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
- City of Richmond Bar Association, Past Pro Bono Committee Member
- Henrico County Bar Association, Past Pro Bono Coordinator
- City of Richmond Bench Bar Committee, Past Member
- Virginia Bar Association, Domestic Relations Section, Section Vice Chair (2020)
- City of Richmond Bar Association, Administration of Justice Committee Member
Her introduction to the legal field came when she was a deputy clerk at the Washington County Circuit Court in Southwest Virginia for two years while earning her political science degree from Emory & Henry College.
She was impressed at how confident and capable lawyers at the court were when assisting their clients. “People were able to leave the court better than when they walked into it, and could get their problems handled thanks to their attorney,” Taylor recalls. It was an experience that solidified her decision to become a lawyer.
After graduating from Emory & Henry College— where she was president of the College Senate, played on the women’s basketball team, and was elected senior orator to give the college’s commencement speech — Taylor enrolled at the University of Richmond School of Law, focused on family law.
“In a family practice, you get to work with the juvenile and domestic relations court, defend children, help people get out of marriages, and figure out custody agreements,” she says. “Family court is more of a solutions-based court.”
While earning her law degree, Taylor returned to Washington County to intern at the commonwealth attorney’s office there. She also worked on the defense side during an internship at a law firm in Abingdon, defending people accused of misdemeanors. Back in Richmond, she represented children and parents for the University or Richmond’s Children’s Defense Clinic.
Beyond the courtroom, Taylor also has experience with lawmaking. She interned at McGuireWoods Consulting during the 2020 Virginia General Assembly Session, tracking legislation and analyzing bills. And she was a legislative aide to state Sen. Jennifer McClellan during the 2021 legislative session and an intern during the 2019 session.
Taylor grew up in Hanover County and joined Evolution Divorce & Family Law in 2021, working on divorce and child support cases. “My goal is to bring patience and understanding to every client to help them reach the best possible outcome,” she says.
Kaelyn is the first voice you’ll hear when you call our firm, and the first face you’ll see when you walk in. Hers is a special role — the first impression — that sets the stage for every client’s relationship.
“Working in law, I’ve found, is the best way I can use my skills to help people and make a difference for those who are in a difficult situation,” says Kaelyn, who keeps our attorneys organized as she pursues a bachelor of science degree in paralegal studies from the University of Richmond.
As the firm’s legal assistant, Kaelyn is tasked with scheduling appointments, drafting documents, ensuring filing deadlines are met, and, for clients, helping quell anxiety and fear that most divorce and child custody clients feel.
From the first meeting with a person in need, “I want them to feel as though they had a huge weight lifted off their shoulders,” she says. That reassurance, she notes, is thanks in part to Evolution’s pre-agreed pricing model: a flat fee, not hourly rates. “For a client to come in and know how much they are going to pay for their case gives them huge peace of mind.”
Family law was the first course she took and sparked her interest in a legal profession. One former law professor, a 35-year-practicing attorney, noted her “ability to grasp complex legal concepts quickly, and then effectively convey them through her writing.”
“I’ve had the honor of being taught by amazing professors while pursuing my education in the legal field. I have huge respect for them, and aspire to emulate them as best I can,” she says. “I include [lead Evolution attorney] Chris Macturk in this, as he’s incredibly patient in explaining, instructing, and mentoring me in my position here.”
While technically a Richmond Spider, Kaelyn is a Ram at heart; she loves attending VCU men’s basketball games with friends. Along with spending time with her family, Kaelyn enjoys visiting Virginia wineries, listening to true crime podcasts, and taking in independent films (she’s never missed an Oscars broadcast).
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.
I needed help with a property settlement agreement in order to complete my divorce. I had already worked with two attorneys and neither were a good fit for me and my situation.
While the thought of seeking yet another lawyer was daunting and stressful, a divorce resource program recommended Evolution Divorce and I reached out to Chris.
From the beginning, Chris, Makiba and Kaelyn were very helpful. No matter how many questions I had about the process, they were patient and thoughtful and answered my questions thoroughly.
Besides the emotional toll, the cost of divorce weighed on me, particularly as my case took nearly three years from start to finish. I was facing single parenthood and drastic changes in my life after more than 20 years of marriage. However, Chris’s pre-agreed pricing system were vital in helping me get through those long years. That, plus Chris and his team treated me with respect.
We were prepared to go to court but with Chris’s help, my case was settled. Divorce is hard enough. It’s important to find someone who will fight for you while also helping you advocate for yourself.
I was referred to Evolution by another lawyer who thought Chris might be a good fit for my situation. I was looking to end an engagement and there were some legal circumstances that required the help of a lawyer.
Chris was incredibly patient with me. He answered all of my questions, sometimes multiple times, and walked me through the various scenarios of my case until I clearly understood all of my options and the potential outcomes. Once we settled on a strategy, Chris was in constant communication with me throughout the process. Even after we reached the end, he continued to follow up, to make sure I was happy with the results.
Chris's cost structure was a huge help. I knew exactly what his services would cost and what those fees included, and his fees were fair.
I came to Chris in 2020 when I decided to get a divorce. Finding the right attorney to represent me was important, but I didn’t know where to start. I asked trusted co-workers who had been through similar experiences if they could recommend a lawyer, and one of them who’d gone through a terrible divorce recommended Chris. After calling and talking with him, I decided to let him represent me.My situation was pretty cut and dry – no unique circumstances. Yet Chris and his staff worked tirelessly to make me feel at ease. Chris was patient and he was willing to take the time to answer my questions and walk me through this process in a clear, concise manner. He and his team responded quickly when I needed them.Best of all, Chris’s pre-agreed pricing gave me peace of mind. Even in divorce proceedings like mine, which were fairly straightforward, you’re not sure how the other person is going to respond and what costs may arise. I liked that Chris gauged costs up front so I knew how my wallet would be impacted.My divorce was finalized, thanks to Chris. His and his team did a great job and I would highly recommend him to anyone facing divorce.
I contacted Chris to handle my divorce case. He and his staff very adroitly maneuvered through the process, and he kept me calm and assured during the litigation. At every step, Chris offered careful counsel and adept tactics. He took my questions seriously, and he thoroughly knew the particulars of Virginia family law and the courts we were working with. Chris maintained a level-headed approach and methodically pursued the final goal of a suit for divorce, which was ultimately achieved. With the pre-agreed pricing, I knew what to expect financially, and honestly I got the divorce at a very reasonable cost. Chris' knowledge, focus, and availability were well worth the price. I highly endorse and recommend Evolution Divorce.
I came to Chris to handle a legal case arising from a previous divorce agreement. The lawyer who originally represented me was no longer in private practice, so she recommended Chris as someone who has a similar approach and a similar sense of integrity. Chris was great. He was knowledgeable and easy to work with. He did right by me in every sense. Chris kept me focused on realistic outcomes and recommended a great mediator when I expressed that I hoped to stay out of a courtroom. Also, his paralegal Kaelyn is a gem — smart, professional and a delight to work with.
I liked the pre-agreed pricing, and Chris clearly explained how it worked. I’m a CPA/CFO, so the accounting nerd in me really appreciated it. Chris coached me through the process and lowered my anxiety by focusing on the facts and the law. This was the right approach because my outcome was a whisper away from the best possible result I had projected prior to starting the process. Chris is a terrific human being apart from being a great lawyer, and Kaelyn also contributed a lot to the outstanding outcome in my case.