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Kimberly Hughes Phillips

Divorce and separation Attorney at Norfolk, VA

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kimberly

Learn Kimberly’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    Child custody cases are handled with the utmost care and concern. As a certified guardian ad litem as well as a Family Law attorney, I guide my clients through the legal process and educate them regarding the statutory best interest factors.

  2. Divorce and separation
    I focus on the area of Family Law with a mind towards helping families move forward with matters such as divorce, equitable distribution, spousal support, child support, child custody and parenting time/visitation and adoptions.

    19 years

  3. Adoption
    Parental placement adoptions, Step-parent adoptions (contested and uncontested), Close Relative adoptions, International adoptions.

    19 years

As an attorney that focuses solely on family law, I am committed to helping my clients move forward with the changing needs of their families. Since I am a life-long military dependent, I am very familiar with the military lifestyle be it adjusting to frequent moves and changes of duty assignments, military benefits, retirement issues and the like. I relate to my military clients in a way that breeds confidence that I understand and appreciate their unique needs.

For my business owning clients, I recognize their driven personalities and creativity and can match their energy to help achieve their goals in the most efficient way forward.

I provide unique value to my clients in that I am relatable, have a diverse background, and spot issues quickly. Specializing in family law has provided the opportunity to focus my business and practice area. I have developed and taught continuing education courses to other attorneys, mentored younger attorneys, taught at the university level, and have participated on panel discussions as well as guest speaker.

I chose family law as a natural progression of my diverse life experiences. Upon the return to the Hampton Roads area after my spouse retired from the military, I was drawn to use my experiences to aid other families whose lives were changing. As a native of Hampton Roads, a business owner, military dependent, and mother, I am a driven, results oriented, highly ethical, and down to earth attorney wanting to make a difference.

Attorney specializing in the field of Family Law, including divorce, complex equitable distribution, child custody, spousal and child support, and adoptions. Certified as a guardian ad litem for juveniles.

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Phillips and Peters
109 E. Main Street.
Suite 600
Norfolk, VA, 23510

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Posted by Kevin Frater | May 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs. Phillips is an Excellent Lawyer!!!
I needed a lawyer that would listen to me . I was going through a custody issue with my ex-wife. I tried to explain my issues with other attorneys and they stated it was too complicated. I was about to give up until a friend of mine who is a lawyer told me that the best person to go to if I wanted to stand a chance of winning was Kimberly Phillips. I told her my story and all the issues that I was having. She told me that she understood what I was going through and knew exactly what to do to help me with my situation. I hired her because I knew that she really wanted to help me. Her actions spoke louder than her words. She always contacted me continuously to keep me up to date at all times on what direction we were headed. I never had to wonder what was going on. She was always available to answer all my questions. She is very honest. She always showed concern. It seems as if she never stop working. She made me feel that I was her only client. I appreciated her kindness and her patience. Mrs. Phillips explained legal terms to me in a way that I could understand it. Mrs. Phillips did endless research on my case and was able to discover things about my ex-wife that I didn't know. In court, Mrs Phillips STOOD HER ground. I was very impressed. She is very good. If it wasn't for Mrs.Phillips, I would not have won custody of my son. I can not thank her enough. I have never met anyone like her. She is the BEST.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2017
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Outstanding Divorce Attorney
I rarely, if ever, write reviews, but had to make an exception for Kimberly Hughes Phillips. She is a true professional and she represented me well, in a very difficult case. Mrs. Phillips worked tirelessly to make sure my concerns were heard in court, regarding my concerns about my children. Her hard work enabled me to obtain primary and legal custody of my children. She thoroughly listened to my case and did her best to make sure that all of my expectations in the case were met. Her staff is also fantastic. Would definitely recommend Kimberly Hughes Phillips.
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Posted by Shaun | February 21, 2017
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Contested Divorce
Ms. Phillips and her staff provided practical advice that kept the anxiety of the unknown at bay. Her solid foundation of experience led to a fair and equitable result of a tumultuous divorce. The staff always made themselves available to assist. Concerns about costs were important and I always felt confident that the most efficient steps were taken to minimize expenses. I have already referred other friends and family to this firm. Many thanks to Kim, Lisa, Leine and Tammy for the kind words and guidance during these most difficult times.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2014
Outstanding attorney
Without reservation I wholeheartedly recommend this attorney. Involved in a difficult divorce, Ms. Phillips provided me excellent counsel and guidance. I could not have been more pleased with her efforts and dedication. I am thankful for everything she has done for me and have never regretted calling her, and asking her to represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2013
Great Attorney
Great job! Very pleased with the outcome of my case. It was a long and trying battle! Kim never gave up and continued to encourage me to hang in there. The outcome was exactly wanted I wanted for my family.
Posted by Tony | February 20, 2013
Mrs. Phillips fought hard for me to gain full custody of my boys - a Thankful Dad!
I hired Kimberly Phillips to help with my divorce and child custody agreement. I had previously been to another local attorney that basically said there was nothing I could do and I just had to go with the State of Virginia guidelines. My wife has a severe substance abuse problem and we have been in and out of therapy, she has been in treatment several times over the past 10 years and has just steadily declined. Our two boys have witnessed their mother in ways no child should ever have to. I realized I had to leave her and remove my children from this environment. I was at our weekly therapy session with my children for family's of an addict and a lady in the waiting room was talking to her mother about her attorney Kim Phillips. I asked was she local and she handed me her card. She said she was an excellent attorney. I made an appointment with her the next day. She was able to fit me right in and go over the many options I never knew I had. I could not believe I almost went with the attorney I first met with that told me I had no options as a man in Virginia and was told its a woman's state. Boy was I wrong! Thank you so much Mrs. Phillips for going the extra mile for me and my boys. I won full custody and could have never done it without her help! Mrs. Phillips knows the law inside and out and wants the best for her clients and will fight until she gets it.
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Posted by Robin | February 20, 2013
Highly Recommend
Mrs. Phillips not only helped me through my divorce but also my custody battle as well. Her remarkable knowledge & empathy was surpassed! She was extremely trustworthy & urgently kept me informed every step of the way! I have & will continue to refer Kimberly Phillips. She ultimately saved my life!!!
Posted by Sue | February 19, 2013
Outstanding Attorney
Mrs. Phillips is a very competent, smart and aggressive attorney. She fought very hard for me and won my case. She also understands military law, which is a plus. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a "bulldog" for an attorney. She's awesome!!
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2013
Excellent Firm and Staff
Kim is well worth the amount I paid for her services. She handled my separation and got me into court in a timely manner. She is extremely professional and knows her stuff. She tells you exactly how it is and not just what you want to hear.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2013
Mrs. Phillips is a very competent lawyer and always looked out for my best interests as a her client. I fully trusted her to be honest and explain my legal position and to give me good advice. She was worth every penny.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2013
Fabulous Attorney
Kim is wonderful attorney who takes the time to listen to her clients. She does not put up with the antics of other attorneys and this makes her very successful in litigation. I appreciate everything Kim has done for both myself and my family.
Posted by DONOTUSE | April 18, 2012
She is an incompetent lawyer. I had a better understanding of the issues and I'm a pipefitter. She is also a fee generating machine. It cost me 10 times what it should have.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Phillips & Peters, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly
  • 2005 - 2010


  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Campbell University
  • Master in Education
  • 1995
  • Old Dominion University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988


  • Susan G. Komen, Tidewater
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • 2018 - Present
  • LEAD Hampton Roads
  • Class Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
  • Trustee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Chesapeake Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer - Adoption, Marital and Family Law
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2017
  • Service Excellence Award
  • Norfolk Public Schools
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
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  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law News
  • Divorce Counterclaims: Not a Horse of a Different Color
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Parental Alienation: Is it a syndrome, or simply poor parenting?
  • Parental Alienation
  • 2016
  • GAL: Practical and Principled Representation of a Child's Best Interests
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training
  • 2015
  • Military Retirement Benefits and Family Law Issues
  • Military Benefits
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
Endorse Kimberly
Child custody Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kim Phillips is a very dedicated and thorough attorney who commits the time to prepare in advance for matters in court. Her team is equally as thorough."
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Phillips is a very well respected family law attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"To those considering hiring Ms. Phillips, you should. I have been opposing counsel to Ms. Phillips numerous times and she is always been prepared, works diligently in her client's best interest and does an excellent job. She is willing to seek common ground when it is available but is not shy about advocating her client's position if a settlement is not possible. She is one of the few "go to" attorneys in the area."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I will endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Philips for some time and she is not only a strong advocate for her clients, but she is a fair and unbiased guardian ad litem. She assesses the facts in light of the statutory factors and makes a recommendation. She is very prepared and well-spoken in and out of court. I highly recommend Ms. Phillips."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim Phillips is a highly skilled attorney who passionately represents her clients. She is very knowledgeable and well respected in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim Phillips is a highly skilled attorney who tenaciously represents her clients. She is very well respected in the legal community. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kimberly. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Her legal knowledge and passion are the quintessential factors that every client wants and needs in their attorney. She is the best in what she does."
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Norfolk Divorce and separation Lawyer Kimberly Hughes Phillips
Kimberly Hughes Phillips
Divorce and separation Attorney
Norfolk, VA
Licensed for 18 years