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Harris Wayne Leiner

Barnes & Diehl PC

Title: Shareholder

Birthplace:  Annandale

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Florida; law degree, University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law

Spouse:  Lisa H. Leiner, an attorney with Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman

Children:  Megan and Elizabeth

Hobbies or pastimes: Playing bass guitar for local cover band Sloth Loves Chunk, working out at West End CrossFit, serving as head coach for Shady Grove YMCA Cross Country Team (my daughters are on the team) and training for my first sprint triathlon  

First job as a lawyer:  Associate with Byrd, Mische PC

Fan of: University of Florida. Go Gators!

Favorite vacation spot:  Bald Head Island, N.C.

Recently read books: “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole; “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Career mentor:  Ed Barnes

What trends are you seeing in family law? One trend I have noticed is courts moving more toward 50/50 custody arrangements. When I started practicing I think that judges saw split custody arrangements as very fair to mom, very fair to dad, but very unfair to the child. However, as numerous studies have come out showing the positive impacts of a more evenly divided schedule, courts seem to be increasingly willing to look at 50/50 as a viable option.

Are divorces more difficult when the husband and wife are both owners of a business? Yes, divorces can become a lot more complicated when the parties are each owners of a business. This is both because of the subjective nature of business evaluation as well as the emotional factor of having two people who have poured their heart and soul into a business and are now being forced to either relinquish ownership or pay an ex-spouse for their share of the business.

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