want to hire us. We accept all major credit cards to assist with payment.


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We have three offices conveniently located in Charlottesville, Palmyra (Across from Food Lion), and Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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