During your separation and divorce, or your child custody and support dispute, Evolution is all those things for you – an experienced divorce lawyer who is right beside you as you walk through what can sometimes be a long and overwhelming process.
An accomplished Richmond divorce and family lawyer, Chris Macturk wanted to change how he priced his services in a way that offered a closer, transparent, and unfettered working relationship with his clients. Often hearing complaints about the uncertainties and anxieties presented by hourly billing, he decided to change his business model and open a firm offering Pre-Agreed Pricing. Evolution was born.
Chris has guided hundreds of individuals through separations, divorces and disputes over children and support. A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Chris is also past President of both the Henrico County Bar Association and the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association. He is an active member of the Domestic Relations Section of the Virginia Bar Association and the City of Richmond Bar Association, having recently served as the chairperson of its Pro Bono Committee. Chris has also participated in many seminars and written a number of articles about family law.
Chris met his wife, Cynthia, while they both attended the University of Richmond. They have three sons and spend much of their time at Tuckahoe Little League – Go, Go Tuckahoe!
- Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association, President (2012-2013)
- Henrico County Bar Association, President (2008-2009)
- Virginia Bar Association, Domestic Relations Section, Council Member (2015-Current)
- City of Richmond Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee Chair (2016)
- Collaborative Professionals of Richmond, Member
- Virginia Collaborative Professionals, Member
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
- City of Richmond Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee Member
- Henrico County Bar Association, Past Pro Bono Coordinator
- City of Richmond Bench Bar Committee, Past Member
Educate. Build trust. Move forward.
It’s a clear and simple approach that Rebecca Zimmerman takes to serving divorce and family law clients as they face often challenging roads ahead. “It’s important for me to listen, understand each person’s circumstances, and provide them with options so they can move forward in a positive direction,” she says. “My goal is to make sure you feel at ease and to help you make a decision as to where you want to go next.”
Rebecca joined Evolution in 2019. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she dual-majored in in English and history. She earned a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review. Prior to law school, Rebecca worked as a litigation paralegal at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, serving large corporate clients and offering support to attorneys in multi-week trials.
Working in family law has given Rebecca the chance to positively impact people’s daily, personal lives. During law school, she completed internships at Children’s Law Center, the Columbus Community Legal Services Families and the Law Clinic (FALC), and in the Arlington County Circuit Court judge’s chambers. Rebecca dedicated more than 300 hours to pro bono legal projects, including providing free tax-preparation services for indigent D.C. residents. She is a recipient of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference’s Significant Service Award, recognizing attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding service to the legal profession and community.
A Hanover County native, Rebecca, her husband, young son, and two dogs moved back to the Richmond area in 2018 after a decade in D.C. and Northern Virginia. There, she practiced family law at Nichols Zauzig Sandler, following a judicial clerkship in the Prince William County Circuit Court with the Hon. Richard B. Potter (ret.). “Moving back to the Richmond area has been a wonderful opportunity to re-discover the city from a new perspective as a parent and as an adult,” Rebecca says.
“I will always do my very best to help clients negotiate an agreement to resolve issues outside of court when it makes sense for their situation. This allows clients to have a say in the ultimate resolution of their case without the stress, anxiety and added cost that often accompanies litigation. I also encourage clients – and really, anyone going through difficult family struggles — to ensure they have a support system in place: Friends. Family members. A therapist. I’m here to educate you, give you legal guidance and chart a path forward. But having a support system is also essential to getting you through.”
- Professionals Associations and Memberships
- Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section
- Virginia Bar Association
- Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association
- Prince William County Bar Association, Past Member
- Fairfax County Bar Association, Past Member
- Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Prince William County, Past Member
When you reach out to us, it’s likely the voice on the other end of the phone will be that of Suzannah Carretto. Our first hire, Suzannah is studying to become a paralegal with the goal of eventually going to law school. At Evolution, she’s honing her skills as a multitasker, keeping our attorneys organized and updated on divorce and child-custody proceedings. More importantly, she is there to listen to new and current clients, understand their personal story, and gather information to help us set the proper legal course of action.
Suzannah is a 2015 graduate of the University of Mary Washington, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in history and served on the university’s judicial review board. She is enrolled at the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies in its paralegal studies program.
With a lifelong appreciation for history, Suzannah is a regular volunteer with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, using her knowledge to preserve the past for our region’s future. She compiles and transcribes historical documents in preparation for upcoming exhibits to ensure a cohesive and coherent record of materials. Suzannah also practices Scottish Highland dancing (at one time, competitively) in the greater Richmond area. And she enjoys catching live music downtown at The National.
“When a new client calls, I let them talk for as long as they need to. This is a safe outlet. At the same time, I am actively gathering information to best understand their needs so that we can provide the best, most practical client service and achieve the best results.”
You be the judge.
The Evolution Service Pledge
Evolution Divorce is committed to exceptional client service.
If I don’t provide a high-level of service – good enough to earn your referral to others – then I will provide you with the opportunity to adjust your final payment.
Chris met me on one of the worst days of my life. He was so caring and compassionate that day and continued to be that way throughout the whole process. He kept me informed, was easy to get in contact with, and made me feel like my son and I’s future mattered. The set pricing was a major bonus as well! Overall, it was a sad, frustrating rollercoaster ride that I never want to get on again — but I’m glad I walked into his office that day, and had him by my side fighting for what was right.
Chris was exceptional, to say the least. He was personable, kind and able give his honest opinion without sounding too harsh or superficially nice. Before getting to know my case, Chris made getting to know me as a person his first priority, which I appreciated. He had the best outcome in mind for my entire family, especially the long term interests of my children— but made it clear that at the end of the day, he was ultimately on my side. And as for the pre-agreed pricing approach— I had no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be an added bonus that saved me stress and money. I took a leap of faith and put my trust in Chris— and I’m so glad I did.
Working with Chris was great! He’s personable, competent, and made everything so, so easy. I came to Chris for a pre-nuptial agreement, which was more of a celebratory process—Chris genuinely shared my joy, and it made all the difference. He was extremely thorough in translating the legal jargon so that I understood everything that was going on. Chris was great about giving and explaining every option—both the pros and the cons— and gave his opinion, but never pushed. I loved the pre-agreed pricing approach that he gave me— I knew exactly what to expect at the end of this process, which was helpful since there was a wedding in the works, too. All in all, Chris was a great lawyer and I would recommend him to anyone I know.
My experience working with Chris was fantastic. He was there for me through the entirety of the divorce and I could reach him whenever I needed him. He helped me to fully understand everything that goes into the process of something like this and during times when I needed extra help, Chris was there for me and gave me sound advice. I cannot express how helpful his personal attention and excellent assistance was to me. And his pre-approved pricing plan was just icing on the cake! His pricing provided clarity and made my time of need hassle-free. In a situation where court fees can get out of hand, his stability was refreshing. I knew exactly what to expect with him. And that reliability made all the difference.
I have been Chris’s client before he started his own firm. I reached out to him again because my current case was related to my previous. Chris reviewed my cases thoroughly, both previous and current, and researched carefully to find the best solution for me. The process was seamless. Chris was courteous and friendly, was always willing to do more research upon my request, and gave me helpful advice and guidance. He never pressured me into any decision. I found Chris’ pre-agreed pricing approach fair and uncomplicated. It put my mind at ease knowing that I could correspond with Chris whenever I needed him without feeling as if a clock was running, especially since my case ended up taking longer than expected. Chris respected my thoughts and opinions which shows that he truly cares about his clients’ well being.