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The New World of Family Formation Options: Adoption versus Gestational Surrogacy

Newborn adoptive placements in the United States today have declined, assisted reproductive technologies have advanced, and the number and acceptance of gestational carriers has increased.   This means that individuals and families seeking to have children now often look to assisted reproductive technologies (commonly referred to as “ART” – and not the kind you hang […]

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Categories: Adoption, Articles

Civil Recoveries for Victims of Criminal Acts*

Criminal Courts alone do not provide a complete range of actions for criminal acts. With civil recoveries, you may be able to take more comprehensive actions to protect yourself and recover losses. When the unthinkable happens and someone becomes a victim to a rape, sexual assault, battery or other crime of violence, justice is often […]

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Shared Custody Granted to Biological Father Who Provided Sperm in Turkey Baster Pregnancy

After verbally agreeing to a pregnancy by turkey baster, Robert Boardwine and Joyce Bruce had different visions for each other’s level of involvement in the newborn child’s life. Bruce considered Boardwine to be a sperm donor only and that she would be the only sole parent. Their dispute was decided in Virginia appeals court. In […]

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Categories: Child Custody

Quinn Receives Family Law Service Award

We’re please to announce that Colleen M. Quinn has been named the 2015 recipient of the Family Law Service Award presented by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section. According to the release from the Virginia State Bar, “The award recognizes people and organizations that have improved family, domestic relations, or juvenile law in Virginia.” […]

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Categories: News

Avoiding Common Child Support Pitfalls

Whether child support is established by the court or an agreement of the parties incorporated into a court order, there are a number of common misconceptions about child support which generate frequent litigation. Oral Modification: A child support order cannot be orally modified by the parties. For example, if the recipient of child support orally […]

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Categories: Family Law

Quinn helps lesbian couple win right to have their names on their children’s birth certificates

From a recent Richmond Times-Dispatch piece on couple Maria and Joanni Hayman’s successful fight to have their names on children’s birth certificates: [A]fter an 18-month game of wait-and-see as the issue of gay marriage was being settled in Virginia, Richmond Judge Designate T.J. Markow last month ordered the Office of Vital Records in the Virginia […]

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Categories: LGBT, News

Getting Medical Bills Paid After an Accident

If you are in an accident, and you are injured, be sure to know the various sources for getting your medical bills paid. These include: health insurance, workers’ compensation (if the accident happened while you were on the job), medical payments coverage and lastly, liability coverage. Regardless of who is at fault for the accident, […]

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Categories: Auto Accident

5 Important Things You Need To Know About Severance Agreements

For an employee, the possibility of being fired or laid off is a terrifying proposition. The loss of employment brings with it the stress of figuring out how to pay for all of the necessary expenses that we face in life, whether it is food, car payments, phone, utilities, insurance, rent or a mortgage. Some […]

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Categories: Articles

The What, How, When, and Why of Spousal Support

What is Spousal Support? Spousal support is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to the other. The support payment is given to the receiving spouse for their support during the divorce proceeding and after the divorce is granted. The Juvenile and Domestic Relations district court can determine the availability and amount of temporary spousal support […]

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Categories: Articles, Divorce, Family Law

Quinn on Frozen Embryo Donation

In "What Parents Should Know About Frozen Embryo Donation," a recent 8News Investigates piece, Colleen Quinn commented on this relatively new infertility solution. "The embryo field still generally refers to the combination of two gametes that is the egg and sperm. Most of our state laws consider gametes to be property and property gets donated. […]

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Categories: Adoption, News
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