Trends in Family Law

Richmond Divorce Attorney

Comprehensive legal services for Virginia families since 1978

At the Richmond offices of Barnes & Diehl, P.C. , we maintain our respected position as the largest Family Law firm in Virginia by staying abreast of current trends in Family Law practice and integrating these successful strategies into our legal solutions for clients in Richmond and throughout Virginia. In addition, our lawyers are frequently called upon to provide insight to their legal peers, through written articles, lecturing and direct mentoring. Our attorneys have authored numerous articles and opinions on successful family law strategies, only a few of which are offered below:

The lawyers at Barnes & Diehl earn accolades for their work, and their success is evidenced by consistent appearances on the Virginia Super Lawyers list. This year, the firm congratulates Ann Brakke Campfield,  Robert L. Harris Jr.,  John K. Karanian, Michael HuYoung, Harris W. Leiner and Melissa S. VanZile, along with the following attorneys who were named to the Top 100 in Virginia and Top 50 in Richmond: Lawrence D. Diehl and Brian H. Jones. Edward D. Barnes has again been named in the Top 10 in Virginia, as well as the Top 50 in Richmond.  Jennifer Fox was selected to be one out of only five new memebers for the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Inn of Court.

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new office location located in Hanover, Virginia. We are located in the Lockwood Business Center off of Atlee Station Road.

Michael HuYoung has been selected to the Advisory Committee of the Virginia General Assembly's Joint Commission on Technology (JCOTS) studying two legislative bills relating to computer crimes introduced during the 2013 Session and referred to JCOTS for study by the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice and the Committee on Finance.

Michael HuYoung was selected to serve on the working committee charged with deriving a model jury instruction for eyewitness testimony in criminal cases for the Virginia Model Jury Committee for 2013.

Edward Barnes, Lawrence D. Diehl, Ann Brakke Campfield, & Brian H. Jones have been named Best Lawyers' for Family Law,  2012.

We are pleased to announce that  Robert L. Harris has joined our Firm.

Michael HuYoung was named as " Richmond's Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year" for 2012.

Michael HuYoung named a Fellow with the Virginia Law Foundation, 2010.  Appointed Chair-Elect and on the Board of Governors of Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Edward Barnes named as Top 10 Super Lawyers by Richmond Magazine Law & Politics Magazine for Family Law, 2009.

Edward Barnes, Lawrence D. Diehl, Michael HuYoung & Brian H. Jones named as Super Lawyers by Richmond Magazine Law & Politics Magazine for Family Law, 2009.

Lawrence D. Diehl named Leader of the Law Award by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, September, 2009.

Michael HuYoung appointed to the Governor's Task Force, Special Session of the Virginia General Assembly, regarding the decision in the Melendez-Diaz, 129 S. Ct. 2527. Legislation was passed and signed into law.  August, 2009.

Edward Barnes named Family Lawyer of the Year for Richmond by Best Lawyers in America, 2009.

Edward Barnes, Lawrence D. DiehlMichael HuYoungBrian H. Jones named as Virginia Legal Elite 2009 winners by Virginia Business Magazine.

Craig Sampson published an article in the Winter of 2009 for Family Law News titled The Impact of Driving Under the Influence Charges on Visitation. He also published in the Spring of 2009 titled Collateral Consequences of the "Simple" Domestic Assault and Battery.

John K. KaranianHarris W. Leiner named as Rising Stars Super Lawyers by Richmond Magazine's Law & Politics. Winners were selected from 18, 000 votes that were cast from active lawyers in Virginia. July 2008.

Edward Barnes is the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar.

Edward Barnes is National Chairman for The National Center for Family Law at the University of Richmond.  It has been announced that Edward D. Barnes will be teaching the ethics in family law at the University of Richmond starting in January 2009.

Craig Sampson published an article in the Winter of 2007 for Family Law News titled Virginia Domestic Relations Law, Criminal Law and Firearms.

Brian H. Jones and his co-counsel, Chuck Zauzig, obtained a verdict of $1.7 million dollars in Warren County Circuit Court in the matter of Curry v. Marlowe, an automobile accident where our client lost her 8 month gestation fetus, among other injuries. This was the largest verdict in recent memory for Warren County." August, 2007

Edward Barnes , Lawrence D.DiehlBrian H. Jones named as Super Lawyers by Richmond Magazine's Law & Politics. Winners were selected from 19, 000 votes that were cast from active lawyers in Virginia. July 2007.

Edward Barnes , Lawrence D. Diehl &   Michael HuYoung named as Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine, 2007.

Edward Barnes received the University of Richmond School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award for 2006.

Michael HuYoung presented "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Sentences on Non-Citizen Defendants Today" (Judicial Conference for District Court Judges) August, 2006 - Virginia Beach , Virginia.

Edward Barnes named as a Top 50 Super Lawyers by Richmond Magazine's Law & Politics.  Winners were selected from 19, 000 votes that were cast from active lawyers in Virginia.  July, 2006.

Edward Barnes &   Brian H. Jones named as Super Lawyers by Richmond Magazine's Law & Politics.  Winners were selected from 19, 000 votes that were cast from active lawyers in Virginia.  July, 2006.

Michael HuYoung moderated "The Non-Citizen Defendant in the Criminal Justice System:  Special Challenges and Consequences" (VSB's Annual Conference) June, 2006 - Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Edward Barnes was a Judge for the National Trial Advocacy Competition, Sponsored by Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, January, 2006 -- Richmond, Virginia.

John K. Karanian published an article in the Winter 2005 edition of the  Family Law News titled Challenging Expert Testimony About Child Sexual Abuse .

Edward Barnes was interviewed by The Washington Post and quoted on Sunday, December 18, 2005, regarding the possible legal implications of Virginia's Affirmation of Marriage Act.  Mr. Barnes stated "I would eschew the word 'safe' for the moment, contracts such as wills and medical directives aren't really marital documents, and therefore, the law doesn't appear to be aimed at them.  But because the law has not been tested in court, he is advising his gay clients to craft paperwork that plays down any romantic connection to their partners--the opposite of what he told them before the new law passed.  For now, gays and lesbians need to seek out expert legal help and pray that their documents can withstand any potential legal challenge.  Since there's been no interpretation of this law, no one could give an ironclad guarantee that wills and medical directives won't be affected."

Edward Barnes presented Update on the Law: Recent Cases for 2005 (12th Annual Family Law Seminar) at the Montgomery County Bar Association December, 2005 -- Blacksburg, Virginia.

Ann Brakke Campfield presented Update on Case Law and Trends in Equitable Distribution to the Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts on November, 2005 -- Richmond, Virginia.

Edward Barnes presented and was a Panelist at the 6th Annual Tax Conference for the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants at the Omni Hotel on October, 2005. This is an annual tax seminar related to tax issues concerning Divorce, Estate Planning, Individual Tax Update, Buy-Sell Agreements and Business Succession Planning. - Richmond, Virginia.

Michael HuYoung moderated the Dangerous Intersection Ahead: When Criminal and Family Law Collide (VSB's Annual Conference) June, 2005 - Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Edward Barnes moderated the Advanced Family Law Seminar (Virginia State Bar CLE Seminar) at the Jefferson Hotel on May 6, 2005. The CLE was attended by lawyers and Judges from across the state. it was one of the best attended CLE's in the history of this particular CLE program. - Richmond, Virginia.

Edward Barnes presented Experts, Evidence and Ethics in Child Custody Cases (AAML / VACLE Seminar) January, 2005 - Richmond, Virginia.

Edward Barnes presented Update on the Law: Recent Cases 2003-2004 (11th Annual Family Law Seminar) December, 2004 - Blacksburg, Virginia.

Michael HuYoung presented Legal Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner (VTLA's Annual Criminal Law Seminar) September, 2004 - Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk and Fairfax, Virginia.

Edward Barnes presented Update on the Law: Recent Cases 2003-2004 (22nd Annual Family Law Seminar) October, 2004 -Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia.

Edward Barnes moderated the Question and Answer Session on Electronic Evidence Issues.

Michael HuYoung speaker for "Confidentiality & Other Ethical Issues Raised When Using Electronic Evidence, Including Electronic Surveillance. " (Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar) May 7, 2004 - Richmond, Virginia.

Edward Barnes presented What Every Virginia Lawyer Need to Know About Family Law, (MCLE Virginia State Bar) March, 2004- Fairfax, Virginia.

Edward Barnes served on the committee and also presented the Suggest Guidelines and Practices in Domestic Relations Cases for Richmond, Chesterfield and Henri co. (Bench Bar Conference) January, 2004 - Richmond, Virginia.

Edward Barnes presented What All Practitioners Should Know About Divorce, (Midyear Legal Seminar of the Virginia State Bar) Nov. 8-13, 2003 - Scottsdale, Arizona.

Edward Barnes presented Successful Strategies for Your Custody Case, (22nd Annual Family Law Seminar) October 21 - 30, 2003 - Roanoke, Richmond, Norfolk and Fairfax, Virginia.

Buchanan v. Buchanan, Va. S.Ct. - "Wife was an "other person" who "may be" entitled to payment from Husband under the fraudulent conveyance statute".

Commonwealth v. Fletcher - Va. S.Ct. - parent whose "residual parental rights" had been terminated no longer owed a duty of support to her minor children.

U.S. v. Taylor , 8th Cir. - ERISA Plan Proceeds, exclusive property interest.

Griffin v. Griffin, Va. Ct.App. - Non-Parent Visitation.

IAML submits Response to Hague Conference "Questionnaire concerning a new global instrument on the international recovery of child support and other forms of family maintenance"

Osco v. Archuleta, Va. Ct.App. - Contempt of Court, Visitation Order.

Utsch v. Utsch, Va. S.Ct. - Marital Residence, Transfer of Title.

Shaffer v. Shaffer, Va. Ct.App. - Divorce, Cruelty and Constructive Desertion.

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