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 […]

Marching for Freedom

Phillips & Peters applauds the Commonwealth of Virginia in its efforts to recognize June 19th as a celebration of Juneteenth.   It is exciting to see Virginia leading in recognition of this day.  It is our prayer that in looking back and understanding what our history has been, that our country can unite and move […]

Getting Ready for Work

No matter how much you love your job and coworkers, the transition back to work after being home can be tough. The impact of the coronavirus tossed many established routines and habits out the window. As states open back up and bosses decide it is safe to open the business doors once again, here are […]

Kristin Poulin with Family

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.    After a couple of months quarantined at home with family some of us know more […]

 Born out of the Ashes.  Born for Greatness.  Some thoughts from Founding Partner, Kimberly Phillips to the Class of 2020:  As the Class of 2020 graduates, I want to challenge these students to recognize how very extraordinary they are in so many ways. I saw a quote on social media recently that I believe applies […]

Happy Family

See Virginia Code 20-124.2  In Virginia, parents have a legal obligation to provide for their children. Generally, child support terminates at the age of 18 unless the child is a full-time high school student who is still living at home and not self-supporting. If this is the case, then child support will continue until the child turns 19 or graduates […]

Erin Barnhill-Nichols

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.    As Virginia plans to gradually reopen in the middle of May, patrons across the […]

Stay Home Sign

On March 30th at 2 PM, Virginia’s Governor, Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Number Fifty-Five. By the end of the day the “Temporary Stay At Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus” was in place. States around the country have been taking similar actions to stop the spread of COVID-19. “Do not go out unless you need to […]

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.    With the economic slowdown happening due to coronavirus professional service businesses are taking a […]

Happy Couple

“If I sign a prenuptial agreement, it’s like expecting a divorce.” “We don’t have any money, why would we need a prenuptial agreement?” “I don’t want to pay alimony.” If a family law attorney has heard these statements once, she’s heard them a thousand times. In Virginia, we refer to prenuptial agreements as premarital agreements. […]