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  1. Divorce & Separation: 60%
    25 years
  2. Child Support: 15%
    25 years
  3. Child Custody: 15%
    25 years
  4. Family: 5%
  5. Mediation: 5%


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Wolcott Rivers Gates

301 Bendix Road
Suite 500
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452


VAAuthorized to practice law199009/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2011 Leader in the LawVirginia Lawyers Weekly2011
Super Lawyer Family Law 2006-2011Super Lawyers2011
Legal Eite Family Law 2001-04, 2006-11Virginia Business Magazine2011
One of the Top 25 Women Attorneys in VirginiaVirginia Business Magazine2009
One of the Top 23 Women Attorneys in VirginiaVirginia Business Magazine2008
One of the Top 25 Women Attorneys in VirginiaVirginia Business Magazine2007
Legal Elite ADRVirginia Business Magazine2005
One of Hampton Roads Outstanding Professional WomenHampton Roads2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWolcott Rivers Gates1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia State Bar Professionalism CourseFaculty member2011 - Present
I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of CourtMaster2011 - Present
Virginia Law FoundationFellow2010 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2010 - Present
Virginia Family Law CoalitionChair2009 - Present
Virginia Bar AssocationCommittee on Professionalism2007 - 2008
Virginia Law Foundation CLE CommitteeMember2006 - 2010
National Center for Family LawBoard of Governors2005 - Present
Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st CenturyJudicial Functions Task Force member2005 - 2006
Virginia State Bar, Family Law SectionChair Board of Govnernors2005 - 2006
Virginia Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2005 - 2008
Virginia Bar Association, Domestic Relations SectionChair2003 - 2003
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationPresident2002 - 2003
Virginia State Bar, Family Law SectionMember2001 - Present
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationJ&D Liaison Committee member1999 - 2001
Family Law Organization of Greater Hampton RoadsPresident1997 - 1997
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationDirector1996 - 2000
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Robbins v. Robbins, 48 Va. App. 466Reversed and Remanded to my client's benefit
Westfall v. Westfall, 08 Va. Unp 0067071Affirmed trial court's ruling in my client's favor
Wesner v. Wesner, 05 Va. unp. 2433041Affirmed trial court's ruling in my client's favor
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Virginia LawyerThe Role of the Guardian Ad Litem in Custody Cases2002
The Colonial LawyerThe Future of Surrogacy in Virginia1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
27th Annual Advanced Family Law SeminarIs Fault Dead?2011
25th Annual Advanced Family Law SeminarPendente Lite Hearings in the Context of 20-1032009
24th Annual Advanced Family Law SeminarDefined and Undefined Duration Spousal Support Awards2008
23rd Annual Advanced Family Law SeminarMind Games:Getting into the Mind of the Forensic Mental Heatlh Expert2007
Family Law SeminarUniform Interstate Family Support Act2001
Family Law SeminarEthical Considerations in ADR for Family Law2000
Annual MeetingAdvocacy in Mediation1999