Kimberly Hughes Phillips

Kimberly Hughes Phillips

Norfolk, VA Family Law Attorney. Helping You Move Forward.
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Virginia
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I have practiced Family Law since graduating law school in 2005. I regularly provide counseling to clients on matters of divorce, equitable distribution, child custody and visitation, spousal and child support and adoptions. As an adoptive parent myself, I understand the blessing of building a family through the grace of adoption and I enjoy assisting families on this journey. I have had the great honor to meet my children's birth families and as a result I feel that I connect to both the adoptive parents as well as the birth parents, all of whom are making a forever family for a child.

Practicing Family Law in a military community comes as a challenge for many attorneys. I have been a military dependent my entire life. My father served in the United States Navy retiring as a Master Chief after 30 years and my husband served as an Infantry Officer in the Army for 26 years retiring as a Colonel. I understand the military lifestyle, culture, benefits, ranks, etc. because I have lived it. When a military member or family member has a family law need, I am prepared to help them move forward because I have the firsthand experience, training and knowledge.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Mastercard, Visa
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Phillips & Peters, PLLC
- Current
Law firm focused solely on the practice of Family Law
Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly PLC
Regent University School of Law
J.D. (2005) | Law
Honors: Dooner Scholarship
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Campbell University
M.Ed. (1995) | Elementary Education
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Old Dominion University
B.S. (1988) | Criminal Justice with a minor in Computer Science
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Top Lawyer - Adoption, Marital and Family Law
Coastal Virginia Magazine
Service Excellence Award
Norfolk Public Schools
Given in recognition for my efforts provided toward the Courtroom Law Mock Trial program.
Rising Star
SuperLawyers of Virginia
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Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 71359
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Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
Trustee Board Member
- Current
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Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
Executive Board Member, 2016-2017
- Current
Activities: Membership Committee, Chair; Professionalism Committee; Bench Bar Conference Committee Liaison; Mock Trial Committee Chair
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LEAD Hampton Roads
Class of 2017
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Chesapeake Bar Association
Board Member, President (2012)
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James Kent American Inns of Court
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Articles & Publications
Divorce Counterclaims: Not a Horse of a Different Color
Virginia State Bar Family Law News
Speaking Engagements
Parental Alienation, Is it a syndrome or simply poor parenting? , Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
Panel Discussion
Parental Alienation , Hearsay with Cathy Lewis on NPR
Guardians Ad Litem for Children
Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered

Q. Can my 13 year old step-daughter make the decision not to come visit us?
A: In Virginia, the preference of the child is one of many factors (10) the court considers when making a decision regarding custody and visitation. Further, the child's preference is only considered if it is reasonable and the court deems the child to be of reasonable intelligence, understanding, age and experience to express a preference. Your statement indicates that there is a "custody arrangement." If there is a custody order that allows for visitation, the order should be followed.
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Contact & Map
109 E. Main Street, Suite 600
109 E. Main Street, Suite 600
Norfolk, VA 23510
Telephone: (757) 320-4133
Fax: (757) 819-4670
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