Experienced & Aggressive

An experienced and aggressive lawyer can guide you through the process and make sure your legal rights are protected.
Experience

Legal problems can be emotionally and financially devastating, but they don't have to be. We represent people all across West Virginia and have handled hundreds of cases just like yours.

As a result, we have built a multitude of lasting relationships with our clients. We want you to be able to depend on us for the kind of swift, decisive legal advice that can make an enormous positive difference in your life.

We have offices conveniently located in Charleston (Kanawha County) and Hurricane (Putnam county) for your convenience.

  • Honest

    We insist on explaining every available option, in resolving your problem.

  • Professional

    Our significant verdicts in West Virginia courts confirm that claim.

  • Dedicated

    Regardless of your specific, unique legal needs, your case is always a top priority with us.

Mr. Van Bibber is currently engaged in private practice in the areas of Personal Injury / Accident and Family Law / Divorce. He is licensed to practice in West Virginia and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Our firm accepts cases throughout the State of West Virginia and free consultations are available on contingency fee cases.


FAMILY LAW

Marriage is a legal and business union as much as it is a romantic one. Because marriage is a legal and business arrangement, it may be wise to consult with an attorney at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, PLLC at either our Charleston or Hurricane locations about the advantages of premarital and prenuptial agreements.

Many couples find it helpful to work through financial issues and the potential disagreements such issues can create before entering into a marriage.
Divorce is a method of terminating a marriage contract between two individuals. From a legal standpoint, divorce restores an individual’s right to marry someone else. The process also legally divides marital assets and debts and determines the care and custody of the children.

In West Virginia the overwhelming majority of divorces are granted on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. This is West Virginia’s version of a no fault divorce. Choosing to proceed on irreconcilable difference does not mean you are agreeing on anything other than the reason for the divorce. The parties are still free to contest all issues and present their evidence.

In most divorces, the primary issues to be decided are alimony or spousal support, property division, and, if there are children, child custody, visitation, and child support. When spouses agree on how to resolve these issues, they can usually obtain a divorce quickly. However, in many cases, divorcing spouses have disputes regarding their post-marriage financial arrangements and the care and custody of their children. Property division and alimony are often hotly contested issues in divorce proceedings, but the early advice of a Family Law attorney at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, PLLC at either our Charleston or Hurricane locations may be able to impact the ultimate result favorably.
The care and upbringing of children following divorce is often an ongoing source of conflict for divorcing parents. Custody must address both physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody involves how the court will allocate time with the child between the parents. Legal custody involves allocating the decision making authority for the child concerning various topics such as education and medical care.

If the parents are unable to agree on a custody arrangement the court determines one for them. In the past, courts routinely gave mothers physical custody and gave fathers visitation rights. Today, the Courts decision is supposed to be gender neutral and the percentage of time a parent receives is based upon the amount of time they spent caring for the child while the family was intact.

The advice and assistance of a Family Law attorney at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, PLLC at either our Charleston or Hurricane locations can help parents to establish child custody and visitation agreements that focus on the best interests of the children.
Parents must financially support their children. In West Virginia that obligation usually lasts until the child reaches the age of 18 and has graduated from high school. Child support can last until a child is 20 so long as they are still enrolled in high school and making progress toward a diploma. Physically or mentally handicapped children can receive support for life.

A parent who fails to remain current on his or her child support obligations faces significant penalties. Because several factors will determine the amount of child support, parents can benefit from the advice and involvement of a family law attorney at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, PLLC at either our Charleston or Hurricane locations when child support issues arise.

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With offices conveniently located in Charleston and Hurricane, West Virginia

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