Charlottesville City County, VA Divorce & Family Law Lawyers


Christopher James Smith Lawyer

Christopher James Smith

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Divorce & Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony & Spousal Support, Prenuptial Agreements
Providing solutions to complex family law problems. Put our experience & knowledge to work for you.

Christopher J. Smith, Esquire, the firm’s founder has over twenty years experience in the area of Virginia family law and domestic relations practic... (more)

Steven Randall Morris

Divorce & Family Law, Child Custody, Alimony & Spousal Support, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           

Elizabeth P. Coughter

Divorce, Family Law, Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support
Status:  In Good Standing           

Steven Randall Morris

Traffic, State Appellate Practice, Family Law, Felony
Status:  In Good Standing           
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Sheila Cowles Haughey

Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Traffic
Status:  In Good Standing           

Bonnie Jean Lepold

Divorce & Family Law
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  23 Years

Elizabeth Parker Coughter

Accident & Injury, Family Law, Personal Injury, Customs
Status:  In Good Standing           

Cynthia Renee Murray

Juvenile Law, Motor Vehicle, Child Custody, Criminal, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           

John Paul Joyce

Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Accident & Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           

Katharine Morrow Beights

Family Law, Divorce & Family Law, Corporate, Accident & Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (TRO)

An order that tells one person to stop harassing or harming another, issued after the aggrieved party appears before a judge. Once the TRO is issued, the court ... (more...)
An order that tells one person to stop harassing or harming another, issued after the aggrieved party appears before a judge. Once the TRO is issued, the court holds a second hearing where the other side can tell his story and the court can decide whether to make the TRO permanent by issuing an injunction. Although a TRO will often not stop an enraged spouse from acting violently, the police are more willing to intervene if the abused spouse has a TRO.

STIRPES

A term used in wills that refers to descendants of a common ancestor or branch of a family.

INTERLOCUTORY DECREE

A court judgment that is not final until the judge decides other matters in the case or until enough time has passed to see if the interim decision is working. ... (more...)
A court judgment that is not final until the judge decides other matters in the case or until enough time has passed to see if the interim decision is working. In the past, interlocutory decrees were most often used in divorces. The terms of the divorce were set out in an interlocutory decree, which would become final only after a waiting period. The purpose of the waiting period was to allow the couple time to reconcile. They rarely did, however, so most states no longer use interlocutory decrees of divorce.

JOINT CUSTODY

An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a... (more...)
An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a say in decisions affecting the child) joint physical custody (in which the child spends a significant amount of time with both parents) or, very rarely, both.

PETITION (IMMIGRATION)

A formal request for a green card or a specific nonimmigrant (temporary) visa. In many cases, the petition must be filed by someone sponsoring the immigrant, su... (more...)
A formal request for a green card or a specific nonimmigrant (temporary) visa. In many cases, the petition must be filed by someone sponsoring the immigrant, such as a family member or employer. After the petition is approved, the immigrant may submit the actual visa or green card application.

ADOPTIVE PARENT

A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is deter... (more...)
A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is determined to be a 'fit parent' may adopt a child. Some states have special requirements, such as age or residency criteria. An adoptive parent has all the responsibilities of a biological parent.

RESPONDENT

A term used instead of defendant or appellee in some states -- especially for divorce and other family law cases -- to identify the party who is sued and must r... (more...)
A term used instead of defendant or appellee in some states -- especially for divorce and other family law cases -- to identify the party who is sued and must respond to the petitioner's complaint.

CONFINEMENT IN PRISON

In most states with fault divorce, grounds for a spouse not in prison to obtain a fault divorce if the other spouse has been imprisoned for a certain number of ... (more...)
In most states with fault divorce, grounds for a spouse not in prison to obtain a fault divorce if the other spouse has been imprisoned for a certain number of years.

CONSUMMATION

The actualization of a marriage. Sexual intercourse is required to 'consummate' a marriage. Failure to do so is grounds for divorce or annulment.