A report from the Virginia Department of Health indicates that there were 21,177 divorces and annulments statewide in 2018. In the same year, there were 879 adoptions in Virginia. Occasionally, family matters and relationship issues, including divorce, marital agreements, alimony, adoption, asset division, child custody, support, and visitation, require legal guidance. With heightened emotions and the psychological toll involved, having professional support and experienced representation is crucial.

Attorney E. Gordon Peters is committed to offering reliable advocacy in family law-related matters. As a knowledgeable Virginia family law attorney, Gordon is available to discuss your situation and help you explore your legal options. Whether you are considering making changes to your family structure or need help resolving relationship issues, Gordon can offer the detailed counsel and direction you need to make important decisions.

E. Gordon Peters, Jr., Attorney at Law, proudly serves clients across Lynchburg and Blackstone, Virginia, as well as the surrounding counties of Charlotte County, Campbell County, and Nottoway County.

Pre- & Postnuptial Agreements

A marital agreement is a contract that defines how a couple's assets will be divided in the event of a divorce, legal separation, or the death of a spouse. Marital agreements help couples define expectations, prepare for life's uncertainties, pursue financial security, and protect their assets and children.

A marital agreement entered into by engaged couples before the marriage is known as a prenuptial agreement. Conversely, a marital agreement entered into by the married spouses is referred to as a postnuptial agreement.

Marital agreements ensure that both parties are able to set parameters regarding assets division in the event of a divorce or legal separation. Both couples entering into a marriage or those who are already married can benefit from establishing a marital agreement.



Divorce in Virginia

In Virginia, couples can file for divorce on either a no-fault or fault basis. Filing for a no-fault divorce requires that you and your partner must have lived "separate and apart" — continuously, without cohabitation — for at least one year. Conversely, you can file for a fault divorce if your partner commits adultery, a felony, or is guilty of marital misconduct.

Divorce in Virginia generally falls into two categories — uncontested or contested.

Uncontested Divorce

In an uncontested divorce, spouses mutually agree on the essential terms of the divorce. A separation agreement must also be established to outline key terms of the divorce settlement, including asset division, spousal support, child support, and child custody. All agreed-upon terms will be filed with the Virginia court for official approval.

Contested Divorce

In a contested divorce, both spouses are unable to agree on one or more key items in the divorce settlement. Court intervention may be required to settle divorce issues. During the hearing, the judge will issue the divorce order. An experienced attorney can help present your case and improve your chances of a favorable arrangement.


Spousal support is a regular payment from the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse for a period during or after the divorce. In Virginia, the divorcing spouses may agree on the duration and amount of spousal support payments and include it in their separation agreement. If they are unable to agree, the court may award spousal support depending on the economic circumstances and the needs of either spouse.

Children and Divorce

In a divorce, child custody and support are essential issues that need to be addressed. The court will award custody while prioritizing the child's best interests and welfare.

Child Custody

In determining custody, the following factors are often considered (Virginia Code Section 20-124.3):

  • The reasonable preference of the child

  • The child's needs

  • The age, physical health, and mental condition of the child

  • The age, physical health, and mental condition of each parent

  • The existing relationships between the child and the parents, siblings, peers, and extended family members

  • The role of each parent in the upbringing and care of the child

  • The ability of each parent to actively support the child's contact and relationship with the other parent

  • The willingness of each parent to maintain a close and ongoing relationship with the child

  • The ability of each parent to cooperate and resolve disputes regarding matters affecting the child

  • Any history of family abuse, child abuse, neglect, abandonment, sexual abuse, or domestic violence

  • Other factors as considered necessary by the court

Child Support

The following factors may be considered to determine a fair amount in child support payments (Virginia Code Section 20-108.1):

  • The earning capacity or income of each parent

  • The custodial arrangement between the parents

  • The number of children the parents have together

  • The existence of minor children outside of the relationship either parent is responsible for financially

  • Other expenses related to taking care of the child

Choose a Knowledgeable Attorney

Resolving family legal issues usually involves a lot of complicated procedures. Consulting with a knowledgeable Virginia family law attorney is important to receive proper guidance and to ensure that your family issues are resolved properly.

Attorney E. Gordon Peters is highly experienced and knowledgeable in family legal matters, including marital agreements, divorce, spousal support, child support, custody, and parenting time. As your attorney, Gordon will work meticulously with all parties involved to resolve all family issues and relationship differences as quickly and peacefully as possible.

Whether you're looking to create a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, file for divorce, or establish an alimony arrangement, Gordon can offer you the experienced guidance you need to make informed decisions. Even if you need to establish a parenting plan, including child custody, support, or a visitation schedule, he will help craft a solution that works best for you and your family. Gordon will fight to protect your rights and your family's best interests.


If you need guidance in family legal matters, contact E. Gordon Peters, Jr., Attorney at Law, today to schedule a consultation. Attorney E. Gordon Peters will evaluate your situation and offer you the experienced legal counsel and support need. Gordon proudly serves clients across Lynchburg and Blackstone, Virginia, and the surrounding counties of Charlotte County, Campbell County, and Nottoway County.