Alimony or Spousal Support

Alimony or Spousal Support is a part of many divorce cases in which the rules are vague and the judge has a wide degree of discretion.  As a general rule, spousal support is available without regard to how long the parties have been married: in some cases, it may be awarded for a marriage of […]

Division of Marital Property

Division of Marital Property is governed by a principle called “equitable distribution.”  The idea is to identify and value all of the property the parties have acquired during the time they have been married and then achieve a division of that property that is fair or “equitable” (which does not necessarily mean “equal”).  When it […]

Child Custody and Support

Child Custody and Support can be the most difficult part of a divorce case because it may be the most important part of a divorce case.  The law encourages parents to try to agree on the custody arrangements that make the most sense for the children and for the parents.  The law also cares less […]

The Grounds for Divorce

The Grounds for Divorce are the legal reasons a court can allow you to dissolve the marriage contract you made with your spouse.  These grounds, or legal reasons, fall into two categories: fault-based and no-fault divorces.  As a general rule, a fault-based divorce such as cruel and inhuman treatment, habitual drunkenness, or adultery, requires more […]


Discrimination is also another general phrase that is used to describe workplace conduct that is directed against someone in a “protected class” because of that person’s protected characteristics (e.g., gender, race, religion, national origin, etc.).  There are no laws that say employers have to treat all of their employees the same.  There are all kinds of […]

Wrongful Discharge

Wrongful Discharge is a phrase that covers many kinds of illegal employer conduct that results in the loss of someone’s job.  It could be because you filed a workers’ compensation claim and they fired you when you could not return to work; it could be because you resisted your boss’s sexual advances; it could be because […]

Wage Cases

Wage Cases are those cases that come under the minimum wage, maximum hours and wage payment laws designed to ensure working people are paid in full and in accordance with overtime requirements.  If you think you are not being paid the required minimum wage; if you think you are wrongly being denied overtime pay when you […]

How do I decide who I should hire as my family court lawyer?

Most lawyers who regularly practice in family court will have a basic understanding of the laws that apply in family court.  The rules that decide issues in a family court case are also relatively simple (for example, the division of marital property should be relatively equal).  If most lawyers know most of these basic rules […]

How do I hire a lawyer to represent me in family court?

Finding the right lawyer is not easy.  This may seem like an easy question but there are several different answers to it.  Most lawyers now advertise or, at least, have some kind of Internet presence (a Google search for “Divorce lawyers in WV” returns over 23,000,000 hits).  Information is your most important tool in deciding […]