According to the US Census Bureau, the average age at first marriage for both men and women is at an all-time high. Similarly, the number of individuals re-marrying, thereby creating blended families, is on the rise. What does that mean for domestic attorneys? We are seeing more and more individuals who seek,
At a debate over proffers at a steering committee meeting on the comprehensive plan, attorney Sam Kaufman called for “more flexibility” with targeted proffers.
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The law firm of Owen & Owens is proud to announce that all three founding partners, W. Joseph Owen III, Mary Burkey Owens and Samuel J. Kaufman, were voted by their peers for the 2010 edition of Law & Politics’ Virginia Super Lawyers®. Only five percent of active licensed attorneys in Virginia are selected for inclusion after extensive peer review and editorial research.
Asked by the Chesterfield Observer to weigh in, Joe Owen commented on lawsuits following a 2008 plane crash near the Chesterfield Airport.
Virginia Code Section 20-91(A)(9)(a) permits the granting of a divorce after the parties have lived "separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for one year." Only six months is required if the parties have entered into a separation agreement and do not have children in common.
In today's difficult economic times,
In March, I attended a four day course on collaborative law and mediation. The participants were attorneys, mental health professionals (counselors, therapists, psychologists) and financial experts. The experience was exciting in many respects. It was great to see so many people who are genuinely interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution and helping families resolve their differences in a healthy,
In family law cases, whether it be e-mail, text messages, or Internet activity, electronic evidence can mean the difference between making your case and being left with yet another instance of he-said-she-said. It is therefore critical for family law attorneys to understand the legal and technical parameters regarding obtaining electronic evidence.
According to family law attorney Mary Burkey Owens, “money and how people deal with their money is probably one of the biggest factors that lead to considering separation or divorce.” “If they are open with each other, willing to communicate, to create a family budget, and stick to the budget, to set up common goals —
Domestic relations attorneys are often required to advise individuals contemplating marriage or planning to live together about whether they need some form of agreement to protect their assets. Owens was the instructor for the Virginia CLE seminar on “Drafting Premarital Agreements in Virginia,” covering the legal and ethical issues regarding drafting and preserving premarital agreements.
The longer I practice family law, the more important I see alternative dispute resolution as a way to resolve differences in family law cases. Whether a couple is divorcing or deciding upon a custody and visitation arrangement for a child, the path they choose is important. Alternative dispute resolution gives people an opportunity to make a decision themselves rather than allow a third party to do so.