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E. Gordon Peters, Jr

Are There Alternatives to Going to Jail?

Nobody wants to go to jail. However, our entire justice system seems to be predicated on punishment for crimes. While there are several different variations of punishment, jail time is often considered one of the most effective deterrents for crimes.
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E. Gordon Peters, Jr

Are Parents Responsible for Their Child's Crimes?

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a minor – a person less than 18 years of age – can be arrested for violating the law or committing a crime. Although, parents or legal guardians may not be held criminally liable for their child's actions. However, they may be held civilly responsible – sued in civil court – for property damages caused by the child's willful and malicious conduct.
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E. Gordon Peters, Jr

Do I Really Need a Child Support Attorney?

More than $600,000 in child support is collected in Virginia each year, benefiting 14% of children in the state. No matter their relationship with one another, parents have a legal obligation to provide for their children financially. Child support benefits the health, safety, education, and care of Virginia’s kids.
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E. Gordon Peters, Jr

Divorce Considerations for Men

If you’re a man considering or facing divorce, you may be wondering what to expect. Will my ex always walk away with the lion’s share? Will my ex get the house and the kids and spousal support on top of that? Whatever your situation, if divorce is looming for you, you need the help of an experienced Virginia family law attorney.
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E. Gordon Peters, Jr

Grandparents' Rights in Virginia

In many families throughout Virginia, grandparents play a huge responsibility in raising their grandkids. This may range from nurturing the next generation and forming a strong bond to providing financial support and spending quality time with their grandchildren.
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E. Gordon Peters, Jr

Does a Criminal Record Affect Child Custody?

According to statistics from Virginia State Records, in 2017, there were an estimated 260,584 cases of property crimes and arrests and 18,645 cases of violent crimes and arrests statewide. In a custody case, a party’s criminal history may directly or indirectly affect their chance of being awarded custody by the Virginia family court.
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E. Gordon Peters, Jr

Virginia Divorce Steps

Every year, approximately 2,800 couples get divorced in Virginia. What started with affection and the intention to build a life together ends in what can be a complex and contentious legal process.
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