William C. Scott IV


William C. Scott IV, Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer

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Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer William C. Scott IV – widely known as “Scotty” Scott – is an experienced Virginia domestic relations attorney who, for over 17 years, has represented family law clients throughout the State of Virginia, including in and around Charlottesville, Richmond, Lynchburg, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, and the Northern Virginia cities and counties of Fairfax, Alexandria, Loudoun, and Fauquier. Scotty is a trial lawyer who has helped hundreds of clients navigate the complicated areas of divorce litigation in the courts of the Commonwealth, including equitable distribution of property, child support, spousal support and child custody and visitation disputes. In complex cases, Scotty utilizes experts in the fields of accounting, valuation and psychology to assist him in reaching the best results for his clients both in and out of the courtroom.

Although a strong and skilled litigator, Scotty recognizes the value of negotiated settlements, and he has extensive experience drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, and property settlement agreements. Scotty is also trained in the collaborative law process and, in appropriate cases, he represents clients in this form of alternative dispute resolution where the parties and their counsel cooperate and work together to seek a mutual resolution of their divorce and related issues.

Scotty frequently lectures to other attorneys at continuing legal education conferences and he has spoken on a wide variety of domestic relations topics to members of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Such topics include valuing closely-held corporations, the law of spousal support, relocation of parent and child in a child custody case, determining the separate and marital shares of real estate utilizing the Brandenburg formula and other methods, protecting clients in separation agreements when one party may file for bankruptcy, and a wide variety of other topics. In addition to his speaking engagements, Scotty has also written a number of articles on divorce law matters, including co-authoring an article entitled “Private Schools and Child Support” in the VTLA Journal; “Qualified Medical Child Support Orders” in the VTLA Journal; and “Out of State Subpoenas – Are They Unethical and Unenforceable?,” in the VTLA Journal. Scotty is also the author of Chapter 5 of the Virginia CLE treatise “Negotiating and Drafting Marital Agreements.”

Scotty’s commitment to his clients and to his profession is illustrated by his election as Chairman of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s state-wide Family Law Section, serving from 2006 – 2007, as well as his current service on the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section’s Board of Governors. Since 2011, Scotty has been recognized by the prestigious “Best Lawyers in America” publication as one of the leading divorce lawyers in Virginia. In 2012, he was named a “Legal Eagle” by Virginia Living magazine as one of Virginia’s best divorce lawyers, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch named Scotty as one of Virginia’s “Top Rated Lawyers” in the area of domestic relations law.

Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer

As a Charlottesville divorce lawyer, Scotty has experience representing clients in all types and phases of domestic relations litigation, including at-fault and no-fault divorces, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and equitable distribution of property in Virginia Circuit Courts and child custody and visitation, child support and spousal support, and protective order hearings in Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts. Scotty also practices appellate litigation in the Court of Appeals of Virginia with many published and unpublished decisions from that superior Court.

Virginia Divorce Attorney

Scotty has experience as a divorce attorney throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia drafting comprehensive premarital, separation, and settlement agreements, including those for clients who own closely-held corporations and other types of businesses and those with extensive estates.

Sample Representations

To learn more about Scotty’s services as a Charlottesville divorce lawyer or as a Virginia divorce attorney please call Scotty at 434-817-3100 or contact him by email at scott@martinwrenlaw.com.

Practice Areas

  • Virginia
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Family Law Section member since 1996, Chairman, 2006-07
    • Board of Governors member, 2006-07
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Family Law Section member since 1996
    • Board of Governors member since 2009
  • Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court
    • Secretary/Treasurer 1997-98
  • Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association
Honors and Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America,2011 – present
  • A“Top Rated Lawyer” in Virginia,Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • “Legal Eagle,” Best Lawyers in Virginia, Family Law,Virginia Living
  • Judicial Law Clerk, City of Norfolk Circuit Court
Community Involvement
  • Charlottesville Community Scholarship Program, Board of Directors 2010-13

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