Family Law Cases

This section does not contain a complete listing of Virginia family law cases. Additional, previously decided cases are added on a regular basis, as are newly decided cases. Raynor & Farmer, P.C. exercises editorial discretion with regard to the cases and the individual points of law from those cases that it lists here.

Links to the actual text of many cases cited herein are available by clicking on the individual case names. However, only those opinions issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia since June 9, 1995, published opinions issued by the Virginia Court of Appeals since May 2, 1995, and unpublished opinions issued by the Virginia Court of Appeals since March 5, 2002 are available online at no cost to the public. Links to the actual text of cases decided by the respective Courts prior to those dates are therefore not available here.

Chapter 1.......................... Marriage

  • This section focuses on the formation and creation of a marriage within the state of Virginia, as well as, when Virginia courts have ruled that a marriage is void or null from its inception.

Chapter 2.......................... Termination of the Marriage

  • This section focuses primarily on divorce and its many aspects: grounds for divorce, jurisdiction of divorce, types of divorce, and defenses to divorce.

Chapter 3.......................... Children

  • This section addresses the family law areas of adoption, custody, parental rights over a child, paternity, guardianship, and tortious interference.

Chapter 4.......................... Support - Child and Spousal

  • This section focuses on both child and spousal support and provides more detail on the topic of support generally. It also addresses the many facets of child support and spousal support (alimony) as well as the topic of separate maintenance.

Chapter 5.......................... Property Distribution

  • This section demonstrates how Virginia courts have ruled regarding the distribution of a couple’s real and personal property, taking into account how the couple or individual within the couple obtained and maintained the property. This section also demonstrates how Virginia courts have ruled regarding the distribution of financial as well as other assets.

Chapter 6.......................... Agreements

  • This section addresses the many types and enforceability of agreements which can be created and agreed to by spouses such as pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and the various terms which can be included within them. This section also contains many concepts from the area of contracts law.

Chapter 7.......................... Evidence

  • This section addresses the admissibility and inadmissibility of evidence in a family law legal proceeding. This section also covers specific topics including hearsay, expert opinions, witnesses, and parol evidence among many others.

Chapter 8.......................... Litigation Procedure and Law

  • This section deals with the vast topic of how a court case, dealing with family law matters, proceeds through the Virginia legal system. It also addresses specific steps in the process including notice, remand, appeal, and error among many others, as well as, broader concepts of Virginia family law and how those concepts have been applied in prior cases.

Chapter 9.......................... Miscellaneous

  • This section addresses the less common issues and areas of law which arise during family law proceedings.
Table of Cases Cited