With the changes in family law over the last 30 years, including the introduction of fair sharing in place of the old common law rules, the adoption of legislation protecting military spouses, and the introduction of welfare provisions and various local regulations passed, the area of separation and divorce has become far too complex and specialised for anybody who does it. Do you want to learn more? Visit Family Law. It distresses us when consumers come to us with poorly crafted separation agreements and/or decrees that other novice attorneys have carried out. Just like it is easier to win at trial than to have a big appeal issue, it is much better to have the right attorney, one that can have it right the first time, than to have to pay others to fix problems created by errors made in the first place. As seen in the series of articles I wrote for The Family Law News, a peer review journal of the Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section, entitled ‘Costly Errors in Multi-State Military Divorce; Or the Tale of Woe of a Military Wife,’ published in the Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 issues of the newspaper, the errors are always quite expensive and cannot be corrected.
The series of articles explores the moral, political and procedural reasons we used to effectively defend a military retiree who was a veteran of the Vietnam War. His ex-wife was trying to secure half of his military retirement pay and spousal compensation here in Virginia after divorcing him six years earlier in Hawaii. While we are always pleased to achieve a good result for our customers, we felt sorry for the ex-wife, who received bad legal advice from the hr lawyer in the original divorce case in Hawaii, advice that led to poor decisions that the Virginia Court considered to permanently bind her. The judge told the ex-wife in ruling for us in the case that the show should go after the attorney in Hawaii who represented her in the divorce rather than suing her ex-husband.
If you know a lawyer, ask him / her for a referral to a decent divorce lawyer. He or she might meet someone or more people who devote a large part of the practise of the law to separation, divorce, and related issues.