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|Super Lawyer Family Law 2006-2011||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Legal Eite Family Law 2001-04, 2006-11||Virginia Business Magazine||2011|
|One of the Top 25 Women Attorneys in Virginia||Virginia Business Magazine||2009|
|One of the Top 23 Women Attorneys in Virginia||Virginia Business Magazine||2008|
|One of the Top 25 Women Attorneys in Virginia||Virginia Business Magazine||2007|
|Legal Elite ADR||Virginia Business Magazine||2005|
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|Westfall v. Westfall, 08 Va. Unp 0067071||Affirmed trial court's ruling in my client's favor|
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|24th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar||Defined and Undefined Duration Spousal Support Awards||2008|
|23rd Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar||Mind Games:Getting into the Mind of the Forensic Mental Heatlh Expert||2007|
|Family Law Seminar||Uniform Interstate Family Support Act||2001|
|Family Law Seminar||Ethical Considerations in ADR for Family Law||2000|
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Posted by anonymous
When I was faced with a difficult divorce, my personal lawyer and friend recommended Cheshire to me. I had interviewed several other lawyers, including some "bulldog" lawyers who would "fight to get me everything I wanted".
Personally, I believe more in the power of honest negotiation rather then overt confrontation... it ultimately works out better for everyone. And where children are involved, I did not want to further amplify a hostile situation.
When I interviewed Cheshire, I was immediately put at ease with her countenance, and was very impressed with her experience and knowledge of the law. I felt she had a very practical approach to what I could and could not expect during the process. Her credentials and her legal background were superb. During the entire process her approach was strong and decisive, yet with class rather than crass.
When the inevitable difficult moments arose during the process, Cheshire always seem to find time for a quick email or phone call to help me get through it, and her responsiveness in this way was exceptional. To this day I am very grateful for her guidance during these very stressful times. Her advice was immediate and invaluable.
At the end of the ordeal, we both felt we had reached a favorable outcome and I know that I was extremely well represented by one of the best.
Simply stated, I would enthusiastically and unequivocally recommend Cheshire as a divorce or family attorney. Having Cheshire in your corner may likely be the best move you could make.
Posted by anonymous
I recently went through a divorce which was very difficult for me as a man with children. Cheshire represented me in the case and worked with me throughout the case making me aware of every step along the way. She was respectful, honest and to the point in a way I needed her to be in helping me to make decisions that were in the best interest of my children, ex wife and me. She was very clear in her directions at all times and was an excellent listener to my feelings and ideas. She was able to formulate communication back to me in a way that best helped me understand the legal system and what would be expected along the way. Although I understood a lot from a financial standpoint I did not understand anything from the legal system for which I counted on her years of legal advice in divorce and custody situations. She helped me to understand difficult ambiguous situations from a court's perspective while also standing firm on facts that were obvious in being fair to all parties involved. I really appreciated how timely she was in doing things on my behalf throughout the proceedings and when she knew it might be a few days before she would be able to complete things she told me all along the way so I would not be left to wonder where we were at in the process. She helped me not to have tunnel vision on certain things but kept me focused on the big picture which in my case was being able to have custody for more than just every other weekend. She fought on my behalf with passion and wisdom that was very clear throughout the proceedings that she knew how to be much better prepared than others. Although I did not always like what I heard and felt was unfair by the legal system I also appreciated more than anything hearing the truth about expectations so that I could make the best decisions at all times for every party involved. I could not have made it through the long ordeal that came with going through a divorce without her and her depth of knowledge, experience, wisdom and sensitivity to all issues involved. I felt that she really cared for me also throughout the entire process and felt like she was so responsive to what I told her that I was looking for in helping me formulate the most reasonable outcome based on the situation. In the end I got the most priceless thing that I wanted which was more custody of my children. She knew this was most important to me and fought by my side with such integrity and perseverance that helped me emotionally stay intact and focused on completing the process in the most timely and efficient manner as possible. I would recommend her for anyone that is looking for someone to fight honestly by your side while at all times fully giving you all the details and the truth of possible expectations all along the way (whether good or bad). You will not go wrong nor regret your decision of having her represent you all along the way. She is the best!!!!!
Posted by anonymous
Chesire is so highly regarded! She was actually recommended to me by my previous attorney who has used her. His words were, "you won't find anybody better in the state of Virginia at this." I trusted him, but wasn't sure if she could be that good. Well, she is that good!!! I wish I would have gone to her years ago. She and her legal assistant are professional, honest, direct, knowledgable, respected, and on and on.
I can't tell you that she can get you exactly what you want. And she is such a pro she will tell you that. I will say this, if she can't do it, then it's not in the best interest and it can't be done. Howver, we were able to succeed in the best interest of my daughter because Chesire knew the statutes, guidelines, etc better than anyone else involved and was not afraid to use them. So many people would've thought that I didn't have a chance being the dad. However, I knew enough myself to know that, in the right hands, I definately could "win" for my child. Chesire is the attorney you need when you need to be in the right hands. I just can't say enough. All you have to do is "google" her name and you will see the credentials and expertise she has. Just look at her rating on this site, it's hard to find another attorney with that. Don't waste your time or money somewhere else. Get the best right away.