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John Simpson Moss

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fredericksburg, VA

4.2   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2005
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Hampden Sydney College, B.A. (Political Science) 2002

Cumberland School of Law of Sanford University, Juris Doctor, 2005, Cum Laude

American Journal of Trial Advocacy- Articles Editor
Membership: Virginia State Bar, Fredericksburg Bar Association

Employment History:

Law Clerk-Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP- 2004-2005

Associate- Scott, Van Lear & Payne, LLP- 2005-2006

Associate- Rinehart, Butler, Hodge & Moss, PLC- 2006-2008

Partner- Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, PLC- 2008-2021

Partner- Butler Hodge Moss, PLC – 2021-present

Practice Areas: Domestic Relations, Divorce, Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support, Family Law, Criminal Defense


Client's Choice 2022
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4.2 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jeff | August 16, 2022
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Complicated Divorce
John offered great council while dealing with my divorce. The emotions from all sides can sway your thinking and approach. John was brilliant in knowing when to be aggressive but also when to show compassion. Realizing that all sides have a point of view and acknowledging that during the heat of negotiations was extremely valuable. My divorce was complicated with the other party using multiple opposing councils during the process to muddy the facts and to extend the cost. With every new attorney on the opposing side John was able to provide the detail and rational for the decisions that were made during mediation and finally in the court. John is extremely well versed in the law governing divorce while applying the practically to achieve positive outcomes. This approach saved thousands in fees while achieving a balanced outcome. One of the most difficult times of my life John was able to bring order to chaos and allow me to move on to a far better place. I was truly blessed in having John represent me along with his team.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2022
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JOHN MOSS is a top notch lawyer who goes above and beyond for his clients. My daughter needed a lawyer to combat some allegations from her former boyfriend. He asked the hard questions and proved in court that she was not guilty. Thanks John!
Posted by Tiffany | July 8, 2022
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Let me just start by saying that John is amazing at his job. I would HIGHLY recommend ANYONE to retain Mr. Moss as their counsel. My case was very tumultuous and John made me feel so safe and taken care of. The genuine care that he displayed was beyond anything I could have asked for. I truly believe he was made for me and my specific case. John was able to do everything that I asked and the outcome of my case was EXACTLY what I wanted. Thank you so much John!
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Posted by Renee | June 23, 2022
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John Moss is superb in the courtroom
Do you need a caring, yet highly skilled lawyer to represent you in a divorce matter? John Moss remembers even the smallest of details that will ensure that truth and justice will prevail in your case. I highly recommend Mr. Moss for all family law matters.
Posted by Sean | May 10, 2022
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Great service
I came to John on an emergency situation when my previous attorney found themselves in a conflict of Interest. John took my case and immediately went to work successfully saving what I thought was a dire situation. John and his team have been phenomenal point blank and simple. He’s always been available to provide consistent guidance and recommendations that are best suited for success in court. He also makes a valiant effort to protect my costs at all times which is extremely rare these days and certainly appreciated. I would give 6 stars if I could!
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2022
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Solid advocate
John cuts through the fog of what for many people can be a tragic time in their life. Not only representing his clients as a true advocate with solid legal counsel, but fighting for them.
Posted by Valerie | April 11, 2022
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Worth every penny
Mr. Moss has represented me four different times, over the course of nine years thus far. He has represented several of our acquaintances and family friends, as well. To this date, he has yet to disappoint. He is by far the best family court lawyer one could hire. If you want someone who will both represent you and win, this is your guy. He never fails to impress, and will remain our family’s lawyer, until he tells us otherwise.
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Posted by Jane | April 9, 2022
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When life handed me the unexpected, I can honestly say I never realized initially how crucial selecting the right attorney would be. I would not be where I am today without an attorney like John Moss. His knowledge, expertise, and experience in practicing Virginia family law landed me the results my kids and I deserved. I trusted John’s guidance. He managed my expectations above and beyond every step of the way and did so despite the emotional toll of the situation. I not only recommend attorney John Moss, but I guarantee once you have used his services you too will look no further. There is no other attorney that will work as hard for you. And most importantly, John Moss wins cases!
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2022
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More than just an attorney, also a friend!
John’s representation is truly unmatched. His ability to navigate complex legal matters as well as domestic differences puts him in a league of his own. He provides exceptional rational, both for his clients and the Court alike. His abilities, professionalism and friendly manner are certainly above and beyond any expectation.
Posted by Debbie | July 22, 2021
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My strength and hope
When I first met John, I had no hope of any successful outcome for my divorce. I literally had nothing but truth and faith on my side yo see me through the most difficult time of my life. John not only believed in me, he stood up for me and gave me strength to not only survive, but to be better off in the end than I ever thought I would. John was very professional and protective of me and my rights, when dealing with my case. From beginning to end (and beyond) I am forever thankful for having a man like John who fights the good fight and has provided a way for me to walk away from my marriage with my head held high. Thank God I found him!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2013
Mr Moss and his staff are very helpful knowledgeable put you as the client first and get the job done
I was very impressed with the level of service I was provided, both Mr Moss and his staff are focused completely on you as their client, I felt my time was valued, that I was listened to was impressed with the outcome and that the price was reasonable.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2014
Horrible And Unproffesional
He would often forget key components of the case and need to reminded. On many occasions his strategy or knowledge of the law was the polar opposite of what he relayed to me in previous conversations. I would be told he was working on certain documents or points regarding my case that never came to fruition or were finished. Many things that are standard protocol in VA divorce cases were not taken care of when Mr. Moss handled my case.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2022
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Unprofessional. Pushy.
If you're a father looking to get out of paying child support this is your guy! He will allow you to send in nothing but some random numbers typed up from "your business" while dragging the mother all over the ends of the earth to retain any and all of her financial output/input. In the end I was pressured by him and his client to "make signing this a priority" because his client couldn't make it to court.
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Posted by Erin | May 3, 2022
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Not to standard.
I have been hounded by me ex and him trying to find out my address which he was told to do by apparently John Moss, for signing purposes. There are many ways to get a divorce done. But having a crazy spouse, that you know nothing about the situation, you DO NOT ask them to find out the exes address.. unless something happens to my family and this lawyer will be taking blame if anything happens at my home regarding his client.
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Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Moss is a fierce and zealous advocate for his clients. Whether in the courtroom or in negotiations, his knowledge of Virginia family law and procedure makes her invaluable to his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Moss."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John and I have been opposing counsel in a contentious divorce case. During this process, I have had the opportunity to observe John in court, at mediation, and during depositions. At each turn, he has represented his client’s best interest while maintaining a professional and cordial relationship, been responsive and efficient with his time, has shown incredible knowledgable about the Court, judges, and attorneys practicing in Stafford County, Virginia, and has helped craft creative solutions to his clients’ problems. I am happy to recommend him, and especially so in Stafford County."
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Fredericksburg Divorce and separation Lawyer John Simpson Moss
John Simpson Moss
Divorce and separation Attorney
Fredericksburg, VA
Licensed for 18 years