Because Your Family Is Important

At King Downing PLC, we understand how stressful divorce proceedings can be for clients.  We strive to provide our clients with not only cost-efficient solutions, but also outcomes that are in the best interest of the parties.  We focus primarily on uncontested divorces, as well as child custody and support calculations/modifications.

We understand that many couples simply cannot come to a mutually agreeable resolution.  However, we believe couples can provide a kinder and less expensive path to divorce through negotiation. We help clients to reach a resolution involving the division of real estate, personal property, assets, and debts. We also help parties to agree on child custody, visitation, child support, health insurance, and alimony. These are typically the major issues that need to be agreed upon by both parties in order to proceed with an uncontested divorce. If the parties cannot agree on one or more of these issues, or any other issue pertaining to the marriage, then the divorce is considered contested and will require further litigation.

Child Custody:

In custody dispute cases, the standard to look at is the best interest of the child/children involved.  While divorce can take a toll on everyone involved, it is particularly important to consider the welfare of the children who are caught in the middle.  The physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the children is of the utmost importance to our clients, and therefore us.  We provide representation in custody agreements, custody disputes, and custody modification.

Child Support:

In Virginia, child support is owed by the noncustodial parent or guardian to the custodial parent.  This support structure is designed with the goal of providing minimal upheaval in a child’s life when his or her parents separate.  We represent clients seeking child support or a child support modification in both Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as well as Circuit Court.

Protective Orders:

Protective orders, often referred to as restraining orders, are issued by a judge or magistrate to protect a person who is alleged to be a victim of any act involving “violence, force, or threat that result in bodily harm or places that person in fear of death, sexual assault, or bodily injury.”  In Virginia, there are three types of protective orders – emergency, preliminary, and permanent protective orders.  Due to changes in the law, there is no requirement that there be a specific relationship between the parties.  Now petitioners can request protective orders through the General District Court as well as from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, depending on the circumstances.  King Downing PLC helps clients seeking protective orders and defending against protective orders.