Show Causes for child support arrears: When to file?

Posted on February 26, 2011 in Child Support, Divorce, Family Law

Unfortunately, there are people who refuse to pay child support even though it has been ordered by a court and even though their child or children are in need of support.This is a reality that every family law attorney addresses at some point or another (and many of us find it necessary to address this issue more often than we would like).

CASA Superhero Run

Posted on February 20, 2011 in General News

Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes.
On April 9, 2011, Chesterfield CASA and Henrico CASA will be having their 2011 Superhero Run. The Run features a Kids’ Run and Family Fun Activities. It will be over a flat, fast 5-kilometer course at the historic campus of St.


Posted on February 06, 2011 in General News

I recently read “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men” by Michael Kimmel and highly recommend it.
Kimmel discusses the modern world of boys and young men. His basic premise is that there is a new developmental stage for males between ages 16 and 26. Historically, men would assume the responsibilities of work,

Spiders Signing Day Delivered by Owen & Owens

Posted on February 02, 2011 in General News

The University of Richmond Spiders broadcast its football National Signing Day thanks to a sponsorship by Owen & Owens. For more information on the 2011 class, click here.

“Sole legal custody”…anyone? anyone?

Posted on January 31, 2011 in Child Custody & Visitation, Family Law

During every initial consultation involving custody and visitation disputes, I always explain to the potential client that there are two different types of custody: (1) legal custody, and (2) physical custody. I then attempt to define each type of custody. Routinely, I find myself uttering some variation of the following: “legal custody describes a parent’s legal ability to make the "big"

The Collaborative Approach to Conflict Resolution

Posted on January 30, 2011 in Child Custody & Visitation, Child Support, Divorce

In November, I attended the Basic Collaborative Team Training. I came away from the training excited about this relatively new approach to help clients resolve their differences.
Collaborative Law is an approach to conflict resolution which seeks to avoid the emotional and financial costs of litigation while giving each party the maximum information and input needed to reach an agreement.

Owen & Owens Sponsors Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce annual awards celebration

Posted on January 28, 2011 in General News

Owen & Owens is proud to be one of the sponsors for the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner. The 2011 Chamber Board of Directors will be inducted and awards for Business of the Year and Member of the Year will be presented, along with a presentation of DuPont’s Community Heroes awards.

When is a revocable living trust a “good idea?”

Posted on January 25, 2011 in General News

Many of my potential estate planning clients come into their consultation determined that they need a revocable inter vivos trust (also referred to as a “revocable living trust”). Sometimes they are correct—based upon their financial, family, and/or personal circumstances, a revocable trust is a prudent, well-advised choice. However, on many occasions,

Amy Hensley Joins Owen & Owens

Posted on November 03, 2010 in General News

The law firm of Owen & Owens, PLC is pleased to announce that Amy E. Hensley has joined the firm. She will practice in the areas of criminal defense, domestic relations, civil litigation and real estate.
Hensley is a recent graduate of William & Mary School of Law where she served as a member of the Honor Council and was a member of the William &

Jace Padden appointed to Board of Chesterfield CASA

Posted on October 01, 2010 in General News

Jace Padden has been named to the Board of Directors for the Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to speak up for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. They work one-on-one with children to assist the courts in making sure each child has a safe,