THE IRVING LAW FIRM BLOG
Fighting For Your Child – An Adoption Story
Fighting For Your Child An Adoption Story How long would you fight for your child? …days, weeks, months, years? How much money would you spend in your battle to protect your [...]
The Catch All Language
The Standards of Proof which a Court must consider in granting an Adoption without the Consent of a birth parent includes standard “catch all” language. That is to say, that [...]
The Detriment Requirement
When Section 63.2-1205 was enacted in 1995, it included language requiring the trial court to consider whether failure to grant the Petition for Adoption would be detrimental to the child. [...]
Doe v. Doe
In the important 2011 case of Copeland v. Todd, the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld the constitutionality of Section 63.2-1205 of the Code of Virginia, which sets out the standards which [...]
The Home Study Requirements
In Copeland v. Todd, the Supreme Court of Virginia pointed out that the standards of proof in contested adoption cases must be read along with eight other factors which the Department of [...]
The Constitutional Rights Of Birth Parents
The Constitutional Rights of Birth Parents are extremely important. Parental Rights are recognized as fundamental rights under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United State Constitution. [...]
Attachment & Bonding
The terms “attachment” and “bonding” are often confused. Attachment refers to a child’s emotional connection to caregivers. Bonding refers to the caregivers’ feelings and connection to the child. Both are [...]
Tax Credit Saved
There is good news for families pursuing adoption. The final version of the tax reform bill before Congress has preserved the adoption tax credit! Also, the employer provided benefits have [...]
Standards Of Proof In Contested Adoptions
While Circuit Courts in Virginia have long had the authority to grant an adoption without the Consents of the Birth Parents of the child, in 1995 the General Assembly adopted [...]
The Requirements Of The Home Study
The agency you select to prepare the Home Study will be primarily concerned about complying with requirements from both the Code of Virginia and regulations issued by the state Department [...]
Choosing The Agency
There are many excellent child placing agencies in Virginia which you may contract with to prepare the Home Study. It will make a difference, however, which one you choose. You [...]
The Home Study
The law requires that a Home Study investigation of the prospective adoptive home be made by a licensed child placing agency. This report will be filed with the court and [...]
What Our Clients Say About Us
Our attorneys will represent you in family, business formation, criminal, personal injury and estate planning matters.
Passionate, Fierce and Meticulous
I don’t normally post things and typically stay to myself, but I felt convicted as someone out there may be going through the same thing that I have- fighting for custody/ visitation of your child and can use some direction. There’s a lot of great attorneys/ firms out there and I have spent the money hiring and/ interviewing, but I needed a meticulous, fierce and dynamic one just to have a fighting chance. From the moment I met Attorney Rebecca Thacher, I knew she was the attorney for me. I didn’t feel like a client, I was family. What’s crazy about this….. My case was on a Monday morning, but because I retained her as my lawyer so late, I didn’t give her my information until almost after 4:00 on that Friday. She understood my plea for help and was absolutely fierce in the courtroom citing all my concerns and raised crucial points. I came out victorious. I’m a father and I know what it’s like for a child to be used as a weapon, with Attorney Rebecca Thacher you are not in this alone so please ask for help and retain her.
He’ll Fight For You In The Court Until You Can’t Fight Anymore
I got charged with a possession charge and couldn’t afford a lawyer at the time, so the court appointed Fernando to my case. Whenever you choose to get a court appointed lawyer you’re always taking a risk. Because you’re one of who knows how many clients the court has given him with the same problems. But, Fernando never made me feel like another “body” he’d do basic work for while moving to the next. He’s sincere, he listens, and genuinely wants his clients to succeed. He’ll fight for you in the court until you can’t fight anymore. He was truly a blessing and a great lawyer.
I Always Felt That She Had My Best Interests At Heart
Angela Morehouse at the Irving Law Firm represented me in my divorce and for the guardianship/conservatorship of my mother. Her and her paralegal are not only professional but thorough in their representation. I always felt that she had my best interests at heart and could count on her and the firm during my most difficult times. I would highly recommend Angela and the firm and wouldn’t hesitate to retain them in the future if the need arises.
He Is Such A Good Lawyer & Will Fight Hard For You
Mr.Irving literally saved my life. He is such a good lawyer and will fight hard for you. His whole staff is also super nice and professional. I was in big trouble and he managed to get my charges dropped down to a lower offence. I really appreciated his direct straight up approach with me, along with his empathy and understanding. I will never use another lawyer again. He really is the best!.
Has Been Fully Engaged In Working My Case From The Moment He Was Assigned!
A fantastic firm. I have used them for both criminal defense and civil law and cannot recommend them enough. For my civil case I was awarded significantly more than I thought I would be getting and it came in a very timely manner. Fernando, who is handling my criminal case, is amazing. He has been fully engaged in working my case from the moment he was assigned. He is trustworthy, provides honest assessments of situations, and has proven himself invaluable to me. In this very trying time he has also shown that he actually cares about my case and it’s outcome. I’m so grateful he’s on my side and I have recommended him to a number of friends and family members. If you need a lawyer this entire firm seems to be absolutely top notch.
He Delivered On Everything He Promised!
Mark B. was amazing! He delivered on everything he promised. He prepared me for worst case scenario and had a great plan from the beginning. Luckily he was able to get all charges dropped. He’s a very busy guy but never made me feel like he rushed anything. I usually do not like dealing with lawyers, but he’s a rare breed. He’s very professional, personable and likable. Best of all he charged me a flat fee up front. I owe that guy everything. Least I could do is leave a great review. I would definitely recommend him, and use his talents again if needed.
Thanks For The Comfort Of Having A Great Law Firm To Lean On!
John Irving and the rest of the team at Irving Law Firm have provided exceptional service for all of my needs on multiple occasions. I would not recommend anyone else. They take the time to explain what will happen, keep you updated, and make sure to provide the best possible help they can. Thanks for the comfort of having a great law firm to lean on!
The Outcome Was Better Than We Could Have Hoped For
John and The Irving Law Firm handled our case with the utmost professionalism and dignity. We are grateful for John’s knowledge and his great reputation in the area. The outcome was better than we could have hoped for and, should we ever have need for legal services again, The Irving Law Firm will be our first call.
The Best Customer Service, Amazing Rates & Knowledge In The Business
John is an amazing lawyer with the experience and knowledge to represent anybody with any issues. I highly recommend the Irving Law Firm to anybody looking for a law firm with the best customer service, amazing rates and knowledge in the business.
Quick To Respond & Are Empathetic To Your Struggles
The attorneys at Irving and Irving are honest, hard-working and will stand by you until your case is closed. They are quick to respond and are empathetic to your struggles. If I ever need an attorney again, they are the only one’s I would trust. Thank you!
Handled My Case Including Guidance Before & During My Time In Court
John and his team are great at what they do. I was pleased at how they handled my case including guidance before and during my time in court. I would recommend them to anyone.
Genuinely Wants His Clients To Succeed & Cares For Their Future
Mark is an outstanding lawyer. He has been nothing but respectful and professional since the day I have met him. He genuinely wants his clients to succeed and cares for their future. I Would definitely recommend him in the future to anybody who’s looking for a lawyer.
When I Say He Fought For Me He Fought For Me!
I want to say this is the best law firm. Mark is the best very professional and outstanding never lied to me was always upfront with me. He stood up for me in court he’s just awesome I can’t say enough about him. I would recommend this law firm to any and everyone that wants good representation. When I say he fought for me he fought for me!!!!! He always was there when I called or emailed if he was a tab bit busy. He knows what he is doing in the courtroom. Thank you so much Mark.
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