These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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73-Family Law Lawyers

77-Communicating with an Individual Adversary

A lawyer for one parent in a child custody matter may not directly communicate with the other parent absent that parent's lawyer's consent, because entry of a final decree in the child custody case does not normally end the matter. In a situation like this, a lawyer who is unsure if the other party is still unrepresented may write the other party for the sole purpose of determining if the party is represented by a lawyer (this rule would apply in litigation and non-litigation contexts).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn