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Equitable Distribution: A Practical Application of Virginia's Statutory Mandates

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Produced on October 14, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Family & Matrimonial

Course Description

Settling and litigating equitable distribution cases in Virginia requires a detailed knowledge of the statutory authority and case law governing the issue. Virginia’s Circuit Courts perform equitable distribution upon issuing a divorce or upon the filing of a foreign order of divorce. The court must, upon the evidence presented, identify all property, determine title to property, determine ownership and value of all property, classify property, and identify all debt. 

Under the governing statutory authority of Virginia Code Section 20-107.3, Virginia Circuits Courts consider eleven factors, including the parties’ contributions (both positive and negative) to the marriage and to the acquisition of property, the length of the marriage, the cause of the dissolution of the marriage, and tax consequences to the parties. In this program, practitioners will learn how to develop and present your equitable distribution case, including practical tips from a seasoned litigator and mediator.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the statutory authority equitable distribution in divorce matters and its limitations
  2. Analyze the classifications of property in Virginia and the significance of tracing in the statutory scheme
  3. Identify the individual factors of Virginia Code Section 20-107.3 governing equitable distribution and relevant case law
  4. Present equitable distribution factor evidence under the requisite Code of Virginia provisions

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Leslie Weber Hoffman

Family Law & Mediation Center, PLC

Leslie Weber Hoffman is the senior attorney at the Family Law & Mediation Center. Prior to opening her own law firm, she was a principal with The Lewis Law Firm, P.C. (formerly Lewis, Dack, Paradiso, O'Connor & Good). Ms. Hoffman also worked as an associate attorney at Duvall, Blackburn, Hale & Downey and was a research assistant to Justice Arthur Goldberg (U.S. Supreme Court, retired). Ms. Hoffman is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, the U.S. District Court of Virginia, and the U.S. District Court of D.C.

Ms. Hoffman is currently a member of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section and the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board and Professionalism Committee. She is a past member of the Virginia Bar Council and the Virginia State Bar Board of Governors (YLC). Ms. Hoffman is a past-president of the Northern Virginia Young Lawyers Association and has chaired various committees for the Fairfax Bar Association, including the Judicial Screening Committee, the Public Relations Committee, and the Election Committee. She also served as a member of the Judicial Screening Task Force, the Domestic Relations Subcommittee, and the Judicial Evaluation Task Force. Ms. Hoffman is a past member of the Family Law Sections of both the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the District of Columbia Bar. She has lectured over the years to members of the DC Bar, the Fairfax Bar and to the Virginia State Bar members of the judiciary.

Ms. Hoffman has been the recipient of various awards presented by the Fairfax Bar Association, including two Presidential Merit Awards and Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2002). She has been named by Virginia Lawyer Magazine, SuperLawyers, Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine as a top domestic relations lawyer. She was named as an Outstanding Woman in America in 1988. Ms. Hoffman is listed in Who's Who in American Lawyers.

Leslie Weber Hoffman received her B.A. in 1978 from Rutgers University and her J.D. in 1982 from Nova Southeastern University, and mediates and litigates all aspects of custody, property division, support and divorce cases.

Amy Mirabile

Family Law & Mediation Center, PLC

Amy L. Mirabile is a staff attorney at the Family Law & Mediation Center. Prior to joining Ms. Hoffman in 2011, she worked at Keisler Lee, PLLC, for over six years focusing exclusively on family law. Ms. Mirabile also previously served as a law clerk to the four judges of the Arlington County Circuit Court. Ms. Mirabile is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax Bar Association. Ms. Mirabile received the 2009 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award from the Prince William County Bar Association for her work bringing the Wills for Heroes Program to the County's first responders.

Ms. Mirabile received her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1995 from William Smith College and her J.D. in 2002 from George Mason Univeristy School of Law, and has litigated custody, support, protective order matters, equitable distribution (divorce property cases), fault ground divorces and other family law court cases.


Timothy D.

Nice reference to other cases for further information.

Natalia F.

This is the best and most detailed coverage of VA Code Section 20-107.3 I've ever seen. Both presenters are extremely experienced and very helpful!

Jacob S.

Gave me some good insights to consider in my own practice.

Deborah Lynn W.

Fantastic review, good tips

Barry G.


Jon K.

Thank you!!

Michael F.


William H.

Solid presentation.

Ronald R.

Excellent presentation by both presenters. Concise, yet thorough in canvassing the topic.

Russell B.

The Presenters were Outstanding.

Randi V.

This was helpful -- especially the examples from your practice.

Jo M.

Useful information and knowledgeable presenters.

Mary F.

Good course.

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