Divorce, Custody & Family Law

For over 20 years, I have devoted the bulk of my practice to divorce (including military divorce),  child custody and family law.  I have helped people through emotional, practical, and legal issues arising from divorce, where either military rules apply, or custody of a child or children is involved. 

There are no easy approaches to divorce, but there are ways to make a difficult path easier.  

From our initial meeting, I offer practical information and tools so that we can present the best possible divorce case, and the best possible solution for each divorce issue, especially fair child custody. 

The good news is that nearly all divorce cases settle, even though they are often distressing in the beginning. 

Mediation and judicial settlement conferences before retired judges have been very successful.  A mediator has no power to make rulings about your case, but a mediator‘s role is to try to help the parties reach a compromise regarding property, money division and child custody.  Sometimes a compromise cannot be made on certain issues, and with those issues preparation and experience are the keys to success.  Please contact me, and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

My services include the following:

(i) Divorce;
(ii) Collaborative Divorce;
(iii) Military Divorce;
(iv) Child Custody;
(v) Child Support;
(vi) Spousal Support;
(vii) Emergency Protective Orders;
(viii) Children in Need of Services (CHINS);
(ix) Juvenile Criminal Law;
(x) Paternity;
(xi) Taxes; and
(xii) Credit Issues

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I welcome any comments or requests you may have, please use the form below to contact me.

However, please understand that to avoid possible conflicts of interest, I cannot answer e-mail legal questions.  

For example, conflicting parties could contact me asking for advice in the same dispute.   This would be regarded as a conflict of interest.

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The Law Offices of Ralph E. Nichols are conveniently located at 

638 Independence Parkway, Suite 240

Chesapeake, VA  23320

(In the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake)

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