Divorce and family law matters can be emotionally draining. It is important to find an attorney who can provide you with the individual attention you need to serve your best interests. At the Law Office of Stephen B. Plott, PLC, we know that good representation includes strong legal knowledge and compassionate counsel. We cannot promise specific results, but we will give a straightforward assessment of your situation and provide you with the support you need to resolve your family law disputes, rebuild your family structure and move forward with your life. Attorney Plott is an experienced attorney who can help you with all of your family law matters.

Legal Separation

Virginia Law requires that couples observe a period of legal separation before they file for a no-fault divorce. A minimum of six (6) months of legal separation if there is a written separation agreement and there are no minor children. A minimum of twelve (12) months of legal separation if the spouses have not signed a written separation agreement or if there are children of the marriage. At the Law Office of Stephen B. Plott, PLC, we work with our clients to negotiate fair agreements and resolve matters related to custody, visitation and the division of marital debts and property.

Divorce

Few events in life are as exhausting, both emotionally and financially, as a divorce. At the Law Office of Stephen B. Plott, PLC, we are equipped to guide you through this most difficult time. We handle uncontested divorce cases with or without a formal agreement in place. We also handle contested divorce cases and are fully prepared to vigorously advance your cause whether though negotiation or litigation.

Child Custody and Visitation

Whether you are seeking to establish a custody and visitation arrangement, beginning a divorce, are related to a child to whom you have been denied access, or are seeking to modify an outdated custodial arrangement, the Law Office of Stephen B. Plott, PLC is able to assist you with your child custody and visitation issues. We litigate to obtain temporary and permanent child custody determinations, negotiate custody agreements, and handle all manner of custody modifications.

“The best interest of the child.” It is something you will hear often when discussing child custody. Despite all the factors that are looked at when awarding custody, judges ultimately make their decisions based on what they believe is in a child’s best interest. If you are embroiled in a custody dispute or just want to make sure you enjoy time with your children, an experienced attorney is invaluable.

Virginia’s “Best Interest of the Child” statute is found at Section 20-124.3 of the Code of Virginia. The factors that courts must consider in all child custody or visitation disputes are:

  • The age and physical and mental condition of the child
  • The age and physical and mental condition of each parent
  • The relationship existing between each parent and each child
  • The needs of the child
  • The role which each parent has played in the upbringing and care of the child, and the role each will play in the future
  • The likelihood of each parent actively supporting the child’s contact and relationship with the other parent and of cooperating in matters affecting the child
  • The reasonable preference of the child, if of reasonable intelligence, understanding, age and experience to express such a preference
  • Any family history of domestic violence or abuse
  • Other factors as the court deems necessary and proper

In many previous cases — hard work, thorough preparation, a detailed knowledge of the law, and the ability to work well with opposing counsel have helped clients avoid a courtroom battle.

At the same time, we recognize that there are situations in which an acceptable compromise on child custody or visitation issues cannot be reached through negotiation or mediation. In these cases, you can feel confident in Attorney Plott’s ability to effectively protect your interests at trial.

Child Support/Spousal Support

If you are involved in a divorce and require spousal or child support; if you have separated from your spouse and find yourself in need of financial assistance; or if you have a child for whom support is required, the Law Office of Stephen B. Plott, PLC has the resources to help you obtain spousal or child support. We routinely handle support matters such as the establishment of initial support award, modification of support awards, and enforcement and collection of support arrearages.