Colleen Haddow Receives Significant Service Award

DiPietro Family Law Group McLean Partner, Colleen Haddow, has received a Significant Service Award from the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar. The award goes to lawyers who have distinguished themselves through their service to the bar and the public. Ms. Haddow will be presented with the award at the Virginia State Bar […]

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6 Amazing Things to Do With Your Child in Virginia in May

You’ve been awarded visitation time, but you’re stumped on how to spend it. This month, make the most of this opportunity by enjoying one of these Virginia activities with your child: Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival For ninety years, Winchester’s Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has ushered in spring. The ten-day event offers numerous activities for families, […]

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5 Must-Listen-To Podcasts About Life as a Newly Single Parent

Life as a single parent can be a terrifying, but ultimately fulfilling journey. You may currently feel alone and overwhelmed, but in this age of internet and mobile connectivity, you enjoy access to a huge community of fellow single parents. When you listen to podcasts specifically designed for single parents, you’ll find valuable advice about […]

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A refresher on divorce and debt

People going through a divorce likely think about what they are going to receive in the final settlement: The family home, a portion of a retirement fund, child support and alimony. But what couple needs to remember is that there also is debt involved that must be addressed. Previous blog posts have looked into the […]

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Keeping the engagement ring: An update

An engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of love and commitment. But what happens if the notion of love and commitment goes awry, and a couple chooses to end their engagement and call off the wedding? There are a lot of issues to consider when it comes to the bands that adorn the left ring […]

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Extracurricular activities and child support

People who are divorcing negotiate child support based on the child’s basic needs: Food, shelter and clothes. To help determine the amount of the child support order, Virginia courts use the child support guidelines approved by the state’s General Assembly. The guidelines take into consideration the needs of the child as well as each parent’s […]

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Your 401(k) and divorce

Your soon-to-be ex-spouse has the legal grounds to at least part of the 401(k) you have worked so hard to build. In most cases, you, your spouse and your attorneys will have to find a way to make a fair and equitable split of the funds. Let’s say you graduated from college and landed your […]

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Fertility, surrogacy and legal contracts

Fertility issues strike as many as one in six couples in the United States. Many explore options to fulfill their dreams of having a family. Adoption, artificial insemination and surrogacy have become viable options for couples who want to build a family. But seeking alternatives to having a baby means you need to have your […]

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How to protect your rights when you adopt a child

About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States every year. Of those, 59 percent are foster children, 26 percent are foreign and 15 percent are babies whose parents have given them up for adoption. The remaining are usually stepparent adoptions. If you are adopting a child and you aren’t the stepmom or stepdad, you […]

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New year, new divorce

The new year is barely underway, but if you’ve noticed that some of your friends and relatives are divorcing – or if you’re thinking about it yourself – there might be a reason. New Year’s Day is often referred to as “Divorce Day.” That’s because it’s one of the most common days of year for […]

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