Family Law

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Experienced Family Law Attorneys

The attorneys of The Reed Law Firm are experienced and compassionate family law advocates.  We routinely handle a diverse caseload in a variety of family law practice areas including divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support.  We handle domestic relations and family law matters in Manassas and throughout Northern Virginia.  Our attorneys and staff understand how sensitive family law and divorce matters can be.  Our goal is to assist every client in understanding their rights and options in a friendly and understanding environment.

Specializing in Family Law Matters

Several of our attorneys specialize in family law and divorce related matters. This specialization allows our attorneys to focus their continuing education and experience on this body of law. As a result, they have a better understanding of the statutes and cases in these areas of practice. Our attorneys routinely handle a variety of domestic relations matters including but not limited to:

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Divorce

If you have made the decision to end your marriage, we can assist you in filing for divorce and planning for your future.   We can help you set your goals, develop a plan of action, and assist you in moving things forward.

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Child Custody & Visitation

If you find yourself locked in a struggle for custody of, or visitation with, a child, we can help. We can help you make sense of where to file, how to prepare, and what to expect.

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Child Support

After custody of a child has been determined, the non-custodial parent may owe a duty of support. These obligations generally continue until the child becomes an adult.

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Equitable Distribution

In most marriages, the parties accumulate property that the law deems as “marital.”  Upon dissolution of the marriage, the law requires that this property be divided equitably.

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Spousal Support

In divorce cases, one of the more contentious issues is typically spousal support. Whether the court will award spousal support depends upon a set of statutory factors, rather than a set guideline.

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Adoption

Depending upon the circumstances, adoptions can be relatively straight forward or highly contested. We can help you determine how to proceed, who to serve and how to get your adoption approved.

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Name Changes

In the event of a divorce, some divorcing spouses choose to return to their maiden name. We can assist you in this process. In addition, we also perform name changes for adults and children who are seeking revisions to their given names.

Our Process

Step 1

Initial Review and Development of Litigation Plan

The client will meet with the attorney to review the current status of the case, develop a plan of action, determine a budget, and formulate a timetable for resolution. The attorney will discuss the client’s specific goals, review any relevant caselaw or statutes related to the litigation and answer the clients questions about the process.

Step 2

Pleadings, Discovery, and Motions

Being party to a lawsuit requires ongoing effort to organize your case through written documents that are submitted to the court and opposing parties. It also may require court appearances to argue pretrial motions. During this stage, we will prepare any pleadings to be submitted to the court, draft discovery requests, responses and objections, issue subpoenas, conduction depositions, and prepare and argue any pretrial motions. This stage typically occupies 70-80% of the total timeline for your case.

Step 3

Trial Preparation and Settlement Negotiations

This stage includes review of all relevant evidence, preparation of any potential witnesses and the formulation of trial strategy. Our experienced staff will assist in the assembly of trial notebooks that include all documents you intend to present at trial. During this stage, settlement negotiations may take place in an effort to resolve your case without a trial if it is possible.

Step 4

Trial

If your case cannot be resolved through negotiation, a trial will be required. Based upon the plan we develop with you, we will present the evidence and witnesses that we have prepared to present your case in the light most favorable to you. Trials can sometimes have unpredictable outcomes. However, when you hire the Reed Law Firm, you can be confident that the evidence, arguments, and testimony you want to have heard will be presented in a coherent, organized, and compelling way to provide you with the best possible opportunity to win your case.

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Convenient Consultations Based on Your Schedule

We understand that life can be hectic, especially when you are dealing with a situation that requires legal representation. Our attorneys are available on most weekdays for an in office or phone consultation.  Our friendly office staff can assist you with scheduling a consultation and discuss how you should prepare for your upcoming visit.  To schedule a consultation, please contact us.