Laura Dove has exclusively practiced family law for 10 years. She has extensive... more
Laura Dove has exclusively practiced family law for 10 years. She has extensive experience managing cases involving complex assets, high-wealth estates and the valuation of closely held businesses, partnerships, and professional entities. She has handled a diverse range of family law matters, including cases involving international and inter-state divorces and custody disputes, and she has co... view profile
Sean P. Schmergel, the Immediate Past President of the Alexandria Bar Association,... more
Sean P. Schmergel, the Immediate Past President of the Alexandria Bar Association, is a native of New York and has resided in Northern Virginia for over 24 years. He currently lives with his family in Arlington, Virginia.Mr. Schmergel co-founded Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC in 2004 with an aim towards helping individuals with their often overwhelming domestic cases. Mr. Schmergel's practice is t... view profile
My father opened his firm as a sole practitioner over 20 years ago and my brother... more
My father opened his firm as a sole practitioner over 20 years ago and my brother and I joined him a decade later. We are fortunate to continue to work as a team and support each other in many ways. A client of mine is our family's client as well.
If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents share the right to make decisions on behalf of the children. If you as parents are unable to agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you.
Child Custody Lawyers in cities near Arlington, VA