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Michael Christopher Miller

Michael Christopher Miller

Cole Miller PLLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence
  • Ohio, Virginia
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Michael Miller is a partner at Cole Miller PLLC, located in Vienna, Virginia. Providing representation to clients in the northern part of the state, in particular the area adjacent to the District of Columbia, he focuses his practice entirely on family law matters, including divorce and such related issues as property division, child custody and visitation, alimony and child support. Mr. Miller also has experience with the preparation of wills and other estate planning documents.

Mr. Miller is especially well-positioned to represent armed forces personnel who are going through a divorce after serving for seven years as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps. His duties in that position often involved acting as defense counsel at court martial trials that concerned child or spousal abuse. When managing the legal assistance office at Camp Lejeune, he oversaw many family law cases involving divorce or support. In his position as the staff judge advocate of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he continued to counsel service members grappling with family law problems. During another assignment at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, he trained judge advocates and paralegals on family law and estate planning subjects.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Miller attended The University of Utah and received a Bachelor of Science in accounting in 1988. He then pursued his legal education at the University of Akron School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1991. Admitted to practice before all Virginia state courts, he has been in private practice since 1999. Mr. Miller is a member of the Domestic Relations Section of The Virginia Bar Association.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Initial consultation - $300 Hourly rate - varies
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding member
Cole Miller PLLC
- Current
Maddox, Cole and Miller, P.C.
Judge Advocate
United States Marine Corps
University of Akron
J.D. | law
University of Utah
B.S. | Accounting
Super Lawyer
Professional Associations
Virginia Bar Association
Chair, Domestic Relations Section
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Articles & Publications
Top Mistakes in Military Divorce
National Business Institute
Speaking Engagements
Top Mistakes in Military Divorce, webcast
National Business Institute
Judge Advocate
United States Marine Corps
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Legal Answers
123 Questions Answered

Q. Does alimony have an end date for a marriage of less than 15 years in Virginia?
A: The order that provides for spousal support will provide its terminating conditions. Spousal support can end upon the death of either party, or the recipient's remarriage or cohabitation for a year. If the court ordered support, then it can likely be modified upon showing a material change of circumstances. Whether retirement constitutes a material change, or can give rise to a modification, is a frequently contested issue. If support was set by agreement, it is not uncommon for agreements to provides that support is non-modifiable or subject to limited modifiability.
Q. If I have a Divorce agreement that states
A: If you and your daughter can be on his policy, he provides insurance at his cost. If you and your daughter can't be on his policy, but can subscribe to continuation, i.e., COBRA, coverage, he will sign the form, but you pay. You pay for your and your daughter's care expenses not paid by insurance.
Q. Non-Custodial moved to NC and order is in GA. Which state handles 3 year modification calc?
A: Once a state issues a custody order, it has sole and exclusive jurisdiction to modify that order so long as a parent or child continue to reside in the state. When everyone moves from the state, and after 6 months, the jurisdiction to modify moves to where the child resides.
Q. My child graduated high school in June but turns 18 later this year. Am I obligated to pay support through 18 or grad?
A: Child support goes until age 18. However, if the child is still in high school on his or her 18th birthday, then support continues until age 19 or graduation, whichever first occurs.
Q. Child support - which state guidelines are followed when moving?
A: A state can only modify the provisions of an order that the state that issued the order can modify. NY cannot modify child support for any age but 21, therefore VA will enforce child support until age 21. There is no less duration of support option available to the payor. VA could modify the amount until then as could NY.
Q. Who can I talk with about obtaining copies of Divorce Decrees from years ago so that I can file for Social Security?
A: The clerk of court where the divorce was filed.
Q. Child support questions in Virginia?
A: Unless the parents agree otherwise, child support ends at age 18 or high school graduation, unless there is some permanent disability. Often times settlement agreement do have college expense obligations that are separate from child support obligations. Any financial arrangement after child support ends is between the parent and child as they agree.
Q. Can you receive back child support if there was no court order ?
A: Support may only be retroactively applied back to the date a petition for support was filed.
Q. what is the law for serving by publication out of state
A: Service by publication is the last resort for service when one cannot find the person to be served. Provide the GAL your address so the GAL can serve you directly. Also, file your address with the court(s) so no one can say they don't know where to serve you.
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Vienna, VA 22182
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