Hardly anyone is comfortable going to court. The thought of having to answer questions on the witness stand can be uncomfortable. A lot of stress can come with the decision to get a divorce even if it is the right choice for your family. Litigating a divorce case can be costly, time-consuming, and involves a […]

For some, the holiday season is filled with good food and quality time with family. For others, it’s watery ham and less than desirable conversation. The unpredictability of COVID might provide a temporary respite from uncomfortable family gatherings but we won’t be able to avoid them forever. If you feel obligated to spend time with […]

On Tuesday, November 3rd, the family law office of Phillips & Peters was honored to receive the CoVABiz Magazine Community Impact Award. According to the Business Magazine of Coastal Virginia, the award is given to “businesses and organizations that are making a tangible, measurable impact on their communities. That impact might be the result of […]

Careyann Weinberg

On the first Wednesday of every month, the family law office of Phillips & Peters celebrates Women Crush Wednesday! These are not sponsored or paid posts – just women business leaders we love to support that are crushing it in Hampton Roads.    For decades there has been a concerted effort to boost the reputation of Downtown […]

There are scarier days in October than Halloween. October 20th is “National Face Your Fears” Day which is celebrated on the third Tuesday of October every year. The thought of facing your fears can be scarier than the thought of facing Freddie Krueger. Facing fear can be particularly scary if it involves divorce or the […]

Child trick or treating with Dad

For many families, Halloween is more than a day; it is a tradition. It is a time where children and adults alike are excited to dress up, eat too much candy, and join in the community festivities. This can be difficult for families that are co-parenting and even more difficult with the struggles brought about […]

Anna Akers of Lorak Jewelry

On the first Wednesday of every month, the family law office of Phillips & Peters celebrates Women Crush Wednesday! These are not sponsored or paid posts – just women business leaders we love to support that are crushing it in Hampton Roads.      Anna Lorich Akers is the owner, creator, and businesswoman behind Lorak Jewelry in […]

Mental Health in Divorce

On October 10th people around the globe will celebrate “World Mental Health Day“. This day is meant to raise awareness about the variety of mental health issues and mobilize efforts to support those in need. As family law attorneys we know that divorce can have a profound impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health. […]

single ring from divorce

Deciding to file for divorce is not an easy decision. When you decide that moving forward with a divorce is right for you and your family, the law requires that you have a reason. Legally, this is known as the “ground” or “grounds” for divorce. Each state has specific grounds for divorce. In Virginia, generally, […]

More likely than not, you have worked hard over the years to protect your credit score by paying bills on time, not overextending your debt to income ratio, and the like, but what do you do to shield your credit from the financial hardships of divorce? Chances are your credit will take a hit but […]

On the first Wednesday of every month, the family law office of Phillips & Peters celebrates Women Crush Wednesday! These are not sponsored or paid posts – just women business leaders we love to support that are crushing it in Hampton Roads.    This month we wanted to spotlight an office favorite and our Downtown neighbor, Dr. […]

Contested v. Uncontested Divorces We receive a lot of questions about what it means to have a contested versus an uncontested divorce. Here are some answers. First, the Virginia statutes do not use the terms “contested” or “uncontested.” The statues set out the basis for which someone can request a divorce and the procedures for […]

Bull is an American legal drama that airs on CBS. In the show, Dr. Jason Bull works at a prolific trial consulting firm.  In the episode, Child of Mine, a white couple gives birth to their baby.  Confusion ensues when the couple realizes that their baby is brown.  It is soon revealed that the fertility clinic that the couple used […]

Coronavirus has brought many challenges to the world. In particular, it has affected our elderly and most vulnerable populations. Especially those long-term care facilities and nursing homes. They have become a hotbed for Covid-19. The pandemic has spread through nursing homes like an uncontrolled wildfire indiscriminately targeting our precious elderly population. The CDC guidelines required […]

For those of us of a certain age, we should be thankful that social media was not around when we were younger. If you parent teenagers, then you have daily examples of what I am talking about. Let’s be honest, if all of our adventures were shared for the world to see, we would be […]

Girls Marching

On the first Wednesday of every month, the family law office of Phillips & Peters celebrates Women Crush Wednesday! These are not sponsored or paid posts – just women business leaders we love to support that are crushing it in Hampton Roads.    We’ve all heard some variation of the saying, “it takes a village to […]

Single Woman

In Virginia, adultery is still a crime and a ground for divorce. Adultery is the actual act of sex with a person other than a spouse.   If you or your spouse has committed adultery, it is important to know how that will impact a divorce case.   Adultery is a ground for divorce.  If one spouse […]

Parent Hugging Child

As the world settles into what is maybe the new “normal” with social distancing, masks, and little to no contact with nonfamily members, how does that look when shuffling children back and forth between different homes? Here are some things to consider when co-parenting through COVID-19 with an ex from a distance. Communicate When parents […]

Hands Drafting Agreements

“Do I really have to give her all my bank records, tax returns, and other financial information?” This is a question family law attorneys hear all the time. If you are in the midst of a custody case or a divorce case, you are probably already familiar with the term “discovery”. It is a term […]

Spiderman with foster children

On the first Wednesday of every month, the family law office of Phillips & Peters celebrates Women Crush Wednesday! These are not sponsored or paid posts – just women business owners we love to support that are crushing it in Hampton Roads.    Audra Bullock can recite the numbers without hesitation. There are close to 5500 children in […]