Loudoun County Family Law Attorney Protects Your Rights
Compassionate legal support for divorce, child custody, and child support in Virginia
If you’re facing a domestic legal issue such as divorce or child custody, it’s in your best interests to seek professional counsel. At the Law Office of Charles F. Koehler, P.C., I draw upon more than 15 years of experience helping families to resolve a range of legal challenges. Whether you need assistance drafting a comprehensive divorce agreement or asserting your parental rights in a custody case, I am ready to provide you with sympathetic guidance and diligent representation until your case is concluded.
Skilled lawyer guides couples through Virginia divorces
To file for divorce in Virginia, you must have resided in the state for at least six months. Should you and your spouse mutually agree to divorce in Virginia, you may do so without alleging fault by living separate and apart for a certain length of time: six months if you have no children, or one year if you have children.
If you are alleging fault, you must cite one of the following grounds for the breakdown of your marriage:
- Felony conviction
- Willful desertion or abandonment
Not only can I help you and your spouse finalize your divorce, but I can also protect your assets and interests in property division and spousal support matters. Whether your divorce is simple or complex, you can trust me to provide you with dedicated representation during each stage of your case.
Strong advocacy for your rights in child custody, visitation, and child support
In any family law case involving children, I focus on protecting their rights and well-being. Throughout Loudoun County, my firm is known for resolving the following family law issues with the utmost compassion and skill:
- Child custody — Virginia, as all states, decides child custody matters based on what is in the best interests of the child. However, the court will consider other factors as well, including whether both parents are fit to care for the child, whether the child prefers to live with one parent, whether the child is thriving in his or her current residency, and any other factors the court feels are relevant to the child’s health and upbringing.
- Visitation — If both parents can agree to a visitation plan, the court will mostly likely approve it unless it’s deemed harmful to your child. Many families arrange plans that alternate weekends and holidays, but every situation is different. I can carefully review your family dynamic and assist you in creating a visitation schedule that preserves your parental rights and ensures your child’s welfare.
- Child support — In Virginia, child support must be paid by the noncustodial parent to the parent with physical custody, and the payment amounts are based on a formula used statewide. When determining child support, the court also considers the needs of the child as well as the financial earnings and needs of both parents. Whether you are the parent paying support or the one receiving it, I will ensure the court has accurate information upon which to make its judgment. And if your financial situation changes after the divorce, I can assist you in drafting a child support modification request.
As an experienced family law attorney, I understand you may be nervous and frightened of what lies ahead. Rest assured, I am sensitive to your child’s needs and committed to resolving your domestic dispute as swiftly and smoothly as possible so that you and your family can move on.
Contact a reputable family law attorney in Loudoun County
The Law Office of Charles F. Koehler, P.C. is committed to providing family law clients with ethical and passionate representation. Please call 571-252-8614 or contact my firm online to schedule a consultation at my Leesburg office.