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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 4th Circuit
- English: Spoken, Written
- Firm Owner
- Ashton Law Office PLLC
- Federal Procurement
- 366th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force
- Firm Owner
- Ashton Law Office, PC
- Senior Associate
- Solomon Law Group
- Hart & Assoc., P.C.
- Henrico County J&DR Court
- University of Richmond School of Law
- J.D. (2005)
- Hampden-Sydney College
- B.A. (2002) | Political Science
- Honors: cum laude
- Virginia State Bar  # 70776
Websites & Blogs
- Ashton Law Office, PLLC website
- Ashton Law Office blog
- The Virginia Birth Father Registry - Nuts and Bolts
15 October 2020
- FAQ: Recently Encountered Questions in Family Law
14 August 2020
- Divorce: the topic engaged couples (unfortunately) avoid.
20 April 2020
8 Questions Answered
- Q. Husband is physically and mentally able to work but hasn't for 13+ years. Is he entitled to 1/2 the house & Condo in VA?
- A: It’s not as simple as that. Virginia is an equitable distribution state, which does not mean “equal” distribution necessarily. The courts look at a series of factors (really just predetermined categories of evidence) in order to determine what division of assets and debts would be “equitable” or fair. The factors span a lot of different things, but they are primarily concerned with who did what (both positive and negative) during the marriage, and secondarily concerned with what will happen to the parties following the divorce. An experienced attorney can give you a better answer as to what the court might do in your particular case.
- Q. My daughter's father and I had a non-legal agreement that he'd pay $500 (cash) monthly as child support.
- A: Every case is different, of course, but typically, if you ask for it the court will order child support retroactively to the date that the petition for support was filed. You should contact an attorney immediately to confirm some important details, including that the correct petition was filed and served on him, and that child support is an issue to be tried at your trial date.
- Q. I'm 17 and my grandparents have raised me. I want them to have full custody. Can I file a petition myself?
- A: Unless you are an emancipated minor (in which case custody wouldn't be an issue), the answer is almost certainly no. Your grandparents may be able to file themselves, seeking non-parent custody. Or a sympathetic parent who agrees with your wishes may file to change custody. But yes, your parents could fight the petition. Most do, in these cases. You should contact an experienced attorney immediately, to seek legal advice and protect your rights and interests.
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