The area of family law has numerous components to it. For example, our attorneys are well versed in the issues of grounds for divorce, equitable distribution of property (including complex valuation of closely held businesses and other assets), child custody (including cases involving psychological evaluations and the relocation of children out-of-state), child support and spousal support. The firm also has experience in assisting clients with adoption, both in the United States and abroad. Our attorneys attempt to settle every case, understanding not only the expense of litigation but also the emotional toll that litigation can have on our clients and their families. Our attorneys are experienced in the art of negotiation and are trained in collaborative law, as well as assisting our clients with mediation should they choose that method of alternative dispute resolution. However, not all cases result in a settlement, and when litigation is inevitable, our attorneys provide a wealth of litigation experience and provide our clients with zealous representation in the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have three members of the firm who primarily practice family law, namely, Ronald R. Tweel, Elizabeth P. Coughter, and William C. Scott IV. The lawyers charge an hourly rate, with a descending scale of rates depending upon the experience of the attorney.
Members of our group have been recognized for their expertise in family law and selected for various leadership roles in many legal groups, including Chairman of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, two members of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Board of Governors, two past Chairmen of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's Family Law Section, elected into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, selected into the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, selected as the “Best Lawyers in America” for numerous years, selected by the Virginia Business magazine as the legal elite, and rated as a “Super Lawyer.” Our attorneys also write and lecture on the subjects encompassed by the term “family law.”