My Legal Case Coach

My Legal Case Coach

My Legal Case Coach is a legal coaching service designed to assist individuals representing themselves in a Virginia civil court matter. We offer comprehensive DIY case form packets and one-to-one virtual coaching sessions with a licensed attorney.

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At My Legal Case Coach, we offer customized help and insight on family law and probate matters. If you or someone you know is looking to represent themselves in court but would like some support from an experienced attorney, contact us today.

Some divorcing couples spend an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and money fighting each other tooth and nail to "get back" at each other for ending the marriage. Divorce doesn't have to be this way, and even if you're not on amicable terms with your soon-to-be-ex, there's no reason to squander your resources trying to hurt each other.

If you're facing a DIY divorce, My Legal Case Coach can help you streamline the process with our customizable legal case forms and 1:1 phone or video coaching with an experienced family law attorney. Our goal is to help you make your divorce go as smoothly as possible, even if your spouse is retaining an attorney.

Get in touch with us to schedule your free consultation and discuss your case:

It can be intimidating to face a court case all on your own. Fortunately, with My Legal Case Coach, you don't have to.

We work with Virginia residents on a wide range of DIY family law matters (divorce, custody/visitation, step-parent adoption, guardianship/conservatorship, name changes, and more), as well as probate matters. With our unique combination of easy-to-use legal case form packets and flexible 1:1 legal coaching, you'll gain the confidence you need to prepare and present your case.

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Some parents whose relationship has ended are comfortable collaborating with each other and working as a team to raise their child. However, if you and your child’s other parent are not on amicable terms and want to keep your interactions as separate as possible, parallel parenting may be a good option.

In practice, each parent operates “in parallel” with the other. Parallel parents do not attend any events, appointments or other activities together. Every interaction with their child is separate, as there tends to be tension otherwise. Communication is typically kept to a minimum and is business-like in nature. They may discuss major issues, but day-to-day decisions are largely carried out independently of one another.

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Interstate Custody Arrangements: What You Need to Know

If you and your child's other parent got divorced in Virginia and one of you moves out of state, you may need to set up an interstate custody arrangement. Each state's family laws can differ, so your plan must navigate these differences while ensuring a fair balance for both parents and the minor child(ren).

In our latest blog, we discuss the basics of interstate custody and some potential considerations you may face as you create your parenting plan. If you and your child's other parent got divorced in VA and one of you moves out of state, you may need an interstate custody arrangement.

Nothing matters more than being able to spend quality time with your child. If you need to update an existing custody/visitation order, My Legal Case Coach can help.

We offer templatized legal case form packets for cases in Virginia's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts and Circuit Courts, along with individualized legal coaching via phone or video call. Schedule a free 15-minute call to speak with one of our experienced Case Coaches about your circumstances today:

If you and your spouse are discussing divorce, you might be looking back at your marriage and wondering where it all went wrong. While self-reflection can help you learn from the past, it's important not to dwell on it and live in that space.

If you've made the decision to separate, the best thing you can do for yourself is look forward and begin visualizing your new life. My Legal Case Coach can help you take that first step with our Marital Settlement Agreement and Uncontested Divorce case form packets, each of which comes with one free hour of 1:1 virtual legal coaching. Take our brief quiz at to find out which of our packets is right for you.

My Legal Case Coach gives you more than a packet of DIY legal case forms. With each packet purchase, you'll receive one FREE hour of 1:1 virtual coaching with an experienced Virginia attorney, on your schedule.

If an hour isn't enough to answer all your case questions, we also offer flexible, affordable options for additional coaching time. Visit to learn more about what we do.

Divorce Coach vs. Legal Coach: What’s the Difference?

If you're facing a divorce and want to represent yourself in court, you might think a divorce coach is the best person to help you through the process. However, these coaches don't necessarily give you the detailed legal guidance you'd get from an experienced legal coach.

There are a few crucial things to consider before choosing to hire a divorce or legal coach. In our latest blog, we explore the difference between the two, and what kind of help you should seek for your DIY divorce. If you're representing yourself in a divorce, you can hire a coach to help. Here's the difference between a divorce coach and a legal coach.

Third-party custody and guardianship both deal with cases where neither of a child’s natural parents can continue caring for them. However, there are some key difference between the two types of arrangements.

A third-party custodian has rights similar to those of a natural parent and can register the child for school, place them on their health insurance through their employer, apply for a passport for travel, and much more. A third-party guardianship, on the other hand, allows natural parents to place their minor children with a trusted friend or relative during their absence – without forfeiting the status as legal custodian of their child. Unlike a custodian, a legal guardian is subject to taking an Oath of Office and submit annual court reports.

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In a family law matter, you have one priority: The best possible outcome for your child. At My Legal Case Coach, we help Virginia residents work toward optimal results in their DIY legal matters, including divorce, custody and visitation, child support, and more.

If you have an upcoming case and need legal guidance, schedule a free 15-minute consultation with us to learn how we can help:

Getting the help you need for your pending divorce shouldn't have to wait for an attorney's office hours. With My Legal Case Coach, you'll receive ongoing legal support with your case, entirely on your schedule.

We make ourselves available for virtual phone or video coaching sessions, not only during traditional "work hours," but also early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Contact us today to learn how we can help you through this difficult time:

We can't always control our lives as much as we wish, but we can trust that good things are still coming, no matter what turmoil may precede it. You might be in the midst of a thunderstorm right now, but that rain will only feed the flowers that bloom in your future. Keep going. Trust your fate. Know that life goes on and things do get better.

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Divorce is never easy, and it can be intimidating to tackle it on your own. Whether you've just begun the separation process, have a pending divorce case, or need to change an existing family court order, My Legal Case can guide you through the DIY legal process through 1:1 virtual coaching and legal case form packets.

With nearly 20 years of family law experience, we are here to help Virginia families through life's most difficult moments. For more information, schedule your free consultation at

Facing a DIY legal case in Virginia? My Legal Case Coach offers flexible 1:1 coaching with a licensed Virginia attorney, along with the templatized legal forms you'll need for your specific case.

Your Case Coach will provide customized support and legal insights on your schedule, so you can feel more confident filing in court. We have 3-hour, 5-hour or 10-hour prepaid coaching packages available, as well as hourly a la carte options, depending on your budget and needs. Check out for more information.

Parallel Parenting: What Is It and Is It Right for My Family?

A parallel parenting agreement allows separated or divorced parents to build a relationship with their child, without letting their personal issues interfere. Learn more about parallel parenting and what it might mean for your family. Separated parents must decide how they want to raise their child. For parents who are not on amicable terms, parallel parenting may be the best option.

When something we thought would last a lifetime comes to an end, we often question ourselves. We doubt every decision, every feeling, every step we have taken. You may wonder: How did I get here? How did I let this happen? How could I have been so blind?

The truth is, life is messy, and love doesn’t always equal a happy marriage. It's okay to reach a dead-end you didn't think you would reach with your spouse. It's okay to start a new journey.

It's also okay to mourn something while still understanding it no longer serves you. Let yourself feel, so you can heal.

If you're going through a separation or divorce in Virginia, contact My Legal Case Coach to find out how we can guide you through the DIY legal process. Visit to book your complimentary consultation call.

A premarital agreement, also called a prenuptial agreement or "prenup," is a legal document that protects both the legal assets a spouse-to-be is bringing into the marriage as well as assets they acquire separately in their name during the marriage -- and what would happen if the event of a future divorce.

When drafting your agreement, you'll want to include provisions that deal with the treatment of pre-marital and marital property, protection from one another’s debts, protection of retirement, the division of commingled assets, treatment of spousal support, possible consequential damages for infidelity or mismanagement of assets, the distribution of all such assets in case of divorce, and the role of each spouse in the event one spouse becomes incapacitated during the marriage.

Need to create a premarital agreement? My Legal Case Coach can help you draft your own using our easy-to-use, templatized DIY case forms packet plus one free hour of virtual 1:1 coaching. We also offer affordable blocks of ongoing coaching time in 3-hour, 5-hour or even 10-hour blocks to ensure you have access to the guidance of an experienced attorney every step of the way. Visit to get started.

Third-Party Custody vs. Guardianship: What's the Difference?

While courts generally prefer that minor children remain in the care of a natural or birth parent, there may be circumstances in which it may become necessary to grant custody or guardianship to a non-parent, third-party. However, these two legal arrangements are not the same, so it's important to understand the differences.

In our latest blog, we explain custody versus guardianship and when it makes sense to choose one over the other. While courts generally prefer minor children to remain in the care of a parent, third-party custody or guardianship may be granted to a non-parent.

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Your child's well-being is your top priority. Sometimes, this means making some very difficult decisions regarding how to develop an amicable custody and visitation plan for a minor child.

If you and your child's other parent are separated, there are many factors to consider when choosing the right arrangement. My Legal Case Coach can guide you through the legal process and help you properly present your case in court, so you can rest assured your child is in good hands.

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Goodbyes. Closed doors. Dead-end roads. While they might symbolize an ending, they can also represent a new beginning. It's never too late to start over. To say hello. To open a different door. To travel a new road.

Divorce is not the end of your story -- it's the end of a chapter. Don't be afraid to start the next.

If you're contemplating separation and divorce in Virginia, My Legal Case Coach can help. Book a free consultation:

5 Tips for your Virtual Family Court Hearing

Have a virtual court hearing scheduled? Some great advice here from The Divorce Lawyer Life: It’s no secret that COVID-19 has required us to move many parts of our life online. Why shouldn’t the court system be online as well? Get my 5 must have tips for your first virtual fami…

Need legal support but can't afford to retain an attorney? With My Legal Case Coach, you'll get an experienced legal case coach in your corner, so you can represent yourself with the right support and guidance, at an affordable price.

We offer ongoing virtual legal coaching packages for as little as $100 an hour, to ensure you have hands-on help with drafting, trial preparation, and more. Better yet, you can work with your coach on your schedule with flexible late evening and weekend hours available and self-scheduling when you’re ready for a virtual coaching session.

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As a single parent, you need to think about who could step in and care for your little one if you ever couldn't be there yourself.

It can be scary to think about appointing a legal guardian for your minor child, but we're here to guide you through the process. If you're considering a guardianship arrangement, contact My Legal Case Coach today to learn how we can help you:

Sole vs. Joint Legal Custody: Which Is Best for Us?

If you and your spouse are filing for divorce with minor children, you'll need to decide on sole vs. joint (shared) legal custody. Our latest blog breaks down the differences and how to decide which is right for your family. If you're filing for divorce in Virginia with minor children, you'll need to decide on sole vs. joint legal custody. Here's how to choose.

If someone names you as the executor of their estate, your job is to ensure the provisions of the Will and other affairs are properly handled and the named beneficiaries receive their inheritance. However, you'll want to prepare for the potential challenges you might face in this role. Some common ones include:

- Dispute with beneficiaries
- Time/travel commitment
- Personal liability if debts and tax obligations are not met
- Out-of-pocket expenses

For more information on handling such executor challenges, check out our blog post:

When you said "I do" to your spouse, you weren't anticipating a divorce. But life is complicated, and sometimes things don't go as planned. But sometimes, things also fall apart so something better can come together.

Trust your journey and understand that divorce does not mean failure. Ask yourself what you learned. How can you use this time to develop more self-love? How can you grow from this experience?

If you need legal support through your DIY Virginia divorce, book a free consultation with My Legal Case Coach:

Divorce can be messy, especially if you have minor children. You want what's best for your kids, so it's important to agree on a custody and visitation arrangement that works for your children, your spouse and yourself.

My Legal Case Coach can help you achieve this. We offer one free hour of virtual legal coaching with a licensed Virginia attorney when you purchase any of our convenient DIY case form packets.

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Drafting a Premarital Agreement: Questions to Ask

Many engaged couples who had planned a 2020 wedding have been forced to postpone their celebration in light of COVID-19. Now, these couples have a lot more time to ponder the legal aspects of marriage rather than just focusing on the big day.

While you and your fiancé are quarantined, take some time to consider creating a prenuptial or premarital agreement to protect the assets you're each bringing to the marriage. Here's what you need to know about prenups and what to include in yours. A premarital agreement helps couples define and divide their assets, but knowing what to include isn’t always clear-cut. Here's what you need to know.

DIY Legal No Longer Means Doing It Alone

My name is Patricia E. Tichenor, founder and principal attorney with My Legal Case Coach. I've spent most of my career working with Northern Virginia families on a variety of family law and estate planning matters, including divorce, settlement and prenuptial agreements, child custody and support matters, step-parent adoption, guardianship and conservatorship, probate and estate administration, and more. I earned my law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, where I graduated cm laude in 1996. After five years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the General Counsel, I opened my own law practice in Leesburg, Virginia in 2001. My primary focus was providing strong personal advocacy and compassionate legal advice to clients in various legal matters.

In my nearly two decades of practice, I met many individuals who simply did not have the financial means to hire an attorney to fully represent them in their civil court matter. I found it very difficult to turn away these individuals, and, at times, I would try to provide "advisory only services" to assist them in representing themselves. In 2018, I decided to take the forms and documents I developed over my many years of legal practice, along with my prior case coaching experience, and launch a first of its kind, online DIY legal case coaching platform: My Legal Case Coach (MLCC). Many people filing civil cases choose to represent themselves to save on attorney fees, but it can be confusing and intimidating to navigate the court system all on your own. The key to success for any DIY legal matter is having someone in your corner to hold your hand through the process; specifically, an experienced attorney who has been there, prepared the kinds of documents you might need to prepare, and understands what you will need to do to properly prepare your own case in a logical, step-by-step manner. Let's face it, handling your own legal case comes with extraordinary stress and anxiety. The key to your preparation is not just having the right packet of forms but, also, having the right mindset to get through what may be one of the most difficult times in your life. MLCC is here to help you keep proper mental focus by offering the kind of hands-on coaching you may genuinely need to get through the challenges of handling your own DIY legal case. With MLCC, you will get more than just a packet of forms. You will also receive one hour of complimentary coaching services with me or another experienced attorney with any packet purchased from MLCC. In addition, you will have the option to purchase reasonably priced blocks of additional pre-paid coaching time, should you have a legal case that you feel requires more hand-holding or customized assistance from us. Lastly, you will have access to complimentary webinars intended to provide further guidance and support.

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