Practice Areas

Criminal Law

Norfolk, Virginia Criminal Law Attorney When you have been charged with criminal behavior, such as a DUI or a drug crime, and face an impending trial date, you need a criminal defense attorney with experience who can give you the answers you need rather than just saying what you want to hear. At The Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof, I have a strong record of success working with clients in Virginia, providing effective assistance based on realistic expectations. Contact me today for a free consultation. Experience For over a decade I have been working as an attorney in the field of criminal law. This significant experience has provided me with a rich level of area-specific knowledge, knowledge I can apply to your specific case. At the Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof I routinely assist clients who need effective legal assistance related to the following: Misdemeanors Felonies DUI Domestic Assault and Battery Traffic Violations Reckless Driving Drug Crimes (marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroine) Drug Possession Drug Manufacturing Distribution Honest Answers If you have been pulled over after a night out drinking with friends and face a trial date on a DUI charge, or have been arrested for a drug crime such as possession or distribution, you most likely have many questions. You want to know what is going to happen. Learn your rights. At the Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof, I make sure clients are apprised of their rights and insure that procedures were followed in all aspects of the arrest. Contact me today to get the answers to your questions from an experienced criminal law lawyer. Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof 281 Independence Boulevard Suite 443 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 Tel: (757) 497-7448 Fax: (757) 497-7548 The law Office of Timothy Wade Roof provides clear and realistic legal advice to clients in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as well as the cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, and Hampton. In addition, the firm serves enlisted personal at local military bases such as Norfolk Naval Base and Oceana Air...

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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence occurs in some families and in many divorce situations, with serious personal and legal consequences. Those involved can be male or female. In some divorce cases, child custody conflicts and other family problems, accusations of domestic violence may be used by one spouse to get back at the other or to improve their chances of getting the kids. I can help if you have been accused of domestic violence in a divorce or child custody matter, whether or not violence occurred. Contact me for a free initial consultation. Has Your Spouse Taken Out a Protective Order Against You? If you are in the military, a protective order can be career ending. If your spouse has taken out an order of protection against you, you may need the help of a lawyer, especially if criminal charges are pending. A protective order can be temporary or long term, and it can mean you get kicked out of your house and don’t get to see your kids. Have You Been Charged With Domestic Abuse or Assault and Battery? If you have been accused of domestic assault and battery, these are serious charges that can lead to jail time or cause you to lose your job if you are convicted. Under federal law, you can lose the right to possess or transport a firearm. You can also lose access to your kids. If you are a military service member facing domestic violence charges, getting the advice of an experienced defense lawyer is essential. What Happens if I Did Assault My Spouse? What Are My Options? If you did assault a spouse and you are a first-time offender, a lawyer can work to have the charges dismissed in some cases, or there may be treatment options or other ways of reducing the impact of a charge. Contact a Virginia Beach Domestic Violence Defense Attorney As a Virginia Beach, VA, and Norfolk domestic abuse charge attorney, I provide criminal defense against domestic violence charges and other criminal matters. Contact me for advice about your...

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Adoption

The Adoption Process Adopting a child can be a wonderful thing. However, the adoption process is usually long and complicated, with a huge amount of paperwork that needs to be done. If you are adopting a child, having the help of an experienced lawyer can make things much smoother. I have assisted military families and other people with different types of adoptions, including those involving stepparents. I understand the laws that relate to adoption, and I am experienced with the paperwork and procedures that need to be done. Contact me for a free consultation about your adoption plans. Can I Be Reimbursed for the Cost of Adoption? The cost of an adoption can be very high. However, if you are a service member, you should know that the military will usually pay for your adoption expenses, including lawyers’ fees. Some other employers will reimburse you for adoption costs, as well. I can explain how this works and help you get the reimbursement you are entitled to. How Do Stepparent Adoptions Work? As a Virginia Beach, VA, and Norfolk stepparent adoption attorney, I can explain what you need to do as an adoptive stepparent. Contact me for more information. Will I Be Able to Adopt? Have I Been Married Long Enough? When we meet, I can address these and other concerns you may have about adoption. I offer a free consultation to those who want to adopt a child. Talk to a Military Adoption Lawyer Who Can Help As a Virginia Beach adoption attorney, I can answer your questions and help you with your entire adoption process. Contact me to learn...

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Relocation

When One Parent Wants to Move Away Sometimes a divorce can cause issues that we didn’t expect. When a job, a relationship or a family issue prompts one parent to move away from their child — or move away with a child — it can change the amount of time spent between a child and one of their parents. Virginia law is designed to protect a child’s relationships with both of his or her parents. A move by one parent affects the rights of the other parent and the rights of the children involved, so consulting a lawyer can be very important. If you are dealing with a relocation, or thinking about one, you can contact me for a free legal consultation. Are You Able to See Your Child Regularly? In almost all divorce cases involving children, a legal arrangement is made that allows both parents to see their children regularly. In order for one parent to move away with a child, an agreement needs to be made about child custody, or the parent who wants to move needs to show that the move is in the child’s best interests. Some parents can work out a child visitation agreement on their own when someone moves, but most people need the help of a lawyer to file a motion in court to change a child custody or visitation order. Contact a Virginia Beach Relocation Attorney If you need to change your child custody or visitation arrangements, talk to an experienced Norfolk visitation modification attorney. I have helped many service members work out child custody modifications and other solutions to difficult divorce and relocation situations. Contact me for a free consultation about your divorce or relocation plans. I can talk to you and represent you in Virginia Beach, VA, or if you are...

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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

Two Kinds of Divorce Divorce is never an easy thing, but there are different ways to go about it. If you are thinking about a divorce, you may have questions about what type of divorce to pursue. Some divorces are contested and some are uncontested. If you need a South Hampton Roads, VA, divorce or military divorce attorney, contact me. The consultation is free, and I can represent you even if you or your spouse is deployed. What’s the Difference Between a Contested Divorce and an Uncontested Divorce? A contested divorce is one in which both spouses are not able to agree on all the details in ending their marriage. When the two spouses can’t resolve the issues on their own or with the help of lawyers, the law requires that a judge make certain decisions about things like property and child support. Because contested divorces take longer and require more work by lawyers, they are more difficult and more expensive than uncontested divorces. An uncontested divorce happens when a divorce agreement is reached by the two spouses. When the couple can decide on all the issues — things like personal property, spousal support, child custody and child support — a judge does not need to step in and make decisions about what is going to happen. As you can imagine, these kinds of divorces, when possible, are more affordable in terms of legal fees, and they are less stressful. I Can Help You Work Out the Smoothest Possible Divorce My goal is to help you work out the smoothest possible outcome to your divorce situation. I will always recommend the fastest, most affordable way of doing things. Whether your divorce ends up being uncontested or contested, I will provide you with the information you need to make sound decisions. If you need a Virginia Beach contested divorce attorney or a Chesapeake uncontested divorce attorney,contact me. The consultation is...

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Visitation Rights

Working Out Fair Arrangements for Child Visitation One of the most difficult things about getting divorced can be the time away from your child. As a parent in Virginia, you have legal rights that include being able to spend time with your children. I can help you work out a divorce and child custody agreement that allows you to do so. Contact me for help with your divorce, child custody or visitation situation. Are You Seeing Your Child as Much as You Think You Should Be? If you are separated or divorced and aren’t getting to see your kids, I may be able to help you change that legally. I can help you work out a divorce agreement that gives you a fair amount of time with your kids, or, in some cases, I can work to have child custody and visitation orders changed if you are already divorced. If you and your spouse or ex-spouse can’t agree on visitation arrangements, you may need to go to court to work out a solution. If going to court is necessary, I can represent you there and help you reach the best possible result. Virginia Beach Visitation Attorney | Chesapeake Parental Rights Attorney I help clients in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake, VA, with divorce, child support, child custody and visitation issues. As a lawyer, my commitment is to be honest and direct with you about your legal rights and responsibilities. I will not overcharge you for legal services that you don’t need. I will work to help you choose a legal path that is as affordable, fast and practical as possible. Contact me for help with your...

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Spousal Support/Alimony

In some divorce cases, spousal support (or alimony) payments are ordered by a judge. Generally, a spouse who earns more money pays the other spouse. Everyone’s situation is different. I can help you understand what your legal rights and responsibilities are. Contact me to set up an appointment in Virginia Beach, VA. We can talk about your situation through other means if you are deployed. How Much Will I Pay? For How Long? Whether you pay spousal support will depend on how long you have been married, how much your spouse makes and other things. Does Adultery Affect Whether I Will Have to Pay Spousal Support? Under Virginia law, adultery factors into the divorce equation. In Virginia, you can be denied from receiving spousal support, and sometimes have bigger financial obligations for you to pay, if your spouse can prove an accusation of adultery against you. Can I Change the Amount of Spousal Support or Child Support I Pay? If you have been paying spousal support or child support and you can’t afford the payments, you may be able to get a modification from a judge to change the amount you owe. I can explain how a modification works and help you file for one if you qualify. What Kind of Support or Benefits Am I Entitled To? If your spouse is the main income earner or if your job has been to take care of your children, you may be entitled to child support, spousal support (alimony), or military benefits. These things will depend on: How long you have been married How long your spouse has been in the military How much your spouse earns How much you earn As a divorce and spousal support lawyer, I can help you figure out what kind of benefits you are entitled to under the law. Consult a Virginia Beach Spousal Support Attorney for Advice Contact me to speak to a Virginia Beach and Norfolk alimony attorney. I can help you understand your rights and options in...

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Separation Agreements

What is a Separation Agreement? Do I Need One? If you are going through or thinking about a divorce, you may be wondering if you need a separation agreement. A separation agreement is a legal document that can make it easier for some couples to get a divorce quickly, particularly if you don’t have children together and don’t have a lot of property to divide. Contact me with your questions about divorce,spousal support or separation agreements. I will answer them clearly and always recommend the fastest, most affordable way of doing things. Do You Want an Easy Divorce? In most cases you have to be separated for a year or more to get a divorce in Virginia. However, if you and your spouse can agree on all the terms of your divorce, a separation agreement may be able to shorten the required period to six months. You may be able to solve your problems with a separation agreement. When you meet with me, in person or by phone, we will discuss the details of your case. I will let you know if a separation agreement will help you. Contact an Experienced Virginia Beach Separation Agreement Attorney As an experienced divorce lawyer and Chesapeake legal separation attorney, I can help you figure out whether a separation agreement is right for you. We can meet in my Virginia Beach, VA, office or speak by phone or other means if you are deployed. Contact me to discuss your...

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Child Custody and Child Support

Virginia Child Custody and Support Attorney The Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof, located in Virginia Beach, is a legal practice focused on assisting clients with legal concerns related to criminal and family law matters. In family law issues, probably the most emotionally charged, contested problem has to do with child custody and support. As an attorney who has lived and worked in the Virginia Beach area for over a decade, I understand the difficulties you face when going through a divorce. Contact me today for a free consultation. Compelling Questions I want custody of my children. How much support will I get? Will I ever get to see my children? What if I can’t afford to make child support payments? You probably have many questions regarding child support, visitation, modification, primary, joint, and physical custody. Perhaps you are going through a divorce for the first time and have never had to even consider these questions before. At The Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof, I understand your concerns and questions and bring my legal training and experience to each situation to provide the best possible service. Realistic Answers While promised outcomes might sound encouraging or comforting when you are sitting in your attorney’s office, they may not be an accurate portrayal of reality. The reality is your child’s welfare is at the center of any custody or support dispute. In the courtroom, a judge cares less about your rights as custodial parent or non-custodial parent than insuring that a child’s best interests are represented. Once you understand your position from a legal perspective, we can begin to discuss options that will best serve you and, more importantly, your child or children. For more information on how I can assist you in your child custody or support case, contact the Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof today. Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof 281 Independence Boulevard Suite 443 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 Tel: (757) 497-7448 Fax: (757) 497-7548 The law Office of Timothy Wade Roof provides clear and realistic legal advice to clients in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as well as the cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, and Hampton. In addition, the firm serves enlisted personal at local military bases such as Norfolk Naval Base and Oceana Air...

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Military Divorce: Spouses

Being married to a man or woman in the military can bring certain challenges and benefits. If you are going through or considering a divorce from a service member, it is important to have the help of an experienced lawyer. I understand the issues faced by people dealing with the Armed Forces, and I work extensively in helping military spouses with divorce. To speak to a Virginia Beach and Norfolk military spousal support attorney, contact me. Grounds for a Divorce A divorce, the legal ending of a marriage, needs to be granted by a court in Virginia. A judge can grant a divorce for one of several reasons, which include adultery, abandonment and certain criminal convictions. A divorce can also be granted to spouses who have been living apart for over a year or, if there are no children and a separation agreement has been made, for six months. If your spouse is cheating on you or has moved out of the house, you can choose to pursue a divorce or go another route. As a lawyer, I will help you understand what your choices are. My Deployed Spouse Wants a Divorce. What Do I Do? I can help you sort out what to do if your spouse is deployed and is asking for a divorce. These situations are not easy, and it can be helpful to get the honest advice of an experienced lawyer. What Benefits Am I Entitled To? As a former spouse, military benefits may be available to you after a divorce, depending on the length of the marriage and on how long your spouse has served in the military. If you are eligible, the amount of benefits will depend on your situation. I understand how military benefits work, and I can help you figure out if you are entitled to benefits if you are going through or considering a divorce from a service member. Contact an Experienced Virginia Beach Military Spouse Divorce Attorney Contact me, attorney Tim Roof, for a free consultation. I will answer your questions clearly and always recommend the fastest, most affordable way of doing...

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Military Divorce: Service Members

How Do I Get a Divorce? In Virginia, a divorce needs to be granted by a judge in court. A divorce can be granted for one of several reasons, which include adultery and abandonment. A court can also grant a divorce to spouses who have been living apart for over a year or, if there are no children and a separation agreement has been made, for six months. If you suspect that your spouse has been cheating on you or there is another reason for you wanting a divorce, you should talk to an attorney. Divorce is a serious matter with serious consequences that you should discuss with a lawyer. Contact me for a free consultation about your situation. Can I Get a Divorce While I’m Deployed? Yes. You can file for divorce if you are deployed or stationed overseas, but you will need the help of a lawyer. I can answer your questions clearly, help you understand your choices and represent you in court if you decide to move forward with a divorce. Will I Have to Pay Spousal Support or Child Support? Will the Military Get Involved in My Divorce? While the UCMJ (uniform code of military justice) and BAH (basic allowance for housing) have an impact on some family matters, the military has to honor what a civilian court decides. Virginia has certain laws and formulas that determine whether you will have to pay spousal or child support and, if so, how much the payments will be. I can help you understand how spousal and child support work, and whether military rules will affect your divorce. Can My Spouse Waive My Retirement? In cases of divorce, military personnel are usually concerned about losing some of their important retirement benefits. If you get divorced, your spouse can agree to waive his or her share of your retirement, but this does not happen in many situations. Call a Military Retirement Divorce Attorney If you need a Virginia Beach military divorce attorney, I can help. Contact me for a free initial...

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Divorce

Virginia Beach Divorce Attorney When you are going through a divorce, it is easy to become bogged down in the emotion that accompanies it. Your emotions may range from sorrow and fear to anger and resentment. While it is easy to give way to emotion and to seek legal counsel that provides quick comfort, this solution is only temporary and fails to address many of the fundamental issues at the heart of divorce. At The Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, I am an attorney who believes in dealing in realities. I understand my clients’ financial concerns and strive to provide the best rates possible. I understand time-sensitive issues – particularly with military divorce and for clients enlisted in the armed services and facing deployment. I understand that you and your case are unique and require personable, specific care. Contact me today. Reasonable While certainly many issues fight for dominance in a divorce, financial concerns generally top the list – even in cases where children are involved. In addition to the division of assets and the possibility of child and spousal support, there are court costs and lawyers’ fees. At The Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof, I am sensitive to your monetary constraints and provide competitive, fixed rates for uncontested divorce cases. Effective Time may also be a concern for you. You are wishing to remarry or are in the military and are being transferred or deployed. At The Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof, you needn’t feel the strain of waiting that you might experience at larger firms. Clients have come to rely on me as an attorney who maintains a quick turn-around time, particularly with uncontested divorce. Specific Virginia Beach is host to a diverse community. Its residents represent military personnel, transplants, university students, faculty and staff, and families that have lived here for several generations. On a general level, the aspects that govern divorce – child support, child custody, spousal support, the equitable distribution of assets, alimony, enforcements and modifications – are the same for everyone. However, I believe each person’s individual situation plays into the way a divorce may be handled. For effective, client-specific legal assistance that addresses your financial constraints, contact the Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof today. Law Office of Timothy Wade Roof 281 Independence Boulevard Suite 443 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 Tel: (757) 497-7448 Fax: (757) 497-7548 The law Office of Timothy Wade Roof provides clear and realistic legal advice to clients in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as well as the cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, and Hampton. In addition, the firm serves enlisted personal at local military bases such as Norfolk Naval Base and Oceana Air...

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