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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: My father died in 2018, he left me and my brothers everything but he was still married.

I'm in VA and my father left me and my brothers everything in his will since he was in the process of getting a divorce. My mother has since taken everything and relocated to another city in VA with her new boyfriend. She is now in the process of selling their house. Do i have any rights... Read more »

James D. Williams
James D. Williams answered on Mar 16, 2020

If your father did not receive an absolute divorce decree, then yes she would be entitled to something. However, the extent of what your mother would be entitled to is based on the length of marriage and size of the estate. She could potentially have a claim for 50% of the augmented estate, which... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: I believe I am a beneficiary of a 401k but the family is blocking it and the employer won’t give me info ..what do I do
James D. Williams
James D. Williams answered on Mar 15, 2020

Has the person who you believe designated you as their beneficiary died? Beneficiary designations typically can be changed fairly easily, compared to other estate planning tools. If the family of the person with the decedent is "trying to stop you," then there is realistically nothing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Civil Litigation and Family Law for Virginia on
Q: Is there a 10 year statute o limitations in Virginia on interest that was added to a child support case in 1994?

Child will be 26 yrs old in Nov 2020 and in the military. There is only $350 left to pay on arrears but $19,000 in interest.

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jan 13, 2020

I regret that I do not handle domestic relations cases. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: I am not on the birth certificate and they still trying to make me pay child support. By law that’s not right
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jan 10, 2020

I do not handle domestic relations or child support matters. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: Can I take my son’s father’s parental rights away from him?

My son’s father is on child support and has been since our son was 6 months old. However, he only pays when they take it from him and he’s never met him and he’s still $40,000 behind and has no interest in meeting him or getting to know him. He told me to leave him alone because he has other... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 27, 2019

Taking someone's obligation to pay child support away does not take their parental rights away. There is a process for him to relinquish his parental rights and you would have to speak with a family law attorney in your area to find out how that is done.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Virginia on
Q: What steps do I need to take to change my daughter’s last name to my husbands?

Child’s father lives in another state. Has two other kids he flaunts and takes care of but does not do anything for our daughter even when we were living in the same city. His name is not on her birth certificate. Husband has been taking care of my daughter for almost her whole life.

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Dec 18, 2019

Va. Code § 8.01-217. How name of person may be changed.

A. Any person desiring to change his own name, or that of his child or ward, may apply therefor to the circuit court of the county or city in which the person whose name is to be changed resides, or if no place of abode exists, such...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Virginia on
Q: Title 26 IRS code Pub. 525 states my veterans disability shall be excluded as income.Why are the courts not honoring it?

They are using that as income to calculate child support. How is that legal? Or should i get a lawyer?

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Dec 12, 2019

Va. Code § 20-108.2. Guideline for determination of child support

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C. For purposes of this section, "gross income" means all income from all sources, and shall include, but not be limited to, income from salaries, wages, commissions, royalties, bonuses, dividends,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Products Liability, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Virginia on
Q: Hey, so my friend is 19 and is moving out soon. But his dad is stealing and breaking his stuff. Is this legal or illegal

Ik it seems like a silly question but better to be safe than sorry

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 12, 2019

I'm sorry for your friend's ordeal. Unless the possessions are very valuable, he is probably better off just getting stuff out for safekeeping as quickly as possible before further damage instead of losing time from work or school in court. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: Can I leave US and return to my country of citizenship (India), and have my kids remain there with me?

I, my wife and two kids (8 and 15) are Virginia US legal permanent residents, and we all are citizens of India.

I sponsored US permanent residency to my entire family based on diversity lottery visa 3.5 years ago.

I am not happy at all in the US. I would happily return to my country... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Dec 12, 2019

That would be an international kidnapping crime unless you were lawfully granted full custody. It is unlikely that she would be denied joint custody unless she was abusive. In addition, it is likely that it will be in the best interests of the children for them to remain in the U. S.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: Can I take a withdrawal slip from credit union to incapacitated spouse to have signed so I can get money?

How do I go about getting money from my husbands account as an emergency? Someone said I can take a withdraw form and have him sign it and put thumbprint in front of witnesses. Is this true?

James H. Wilson Jr.
James H. Wilson Jr. answered on Dec 2, 2019

A person may act for an incapacitated person either as a guardian or conservator by virtue of a court order, a court appointed guardian ad litem, or pursuant to a durable power of attorney. The durable power of attorney must be signed by the principal before becoming incapacitated or during a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: In va can I sign over my parental rights
Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Dec 2, 2019

You can relinquish your custodial rights, physical and legal. You cannot sign over the obligation of support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: Can previous interrogatories and admissions be used in appeal case from JDR to Circuit Court in Virginia?

I was granted primary custody of a child in July. The other party appealed and they were granted a trial de novo in Circuit Court. We are both currently pro-se. I previously submitted admissions and interrogatories for the case in July. The other party responded but did not provide their own... Read more »

James H. Wilson Jr.
James H. Wilson Jr. answered on Nov 7, 2019

A witness can be impeached by prior inconsistent testimony or sworn responses in discovery. Impeachment requires a particular sequence of questioning that allows the witness to first give correct testimony, recollect instances of prior testimony, and then acknowledge prior inconsistencies. There... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Virginia on
Q: Can father get emergency custody?

Can father get emergency custody after mother has had child for 13years and been to court twice and remains custodial parent

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Oct 30, 2019

The court views "emergency" as a life or death situation, not someone not wanting to wait their turn.

File a petition to modify custody, and file an emergency motion. The court clerk and/or judge will review them to see if an emergency exists. If so, the court will docket a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: My wife and I are from NC. She is the bio parent of our son, bio fathers rights were terminated. can we apply in va?

My wife does not pay any bills and has not gotten a new license. Therefore has no proof of residence tho we’ve been here for over a year(just never got around to dmv). So would we be able to apply for a name change for our son who is 3? Or would we need to do it in NC?

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Oct 29, 2019

Va. Code § 8.01-217. How name of person may be changed.

A. Any person desiring to change his own name, or that of his child or ward, may apply therefor to the circuit court of the county or city in which the person whose name is to be changed resides, or if no place of abode exists, such...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Virginia on
Q: Hello, I conceived in SA Texas. I live in Virginia now. Never married.

I conceived in Texas (San Antonio) I lived there for 6 months and bought a home. When the father found out I was pregnant he abandoned/ left me and my baby. I moved to Virginia with my parents. I want to file child support in Texas but the father is fighting this. Texas child support stated I could... Read more »

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Oct 29, 2019

Wherever you file for child support, the case will be heard in a court where the payor resides.

You can file in Va., but Va. DCSE will transfer the case to Texas. Or, you can file directly in Texas.

If the father is subject to Texas jurisdiction, there is nothing to fight....
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Ex won't pay back security deposit refund that I paid.

So when my ex and I moved into an apartment together, I paid the $500 security deposit and we agreed that she wouldn't have to split it because I would get it back when we moved out. So when we move out, the apartment complex sends her the check by accident with both our names on it. She... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Oct 14, 2019

Your mosy likely recourse for success is to file a lawsuit, probably in Small Claims Court, if the amount is $5000 or less.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: How can I be permitted to visit with my 11 year old nephew, if the parents do not allow me to?

They are not legally separated, but live in separate dwellings.

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Sep 3, 2019

Va. Code § 20-124.2. Court-ordered custody and visitation arrangements.

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B. In determining custody, the court shall give primary consideration to the best interests of the child. The court shall consider and may award joint legal, joint physical, or sole custody, and there...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Virginia on
Q: I filed divorce from my husband. My lawyer is telling me to decide on a dollar amount for child support

We have 2 children age 5 and age 11. How do I come up with this figure? Is there a guideline for the state of Virginia? What if I pick a number too high and he won’t sign? How do I know what is fair?

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Aug 26, 2019

One does not decide on a dollar figure.

Va. Code 20-108.1 and 20-108.2 lay out in detail how child support is calculated. Both statutes state that the guideline amount determined by the formula must first be calculated by the judge, and is presumed to be the correct amount of child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: Is it easier to get a divorce than an anullment? I married someone to help them immigrate, now very ugly

She is from Jordan and is living with me - we have not had any relations. I want her out of my house and out of my life. She is here on a tourist visa. She has two children - she signed a pre nuptial agreement.

Jessica Wildeus
Jessica Wildeus answered on Jul 26, 2019

It is a common misconception that you can get an annulment in Virginia when a marriage hasn't been consummated. The grounds for annulment in this state are very narrow, so it's pretty uncommon.

It is much more common for couples to file for divorce, even if they have had short or...
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