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Child custody, child support and private schooling

A divorce can take a tremendous toll on the emotional well-being of kids. To minimize the potentially negative consequences your divorce has on your children, you likely want to provide as much stability as possible. Keeping your young ones in the same school is apt to be a successful strategy.

If your kids go to a private school, tuition and other education-related costs may be quite expensive. Fortunately, you may be able to use child support to pay for your children's educational expenses. If you plan to go this route, though, you must know how Virginia law treats the intersection of child custody, child support and private schooling.


Getting divorced can be a stressful and time-consuming process. For most clients, divorce proceedings involve spending a lot of time collecting financial records and scouring e-mail accounts and social media for relevant documents and information. It is therefore not surprising that, in the course of the process, most people either ignore their estate plan completely or put off the issue until the divorce is resolved. In this article, we will discuss the importance of consulting with an experienced estate planning attorney early on in the divorce process.


Protective Orders:

While the Court's are generally closed, they are open for certain emergencies. One of those emergencies is protective order requests. If someone has engaged in an act which puts you in fear for your health and/or safety, call the police to have it investigated, and then call us so that we can help you pursue your protective Order.


The outbreak of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has left many people scrambling to prepare for the new realities of quarantine, over-burdened medical systems, and financial stress. While most individuals focus mainly on having enough food and supplies to weather the storm, one critical aspect of truly being prepared often goes ignored: Estate Planning.

COVID-19 Update: A Message to Our Clients, Colleagues and Friends

Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends:

During these trying times, we want to keep you informed of the procedures and actions we are taking to ensure your health and safety. At Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC, we are committed to maintaining the safety of our clients, staff and community during the COVID-19 crisis.

We also remain committed to prioritizing our clients' needs. Although many businesses are unable to continue regular operations, our office remains open and available to serve you. 

Is drug court an option for you?

These days, drug crimes often lead to serious consequences. If a judge or jury convicts you on a drug-related charge, you should anticipate facing some stiff penalties. You may, for example, have to pay sky-high fines, attend substance abuse treatment and perform community service, among other possible penalties. In some cases, per the National Drug Court Resource Center, you may find that your conviction also hinders your ability to vote, own a firearm or find work or housing.

Depending on circumstances, you may be able to take accountability for your actions without spending time in jail or prison. While it is not available or appropriate for all drug offenders, you may be able to avoid time behind bars by instead enrolling and completing a state drug court program.

Recognizing signs of parental alienation

Some former couples find that they can co-parent relatively easily, while others find the transition far more difficult to manage. If your divorce from your former spouse was especially ugly or acrimonious, you may have even more of a hard time learning to co-parent together. If your spouse thinks poorly of you, you may have concerns about potential parental alienation.

Just what is parental alienation, and is there anything you may be able to do to minimize the impact it may have on your child?

Does an extramarital affair affect child custody?

From loss of affection to poor communication, marriages break down in Virginia for a seemingly endless number of ways. If either you or your soon-to-be ex-spouse had an extra-marital affair, though, your divorce may become particularly urgent. Still, you may wonder what impact a parent’s affair has on child custody

Like in many other places, Virginia law allows individuals to file a no-fault divorce petition. In the Old Dominion, you may also choose to blame your spouse for the end of your marriage. While adultery constitutes grounds for a fault-based divorce, it may have little or no effect on the outcome of a related child custody dispute. 

Your business may be the most valuable asset in your divorce

When it comes to the property division phase of a divorce, most people think of the family home as the most valuable asset. However, if you and your spouse own a business together, the focus changes.

What will happen to the company you worked so hard to build during your marriage? Here are three options to consider:

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