Carolyn Abbate, with the firm of Grenadier, Duffett, Winkler, Levi & Rubin, P.C., practices exclusively in the area of family law and divorce matters in northern Virginia. Ms. Abbate graduated from the George Mason University School of Law, cum laude, in 2009.
What brings you the most satisfaction in the work you do?
The most rewarding part of my job is when I can use my specialized knowledge of domestic relations law to help a client either settle their dispute without having to incur the emotional and financial expense of a trial or obtain a fair outcome for my client at the trial. Each case is unique and I enjoy working with my clients to find the best possible solution for their situation. In addition to all the emotional pain and struggles, there are countless legal components to the process as well. I understand what my clients are going through, and I can help them through an extremely difficult time.
What would you tell a client who is considering separation or divorce from their spouse?
An attorney who has knowledge of a family’s background and financial situation is able to provide a client with advice tailored to that client’s specific circumstances. Attorneys work with, and need input from, their clients in order to help the client resolve their domestic matter. Therefore, gather as much information as you can and be prepared to provide documents. After we meet, you can expect to have a better understanding of Virginia law and the application of that law to your specific family circumstances. You will leave our office with a plan as to the grounds for divorce, custody and visitation, equitable distribution and support, and we will help guide you through every step of the process.
Divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, property distribution, the negotiation of both pre-marital and post-marital agreements, and the drafting of qualified domestic relations orders.