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Family Law Attorneys in Charlottesville

family lawyer in CharlottesvilleAt Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz, we understand that your family is your life. When a legal dispute arises threatening some aspect of your rights, or you need to accomplish something involving a complex area of the law, it’s essential that you choose the right law firm to safeguard your interests.

For more than 30 years, our law firm has helped clients just like yourself throughout Central Virginia achieve their goals and meet their legal needs. Our firm’s attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience serving the people of Charlottesville and the surrounding area.

Whether you are going through a divorce, dealing with a child custody issue, seeking to adopt a child, or need help with some other family law matter, we can help. Family law can also intersect with estate planning, real estate, business, and collaborative law.

Charlottesville Divorce Attorneys

You are likely to face a number of challenges at the end of a marriage that require specialized guidance and support. Our experienced Virginia divorce attorneys combine their compassion with their extensive legal knowledge to help you reach solutions to some of the most pressing issues you’re likely to face.

We represent a broad range of clients, handling divorces for military personnel, high-net-worth individuals, as well as contested and uncontested divorce. And, because we know that each situation is unique, we work closely with every client to determine the best legal strategy for divorce, whether it be mediation, collaborative law, uncontested divorce, or litigation.

When seeking a divorce in Virginia, there are rarely quick and easy solutions when your future is on the line. Our law firm is deeply committed to offering the personalized service you need to achieve the best possible result. Our legal team’s capabilities and knowledge cover:

Asset Division

We help divorcing clients equitably and fairly divide marital assets, including real property, retirement assets, stock options, and other items of value. We also assist clients in uncovering hidden assets as well as enlist the help of various experts for business valuation and the assessment of high-value estates.

Child Custody and Visitation

Child custody and visitation are no longer awarded based on the parent’s gender but rather on the best interests of the child. This can mean joint custody that is shared by the parents or divided, physical custody, or some combination of the two.

Our child custody attorneys will take the guesswork out of these cases and help you create a parenting plan that is in your and your child’s best interests. We have extensive experience in working with Child Protective Services and guardian ad litems. When child custody is contested, our firm works with teams of professionals to build the strongest case possible to fight for your parental rights.

Child and Spousal Support

We help clients establish fair and equitable child support and spousal support following divorce. When necessary, we enlist the help of key professionals, such as CPAs and financial advisers, to identify assets and ensure that the parties paying or receiving support are able to maintain the financial stability they need.

Post-Divorce Modifications

Once custody and support orders are put in place, they may not be set in stone. If there are material changes in conditions, we can help parents petition for or contest requests for post-divorce modifications.

Enforcing Court Orders

Often, the final judgment isn’t the end of family law issues for many of our clients. When an ex-spouse or your child’s legal parent fails to comply with a court order, our firm will diligently seek enforcement through the appropriate legal measures.

Comprehensive Family Law Support in Central Virginia

The family law attorneys at Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz have decades of experience helping clients work through issues that can be clouded by emotions. Our goal is always an amicable settlement outside the courtroom, but we have the resources and skills to represent your interests in even the most contentious situations. Our comprehensive family law practice covers the most common types of cases our clients are likely to face:

Premarital Agreements

Prior to your marriage, our law firm can create a prenuptial agreement that specifies your obligations and rights in the unfortunate event of a divorce. If you are already married, we can help you draft a postnuptial agreement.

Separation Agreements

In some situations, it may be better for couples to remain legally married but live separate lives. Our law firm can help construct separation agreements that address a wide range of issues, such as property division, child custody and support, and any payments for spousal maintenance.


We represent parents who are dealing with paternity issues – biological fathers who wish to be involved in the lives of their children and mothers who need to obtain child support from fathers.

Domestic Violence and Protection Orders

We help victims of domestic violence petition the court for orders of protection to shield themselves from an abusive spouse or partner.


If you plan to foster a child or adopt, it’s always a good idea to have the services of a knowledgeable attorney who can help protect your interests.

Charlottesville Collaborative Law Attorney

If you are facing any type of family law dispute, we urge you to consider collaborative law as a way to resolve your issues. Collaborative law offers a unique, non-adversarial approach to dispute resolution that treats all parties with mutual respect and dignity.

Through the collaborative process, both parties and their separate attorneys commit to working out their issues using a specific format. If the process fails and either party decides to go to court, the lawyers for both sides will withdraw from the case.

Firm partner David Toscano is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is a strong supporter of the collaborative process. When meeting for an initial consultation, your attorney can help you decide if this approach is appropriate for your situation.

Experienced Legal Representation for all Your Charlottesville Family Law Needs

The skilled professionals at Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz understand how challenging and important family law issues can be. Your parental rights and financial freedom may be on the line, and we take our work as your legal advocate seriously. Call our Charlottesville office today at (434) 977-7977 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.

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