Family Law

Helping families navigate rough waters for over 35 years.

Attorneys at Lenhart Pettit have successfully handled cases in Central Virginia and Shenandoah Valley for well over a quarter century.  Laws have changed substantially in that time, but what has remained constant is our commitment to providing the best possible legal service in a cost-effective manner.  We recognize the unique challenges created by complex family dynamics, and we listen to the needs of our clients as we work with them to arrive at what are often life-changing decisions.

Our Charlottesville and Harrisonburg attorneys and committed staff offer personalized attention in a wide range of matters including:

Divorce

  • Separation and Property Settlement Agreements
  • No-fault and contested divorces
  • Complex equitable distribution
  • Property division; debt allocation; asset protection
  • Spousal support (sometimes referred to as “alimony”)
  • Tax issues
  • Business implications
  • Retirement plans
  • Investments
  • Stock options
  • Mediation/Negotiation/Collaborative Law
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)

Child custody

  • Legal and physical custody
  • Visitation arrangements
  • Paternity issues
  • Rights of grandparents
  • Parental relocation

Child Support

  • Statutory child support guidelines and appropriate departures
  • Factors in calculating support

Premarital agreements

Modification and enforcement of court orders

Protective orders and other no-contact orders

Adoption

  • Parental placement
  • Agency placement
  • Step-parent adoption

Foster care

Child delinquency (CHINS)

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