Virginia Family Law

At Tingen Law, we know the importance of family. Hire us to make sure your legal problem is taken care of quickly and efficiently.

Attorneys that Put Your Family First

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Our Mission

We deliver quality legal representation to clients who need help navigating a complex and often confusing legal system.

Our attorneys and staff are committed to promoting access to justice in our local community and beyond through our detailed online guides, affordable payment plans, and client-centered approach to each and every case.

Who We Are

We’re a collection of experienced attorneys, dedicated support staff, and savvy tech professionals. We’re innovators, difference makers, and advocates for justice.

Most importantly, we’re a group of people who genuinely want to help our neighbors with their legal problems.

Our attorneys recognize that the ones who need legal services the most are often the ones who can afford it the least.

At Tingen Law, we’re trying to correct this problem.

How We Can Help With Your Family Law Matter

Here at Tingen Law, we take pride in helping members of our local community through tough situations.

Whether it’s a quick and easy uncontested divorce or a drawn-out child custody battle, our attorneys and staff are prepared to help you through this difficult moment in your life.

Whether that’s sitting down with you to talk about your legal options or taking the time to perfect every little detail in your paperwork, we’re committed to providing the best possible representation in your case.

If you’re interested in working with our firm please give us a call at (804) 477-1720 to speak with one of our attorneys about your case.

We hope you choose to retain our firm for your legal matter, and thank you for taking the time to #lawyerup with us!

Ready to Speak with an Attorney?

Call us today at (804) 477-1720 to schedule a phone consultation, or fill out our contact form and we’ll be in touch within one business day.

Our attorneys have a reputation for fast communication, affordable billing practices, and a commitment to the best interests of our clients.

The communication is quick and responsive. I keep recommending people because you give great service and you keep getting good results.
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Carmen Pelaez
Former Client
A Law Firm for the 21st Century Client

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From basic uncontested divorces to custody battles and child support, Tingen Law has you covered no matter the legal issue.

Our attorneys and staff have the skills and experience you need to resolve your case both quickly and effectively.

Most importantly, we take a different approach to legal services by focusing on ways we can solve the most common problems people have with law firms:

Problem: It's hard to get in touch with my attorney.

At Tingen Law, we’ve made a commitment to always respond to client contacts within one business day.

When you’re already dealing with the stress of an important legal matter, quick and consistent communication is very important.

Whether you want a simple update or you want to better understand the strategy in your case, our attorneys and staff will keep you in the loop at every step of your case.

Problem: I've heard about attorneys that will promise one thing and then deliver another, so I'm worried about what to expect.

No attorney can guarantee a specific result in your case.

Instead, we aim to help clients understand every aspect of their case before moving forward.

There’s no such thing as a “sure-thing” in the legal world, but we’ll do our best to make sure you know what to expect before you step into the courtroom.

Problem: I never know what's going on in my case, and my attorney never explains anything.

We believe that an informed client is a happy client.

From our firm’s extensive Knowledge Base to our client-focused consultation structure, we’ve developed our business around making sure our clients understand the ins and outs of their specific legal matter.

Problem: Attorneys are too expensive, and I'm worried that I won't understand where my money is going.

We believe in giving everyone access to justice, and we try to reflect this ideal in every aspect of our practice.

For this reason, we’ve taken steps to make the legal process as affordable and accessible as possible for all of our clients.

While it’s no secret that some types of cases can get expensive quickly, our attorneys ensure you only pay for the services you need.

Further, our transparent billing practices can help you know ahead of time exactly where your money is going.

Experienced Attorneys and Dedicated Staff

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Regardless of whether you’re going through an uncontested divorce or something more complicated, we can help you navigate this difficult period in your life.

Please take a moment to learn more about us below, or reach out to us at (804) 477-1720 if you’d like to know more about any of our attorneys or their practice!

Jacob graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law and was accepted to the Virginia Bar in 2012. Less than 30 days after being admitted to the bar, Jacob launched his own legal practice.

James focuses his practice on intellectual property law, family law, and criminal defense. No matter the situation his clients are in, James is committed to helping his clients pursue the best possible outcome in their case.

Access to Justice is Our Top Priority

Hire an Attorney Who Cares

Our attorneys believe in using a combination of legal expertise and cutting-edge technology to solve problems for our clients.

Whether that’s providing you with free downloads and resources to help you understand your custody case or minimizing the cost of your divorce with online tools, we believe in leveraging our experience and know-how to make sure you receive the best possible outcome in your specific legal matter.

At Tingen Law, you’ll receive the experience and guidance you need to ensure your case is as quick and painless as possible.

Online Tools and Billing

To help make things easier for our clients, we try to put as much of our representation online as possible.

This includes online forms you can fill out to streamline our representation in your case and invoices emailed straight to your inbox.

Access to Justice After Your Case is Over

At the conclusion of your legal matter, you’ll be provided with a coupon code to sign up for our subscription retainer service, Access, absolutely free for two months.

With your free two months of Access, we’ll be able to finish up any minor legal issue that arise after we resolve your original legal matter.

More than "Just" Family Law

A family law case is often more than “just” a legal matter. It’s a complicated problem that affects both you and your loved ones.

At Tingen Law we take a personal approach to family law cases to help ensure our clients feel as safe and comfortable as possible in their legal matter.

Free Resources and Downloads

Alongside our online tools and easy-to-use website, we provide a growing stockpile of books, downloads, and resources on our blog to help you get the most out of your legal representation.

Client Testimonials

Don't Just Take Our Word For It

Read what some of our former clients have to say about our firm.


Sonia Hernandez

Do you know how hard it is to find a lawyer that you can trust? Jacob [Tingen] has been our lawyer for 3 years now and he is excellent. He has been great for us, the very best. I wouldn’t be in school right now if it wasn’t for Jacob.


Jorge Herrera

Well, you guys treat people well. You always look for a way to help your clients. You give great information. You do your best to help the hispanic population. You give us confidence that we will get what you say. You gave me confidence throughout my case that things would turn out well, and I would recommend you to everyone who needs a lawyer.


Liliana Ornelas

I am very pleased with the work Tingen Law and their staff have done for me and my family! I am now green card holder and the job was done fast and in a very efficient way! Thank you Tingen Law, I will continue to recommend you to all my friends and family.


Ready to Speak with an Attorney?

Call us today at (804) 477-1720 to schedule a phone consultation, or fill out our contact form and we’ll be in touch within one business day.

Our attorneys have a reputation for fast communication, affordable billing practices, and a commitment to the best interests of our clients.

They are very good. Tingen Law has always had the right price and the payment plans are very helpful. They make time for me and they treat me well. I recommend them.
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Jessica Mejia
Former Client
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Frequently Asked Questions

Divorces can be tough, and clients often have questions about why our services are the best fit for the job.

Check out our answers to a few of these frequently asked questions below, or call us at (804) 477-1720 to schedule a phone consultation with one of our attorneys!

No (sane) attorney will answer this question without first listening to a full overview of your case and the circumstances of your situation.

We can, as we did in the sections above, provide a general outline of how the process works in theory, but the specific shape and nature of your divorce is something that only your attorney can outline in full.

If you’d like some more general information about the Virginia divorce process, please see the linked articles and resources in our “Free Resources and Downloads” section above.

Spouses who file for divorce in Virginia must submit certain information to the court as part of the normal divorce process.

For example, you’ll have to include certain vital information in your divorce complaint such as your date of marriage and when you separated from your spouse.

Similarly, your property settlement agreement should divide all marital property “equitably” between you and your spouse, so your attorney will most likely want to see all of your financial records as well.

Generally speaking, you should collect any available information relating to your marriage.

Remember, the court will ask about the who, what, where, when, and why of your marriage, so your attorney will most likely need to know this information as well when preparing your case.

The answer to this question will also largely depend on the specifics of your case.

For example, you may be able to complete an uncontested divorce in as little as a few weeks, while a contested divorce could take up to a year or more to finish in full.

Put simply, the more issues there are to resolve, the longer your case will likely take.

For this reason, it’s usually wise to ask your attorney for a ball-park estimate of your case’s length when you go in for your first consultation.

For more information, please see our article, “How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Virginia?”

The total cost of your divorce will depend on several facts, such as the type of divorce you’re filing for, the complexity of the issues in your case, and the billing structure of the attorney you hire.

For this reason, it’s impossible (and irresponsible) for anyone to accurately estimate the cost of your case without first reviewing every element of your divorce.

In general, uncontested divorces will cost somewhere in the realm of several hundred dollars, while contested divorces can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars or more depending on the circumstances of the case.

However, you should remember that only your attorney can give an accurate estimate for what you should expect to pay in your particular situation.

For more information, please see our article, “How Much Does it Cost to Get a Divorce in Virginia?”

Virginia spouses who file for divorce must follow the Commonwealth’s equitable distribution process.

This is basically an organized way for two married spouses to divide any joint or marital property between themselves as part of their divorce process.

Generally speaking, there are three steps to Virginia’s equitable distribution process:

  • You must classify your property as marital, separate, or mixed.
  • You must value any relevant marital and mixed property, such as the family home or the family car.
  • You must divide this marital and mixed property in an equitable (“fair”) manner.

We’ve written several guides on the equitable distribution process for our Knowledge Base.

However, the gist of the situation is that you must fairly divide any shared property between yourselves.

Separate property, such as inheritances and most property that was purchased before the marriage, is not subject to the equitable distribution process.

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