Hypothetical Ashburn Family Divorce Situation

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  • “Not knowing the first thing about hiring an attorney for an unexpected personal situation, a friend referred me to William Conners. From the very beginning, I felt very confident he would make sure that all negotiations and decisions made would benefit me and my daughter. Will has been very professional and caring and I cannot thank him enough.”

    A. S.
  • ” William Conners represented me in my divorce which was complicated by the fact that my ex-wife and I owned several successful businesses together. I have used many attorneys in the past. Will’s performance was exemplary and many, many steps ahead in legal skill, strategy, preparation and sophistication. My goals were more than met (and then some) and I ended up with the businesses! I can wholeheartedly recommend him.”

    D.R.
  • “I was mired in a contentious divorce that had spiraled out of control through nightmarish claims that were chilling in their seriousness. While struggling to deal with the emotional turmoil of a marriage that was over, I was facing bleak options that realistically included losing my job, my children, and even my freedom. Through Mr. Conners’ skilled counsel I came through the nightmare with my family and my future intact – defeating the false charges, successfully resolving the marital dispute, and keeping custody of my children. I have no doubt that without his expert handling of my case things would have turned out very differently indeed, and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you for giving me back my future!”

    D. G.
  • “A few of the initial things that impressed me about Will and his staff were their accessibility, promptness in responding to my requests and thorough explanation of the answers to my questions. I appreciated Will’s approach to giving me options and recommendations, and then he let me have a say in the decisions regarding the direction of my divorce case. Throughout the process, Will’s priorities remained focused on preparing my case to win in court if a fair settlement could not be reached and minimizing financial consequences without expensive legal posturing. He was my expert legal counsel and a part-time coach that knew how to motivate me and help me get through it. Will and his staff genuinely cared about the emotional and financial toll that the divorce was exacting on me. Without hesitation, I recommend William Conners for his expertise in Family Law matters and his compassion for the person he represents.”

    C.K.
  • “My divorce featured all the most difficult aspects including a vindictive spouse willing to do and say anything to destroy me and exclude my role in our children’s lives. No matter how difficult the situation though, Will Conners provided devoted and professional representation. He took the time and interest to understand my dynamic and craft a strategy that unveiled my spouses’ false vendetta, preserved the relationship between me and my children and protected my financial interests. I count myself fortunate to have had Will as my attorney and wholeheartedly recommend him.”

    P.B.
  • “I came to see William R.F. Conners for a divorce and to work out custody issues for my 5 year old son. I was very impressed with my first and subsequent visits to see Mr. Conners. I always felt that kindness was a given, my case was given the attention and professionalism it deserved, with particular emphasis on the welfare of my son and the staff was always courteous and helpful. Mr. Conners worked very hard on my case and always returned my calls in a timely manner. I highly recommend William R.F. Conners to anyone who needs a lawyer who makes you feel like your case is the most important one that he has.”

    C.O.
  • “As a commercial airplane pilot, a clean driving record is essential to my career. When I was charged by a Virginia state trooper with misdemeanor Reckless Driving by speed on radar (90 mph in a 55 mph zone), I was facing potential jail time, huge fines and a suspension of my privilege to drive. If convicted, I would have had to report the conviction to the FAA and faced potential suspension of my pilot’s license. The stakes were high and I turned to Attorney William Conners for help. Attorney Conners used his knowledge of traffic law and regulations to fight for me at trial and we won with the charge being totally DISMISSED without my even having to testify! If you need legal representation for a serious traffic charge, call Attorney Conners and experience what it really means to have someone on your side.”

    L.A.
  • “Charged with a clear “no win” 3rd Felony DUI, I was facing a dark future. I was destined to be a felon with no right to drive for 10 years and a jail sentence of 6 months to 5 years! Add my life threatening health problems and the situation could not have been worse. However, my prayers were answered and Attorney Will Conners succeeded in getting the charge greatly reduced with minimal consequences. I served less than 1 day in jail after my court hearing which I consider a miracle. I am so grateful for Will’s intelligence, loyalty and kindness. He made a profound difference in my life and I will never forget what he did to help me.”

    S.A.
  • “I am extremely pleased that I chose William R. F. Conners as my attorney for my criminal case. After interviewing several Loudoun County attorneys, I found Mr. Conner’s fee to be by far the best, his personality to be friendly, and his accessibility to be superior. Most of all, Mr. Conners went above and beyond what I expected by putting in numerous unexpected hours and doing an astounding job arguing against the prosecutor. As a result of his hard work and courtroom savvy, my charge was reduced beyond what was expected. I highly recommend William Conners for any of your legal needs.”

    C. P.
  • “After I was involved in a terrible car accident, I had no idea what to do. How do I handle the insurance questions, medical bills, lost time from work? Knowing I couldn’t, and shouldn’t, take this task on myself, I found Mr. Conners law firm thru an internet search. Shortly after completing the on line questionnaire from his website, I received a phone call from Mr. Conners. He was very polite, offered to meet and discuss my case. At the first meeting he made me feel comfortable. Will was always very prompt to answer any questions I had, both email and when I called the office; we even talked on the weekends. I had total faith that he had my best interest in making decisions and recommendations needed to resolve my case. I would recommend his services to any of my friends and family. “

    T.M.
  • “As recent immigrants to the U.S. we have been completely unprepared for dealing with the consequences of obvious negligence my wife encountered during one fateful visit to her new OB/GYN doctor. It was only due to the timely interference of more competent physicians and sheer luck we have been able to avoid permanent damage to her health. On our friends’ recommendation we asked the “Law Office of William R. F. Conners, P.C” to take up our personal injury suit, and through all the stages the firm provided us with the top-rate legal advice. In the end it was solely thanks to their persistence and professionalism that we have been able to arrive to a mutually acceptable settlement of our case. Our special kudos go to Mr. William Conners for his sharp legal acumen and personal dedication.”

    A.C. & I.C.
  • “The injuries I suffered in a car crash were severe and permanent. The extent to which Will prepared my case was extraordinary. Will Conners is the lawyer to call if you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision and suffered personal injury.”

    W.E.
  • “How do you thank someone who took a very frustrating situation and turned it into success! Even after being threatened with a “Contempt of Court” citation my ex-husband stopped support payments. I was told I could garnish his social security payments but that led to one phone call after another to government offices and no solution. I finally found Will and he told me to stop worrying that he would take care of everything. He did just that by following through and taking my ex to court. After back-and-forth coversations I received all of my past due support payments plus attorney’s fees and court costs without going before a judge. There aren’t enough thanks or praise for such a dedicated and caring attorney.”

    D.R.
  • “Will handled my family law case in the 2009-2011 time frame, and was instrumental in helping me achieve a desired result – and avoiding costly litigation. He was very familiar with law specifically applicable to my case, and was highly familiar with the opposing counsels tactics & tendencies. Will managed my case efficieintly and also helped me to do much of my own documentation (hence saving costs). I would be happy to recommend him in the area of family law. He’s a highly ethical counselor, with excellent knowledge of applicable law to divorce cases, and provided me good guidance on my case. Highly recommend.”

    J. C.
  • Nowadays, it is somewhat of a challenge to go through life without the need of an attorney. Should the need arise for a competent attorney to handle one’s legal affairs, I strongly recommend Will Conners. Will has handled a few of our family cases, including personal injury, family law and business transactions. His competency level in handling our cases was above and beyond any other attorney’s I have seen. Will has an extremely keen eye for details and always puts the client’s interest on a priority level. In a nutshell, Will is THE attorney our family turns to when any need arises for legal advice or representation. I would highly recommend Will. In my humble opinion, he is the best!”

    A. H.
  • I hired Will to represent me in a difficult divorce case. He did an absolute excellent job making sure my interests were looked after. It was a difficult time for me with an wife that had some personal issues. In the end Will made sure I did what needed to be done to protect myself but showed compassion for the woman I was divorcing without ever sacrificing my personal interests. I would employ his services again for any legal issues, which I hope there will be none, in a heartbeat!!! Rating would be 4.5 “

    K.A.
  • Attorney Will Connors helped me in filing an accident lawsuit against a drunk driver. Although it took a while for Will and his staff to reach the settlement which I desired, they were with me and my case every step of the way, keeping me fully informed and in the loop on every step of the process. They were most professional in every way, and I am one hundred percent pleased at having chosen Will to be my attorney on this issue. I would recommend Will and his firm without reservation.”

    T.P.
  •  Will has been a pleasure to work with during a difficult child custody battle. He has been almost always available, always on top of circumstances, provided very good counsel, quickly assimilated my issues without excessive dialogue and exhibited great flexibility under changing circumstances. While legal services don’t come cheap, his ability to quickly comprehend my issues probably netted a savings.”

    J.A.
  • Will Conners has been my lawyer for several years and has guided me through some difficult family law situations that occurred as a result of a divorce. His patience and ability to schedule and meet appointments and court appearances have been amazing. He was even able to formulate a plan to handle the final details of my case which is proving to be the best course of action. He has always been there for me when I needed him.”

    D.A.
  • I hired Will to represent me in an arduous divorce case knotted with a complicated financial scenario, and troublesome spousal support battle. Will and his staff’s unending commitment, and patience quickly sorted through my retired military and executive careers, disabled veteran entitlements, and the best interest of the children amidst an emotionally overbearing ex-spouse. My case rapidly spiraled from separation to divorce in under one year. His steadfast professionalism and goodness guided me through a toxic situation that protects both my finances and the children. I can’t thank Will and his staff enough.
    V.M.

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Notice: The client quotations above are not to be construed to guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by any attorney of the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C. Each case result depends upon a variety of factors unique to each case and client.

Hypothetical Ashburn Family Divorce Situation

Al and Maggie Luminum live in Ashburn, Virginia.  They bought their first home there to start a family.  They now have three minor children.  Their love for the children kept their marriage alive longer than it would have lasted without them.  Eventually, Al and Maggie no longer wanted to be married to each other.

They separated but both remained in Ashburn.  Maggie stayed in the marital home in Ashburn Village, on Maidencreek Court .  Al moved into the couple’s first home, townhome on Pioneer Ridge Terrace which they kept as an investment property.

Their choice to live in Ashburn was based on Al’s career as a defense engineer and the many opportunities available in the industry.  Before she met Al, Maggie planned to go to law school and become a lawyer.  Since Al had completed his degree in engineering and already had job prospects, Maggie put law school on hold and stayed home to raise their children.  Al’s income was capable of providing for their family and continued to increase as time went on.

As the kids got older, Maggie had more time.  The idea of pursuing a legal career didn’t seem to make sense anymore but she thought about getting a business or financial degree.  Even though they didn’t need a second income, Maggie wanted a career.   She had an entrepreneurial spirit and considered offering accounting services from home.

Al supported Maggie’s desire to do something but thought that getting degree didn’t make sense.  He made enough money and would always have a high paying job.  They had three kids that would be going to school themselves in the not so far future.  Instead of spending money on an advanced degree for Maggie, he thought they should focus on their kids’ futures by putting their extra money into educational funds for them.  Al didn’t see why Maggie couldn’t feel worthwhile doing something community based or helpful to the family.

Al and Maggie stopped talking much.  Their needs had changed and they weren’t communicating well.  They decided to get a divorce

How Child Support Could Apply in the Hypothetical Situation

In this hypothetical situation support obligations will likely be issues during the divorce.  Whether either party will pay child support, the amount, and the length of time are decisions that the parties may make by agreement or, if no agreement is possible, that the court will make for them.  In the Luminum’s case, different child support scenarios are possible.  The possible outcomes will be based on the decisions made regarding child custody and spousal support.  There are three categories of support payments:  sole custody support, split custody support, and shared custody support .  Each are each determined differently and usually result in different amounts.  The Luminums’ child support situation, regardless of the formula used, will require payment by Al.  All the relevant facts and circumstances must be considered in order to determine which support method will be most beneficial.

Why Skilled Legal Representations is Necessary in a Child Support Case

Child support in Virginia is calculated according to the child support guidelines, which provide a framework for determining a support amount.  The guidelines take into account a number of variables including:

(a) number of children,

(b) gross incomes of the parties,

(c) which party is the custodian of the child,

(d) how many days the noncustodial party has the child,

(e) the cost of health insurance,

(f) the cost of any “work related” day care.

“Presumptive” payment amounts based on these variable are set forth in the guidelines.   They are “presumed” to be correct unless a sufficient basis for a “deviation” is shown.   A deviation from the guidelines can be an increase or decrease and can be sought by one party or agreement of both parties.  The court will only order a deviation from the guidelines if it is in the best interests of the child.

Child support can appear deceptively simple to the ill-informed.  Child support is frequently disputed because the issues involved are some of the most contentious elements in a divorce or child custody case.  The underlying variables, used to determine the support amount, are difficult to resolve.  The parties may disagree with each other on issues relating to their gross income.  The custody and visitation matters may not be resolved, and day care costs may be in dispute.  The parties may also disagree to any proposed deviation.

In such events, it takes a skilled attorney to advance a client’s case and successfully advocate for a client’s position. In child support disputes, our child support lawyers can advise you on many aspects including:

  • The effect and interplay of various custody arrangements on child support
  • The effect and interplay of various visitation arrangements on child support
  • How long child support is to be paid
  • What constitutes “income”
  • Arguments for and against classifications of income
  • The issue of reasonable “work related” child care
  • How evidence is obtained in and outside of litigation
  • How one can achieve or defend the imposition of a deviation
  • “Imputation” of income to an unemployed or underemployed party
  • And many more aspects of child support.

When a Support Order can be Modified

In the hypothetical case, a dispute regarding income seems unlikely.  Maggie has no income and Al has had a stable career with salaried positions at one of the defense companies. Although Maggie considered performing some accounting jobs at home, she never did.  Al may be able to seek a modification however if Maggie pursues her career goals and begins earning income.

With some exceptions, every parent is obligated to provide for the support of a child. Parties can agree to many aspects of child support but the court always maintains jurisdiction to determine the initial amount of child support for a minor child and its jurisdiction continues while the support order is in effect.  Either party can ask the court to revisit the issue upon a “material change in circumstances.”

At the Law Office of William R. F. Conners, P.C., our firm is experienced at handling complex child support matters. Whether we are helping the party receiving support to establish the existence and nature of undeclared income in order to obtain a needed payment increase or whether we are helping the paying party from being unduly burdened by an unrealistic obligation, we can leverage our vast array of legal knowledge and strategic tools to best represent our clients.

After reading the FAQ (above), the first step for most of your clients is the Divorce
Consultation, and the other resources on this web site, your next step should be
arranging a Family Law Consultation to get important Family Law advice.

During our hour long Family Law Consultation, you will meet with lawyer William R.F.
Conners and/or another experienced Family Law attorney affiliated with the Firm.
We will discuss your issues, family and financial history. In the course of the
consultation, we will assess your situation, advise you of your legal rights and
obligations and identify your options and remedies. After the consultation, you
will have a deeper understanding of the issues which you face, the divorce process
and what steps you need to take to protect your rights and achieve your goals.

After reading the FAQs (above), the first step for most of our clients is the Family Law Consultation. At this typically hour long meeting, you will meet with lawyer William R.F. Conners or another well known and experienced attorney affiliated with the Firm. We will discuss the custody and visitation issues that may have a bearing on your child support case and the financial issues and variables involved. In the course of the consultation, we will assess your situation, advise you of your legal rights, obligations and relevant law and discuss your options and remedies. After the consultation, you will have a deeper understanding of the child support issues which you face, the process involved and what steps you need to take to protect your rights and achieve your goals.

In child support disputes, our child support lawyers can advise you on many aspects including:

  • The effect and interplay of various custody arrangements on child support
  • The effect and interplay of various visitation arrangements on child support
  • How long child support is to be paid
  • What constitutes “income”
  • Arguments for and against classifications of income
  • The issue of reasonable “work related” child care
  • How evidence is obtained in and outside of litigation
  • How one can achieve or defend the imposition of a deviation
  • “Imputation” of income to an unemployed or underemployed party
  • And many more aspects of child support.
The Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C. in Leesburg, Virginia serves the cities of Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Leesburg, Middleburg, Reston, and Vienna, Sterling, Ashburn and Purcellville, as well as all communities in Loudoun County and Fairfax County, Virginia.