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Steven L. Raynor

steve@raynorlawoffice.com
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Phone: 434.220.6066
Fax: 434.220.6067

211 5th St NE
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersDIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW

Family Law, including divorce, custody and visitation, support, settlement agreements, and prenuptial agreements has been the primary emphasis for Steve over the last twenty-five years. He follows a client-centered approach in which he learns the client's goals and works with the client to create a strategy to meet those goals. Sometimes the goals are a negotiated settlement with a focus on the best interests of the children. In other cases, negotiations may not be successful and litigation is necessary. The majority of Steve's family law cases settle, but he has extensive experience litigating a wide range of family law issues, from simple motions to multi-day trials.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

Steve has been listed by the Virginia Business magazine as one of the Legal Elite in the Family/Domestic Relations Practice area, he has been selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers list in the Family Law practice area, and he is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

COLLABORATIVE LAW AND MEDIATION

Steve has received the collaborative law training, and he regularly represents clients in mediation. In addition, Steve is himself trained as a mediator, and he provides mediation services for parties seeking to resolve divorce or family law related issues or disputes.

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1985

B.A. in philosophy, Randolph-Macon College, 1982

Professional Training

National Trial Advocacy College

Collaborative Divorce Certification

Mediation Training


Professional And Bar Association Memberships

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

  • Fellow

American Bar Association

  • Family Law Section

Virginia State Bar

  • Board of Governors of Family Law Section

Virginia Bar Association

  • Domestic Relations Section Council, Immediate Past-Chair

Virginia Family Law Coalition

  • Member

Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association

  • Family, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Section, Former Chair

Books, Articles and Lectures
Book
Articles
  • "Real Estate Issues in Divorce Cases," published by the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, Family Law News, Winter 2012;

  • "Third Party Visitation in Virginia," published in the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, Family Law News, Spring 2010;

  • "Third Party Custody in Virginia," published in the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, Family Law News, Winter 2009;
Lectures
  • “Use of Expert Witnesses in Family Law Cases,” seminar sponsored by Virginia CLE, 2016;

  • “Social Security and Divorce,” short topic presented as part of seminar sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association, Domestic Relations Section, 2015;

  • “Same-Sex Marriage: A Review of Developing Law,” seminar sponsored by Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 2014;

  • “Tax Tips for Divorce Attorneys,” Moderator and Speaker at Seminar sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association, Domestic Relations Section, 2013;

  • “Family Law Update 2010-2011,” Seminar sponsored by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 2011;

  • "Presenting and Defending Against Mental Health Expert Testimony in Custody and Visitation Cases," Seminar sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association, Domestic Relations Section, 2011;

  • "Virginia Equitable Distribution: Tracing," seminar sponsored by Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 2010;

  • "The Statutory basis of Family Law in Virginia," seminar sponsored by Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 2009;

  • "Recent Case Law Developments," seminar sponsored by Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 2008;

  • "Selected Constitutional Law Cases," class presented as part of Martin & Raynor, P.C. Law School for Non-Lawyers, 2008;

  • "Family Law," class presented as part of Martin & Raynor, P.C. Law School for Non-Lawyers, 2007;

  • "Introduction to the Law: Constitutional and Federal Law," class presented as part of Martin & Raynor, P.C. Law School for Non-Lawyers, 2006;

  • "Spousal Support in Virginia," seminar sponsored by Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 2003;

  • "Review of Equitable Distribution in Virginia," seminar sponsored by Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 2000;

  • "Spousal Support: A Review of New Section 20-107.1," seminar sponsored by Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 1999;

  • "Dividing Retirement Benefits in Divorce Cases," seminar sponsored by Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 1998;

  • "Imputed Income in Child Support and Spousal Support Cases," seminar sponsored by Virginia Continuing Legal Education, 1997;

  • "Spousal Support," seminar sponsored by Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, 1996.
Personal

Steve was born in Charlottesville and resides in Albemarle County, Virginia. He and his wife, Chloe, have four children and a daughter-in-law. For recreation he loves track day motorcycle riding.