Southern West Virginia Family Law

When you are fighting through a divorce or seeking protection under a domestic violence protection order (“DVP”) you have one thing in mind: peace. Summersville attorney Anthony Selbe takes his experience from the rough and chaotic world of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to the Family Courts of Nicholas, Braxton, Fayette, Raleigh, and Greenbrier Counties in West Virginia.


Custody Disputes


Divorce is hard. It’s messy. And it hurts. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t come out on the other side of it with some dignity and hope. Summersville Attorney Anthony Selbe has experience resolving simple, uncontested divorces, and complex and contentious divorces. 

West Virginia follows the “Families First” Doctrine in custody matters. The Court presumes that the best interest of a child is for both parents to have equal access. In many cases this is true. But in quite a few it isn’t. Attorney Selbe will walk you through the custody process in family court, telling what you need to hear, with the goal of protecting your parental rights now and in the future.


Domestic Violence Protection Orders


Everyone loves stories with happy endings. Attorney Selbe is no different. Adoptions are by far his favorite time to step into a courtroom. He has litigated both consented and contested adoptions, from trial court all the way through the appellate process. 

Nobody, let alone any West Virginian, should have to suffer through fear in the one place they should feel safe: a domestic relationship. Attorney Selbe will not shy away from prosecuting a domestic violence protection action and giving his clients the best chance to find safety and peace. 

Qualified Domestic Relations Order

Gray Divorces


If there is one good way to screw up a divorce, this is it. Most retirement plans are federally regulated under ERISA and require a Qualified Domestic Relations Order before funds are protected or disbursed. And a failure to cross all the “t’s” and dot all the “i’s” can result in you losing tens of thousands of dollars… or more. Forever. Attorney Selbe has successfully guided QDROs through family court for union pensions, 401ks, and federal pensions and savings plans, with many plans exceeding $1 million in benefits. And every one of his QDRO clients safely walked away with their share.

Gray divorces are becoming more common. Unlike a divorce where the parties are younger, they are unlikely to involve custody issues. However, they are more likely to involve complex financial issues. If you are in Nicholas, Braxton, Fayette, Raleigh, Greenbrier, or Kanawha County and find yourself facing a divorce in your golden years, let Attorney Selbe guide you through the process to protect your finances.