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FAMILY LAW/DOMESTIC RELATIONS: George A. Christie

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George A. Christie
Christie, Kantor, Griffin, Smith, Shepherd & Chiusano PC
Virginia Beach


Title: President
Birthplace: Hampton
Education: Bachelor’s degree, College of William & Mary; law degree, University of Richmond School of Law
Current professional activities: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Wife: Stella Christie
Children: Christopher, 39; Jason, 34
Pets: Black lab
Hobbies: Racquetball, car racing
First job as a lawyer: Associate with Bashara & Hubbard
Fan of: New York Yankees
Career mentor: “My law partners”

What has been the most important recent change in family law?
“The most significant recent change in family law came to us as a result of the Supreme Court case of Gilliam v. McGrady, 279 Va. 703 (2010). Prior to the ruling, if the debt was created during the marriage, the courts and most practitioners applied the same presumptions and burdens of proof that related to the classification of marital property. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Gilliam has brought that practice to an immediate halt. As noted by the Supreme Court, we are strictly controlled by the statute itself, which applies no such presumptions to the classification and apportionment of marital debt. Henceforth, the only presumptions which apply to marital debt are those ‘traditional rules concerning the allocation of the burden of proof.’”


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