Debra C. Albiston

    Of Counsel • Chair of Family Law
    Office: Virginia Beach
    Admissions: Virginia


    Debbie has more than 30 years experience handling all aspects of family law. She is the Chair of the Family Law Practice Group at Kaufman & Canoles. Her practice includes contested and uncontested divorce, custody, support, equitable distribution (Virginia’s division of property law), post-divorce matters and pre-marital, marital and separation agreements. Debbie practices in all of the local circuit courts, juvenile and domestic relations district courts, and has argued cases in the Virginia Court of Appeals and Virginia Supreme Court.


    Representative Matters

    • Represents business owners or their spouse in divorces requiring expertise in business valuations
    • Represents military members or their spouse requiring knowledge of military laws and the division of military pensions
    • Prepares and reviews prenuptial agreements to protect assets owned prior to marriage
    • Represents both the professional spouse and the spouse who has been out of the job market during the marriage
    • Represents mothers/fathers/grandparents in contested custody litigation and support matters
    • Handled multiple cases involving complex issues of tracing separate/marital property interests that have been commingled during the marriage

    Recognition & Honors

    • Norfolk Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2021
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2021
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2007-2009, 2011, 2013, 2015-2020
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004-2006, 2008-2020
    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ Magazine, 2017-2021
    • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell


    • American Bar Association; Family Law Section
    • Virginia State Bar; Family Law Section
    • Virginia State Bar; Domestic Relations Council
    • Second District Disciplinary Committee
    • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Virginia Beach Bar Association

    Court Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Virginia, 1983
    • U.S. District Court; Eastern District of Virginia, 1984


    • George Mason University; B.A., 1980
    • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 1983

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