Combining Legal Advocacy And Support

When searching for a Northern Virginia family law attorney, it is important to find a lawyer who is concerned about both legal advocacy and support. Joan Proper has worked with families and children for her entire career. This perspective allows our firm to handle your family law concerns with empathy and compassion. We have experience handling:

  • Property settlement agreements
  • Protective orders
  • Legal separation and separate maintenance
  • Uncontested and contested divorce
  • Post-divorce matters
  • Paternity issues
  • Name changes
  • Guardianship and/or Conservatorship

Keep Control Of The Situation

Our firm is prepared to litigate and has experience litigating when parties are not able to resolve issues and reach agreements.

We are also effective negotiators. When a family law matter goes to court, all parties involved lose much of their ability to control the situation. Therefore, in many cases, reaching an agreement allows you to have a greater degree of control over the outcome in a more cost-effective manner.


We have handled many cases in Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas involving an adult who is unexpectedly incapacitated or an adult child who needs a guardian and/or conservator. In those cases where an adult does not have the capacity to make major decisions, including educational decisions, our firm is able to help.

If you or a family member is seeking guardianship or conservatorship of an incapacitated adult, we can prepare the documents and pursue the court process that will allow you to care for your loved one. We also serve as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults in guardianship and conservatorship matters.

Professional Representation

No matter what your family law matter may be, as needed, we will work with other professionals such as accountants, financial planners, mental health providers, appraisers and other experts, to confidently and thoroughly advocate for you and your family. Call our office today at 703-291-6660 or contact us online.

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