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Family Law Archives

Is Facebook a cause of divorce in Virginia?

There are a great number of factors that can lead to divorce for married couples here in Virginia. Because Virginia law allows both fault and no-fault divorce, couples do not always have to pinpoint, in their divorce filings, the exact reasons for ending their marriages. In some cases, however, it may be wise to assert fault against one's spouse during divorce proceedings.

When a wedding is called off, who keeps the ring?

Virginia residents who have called off a wedding at some point may have dealt with the sticky issue of who keeps the engagement ring. Some people might think that even if a wedding is canceled, the ring-receiver should keep the ring because it was a gift. Others say the giver should get the ring back because he or she purchased it. Another argument might be that whoever pulled the plug should allow the other party to have the ring. And what about when a couple does go through with the wedding, but then files for divorce? Who gets to keep the wedding rings after divorce?

Confronting issues in divorce cases

Clients are always overwhelmed as they contemplate a divorce. After all, divorce affects the most important aspects of the person's life. Most importantly it affects their children, their homes, their money and all of the relationships they have established during the marriage. When a client seeks out a divorce attorney they need guidance and the assurance that the attorney will guide them through the quagmire. The attorney should try to demystify the process by explaining the issues which need to be decided before a final order of divorce can be entered by the court. What are the issues to be resolved? 

Innovative program seeks to boost child support collection

Child support collection can be a contentious issue. Many parents who don't have custody are notoriously bad at paying it. This phenomenon isn't unique to fathers, though the term "deadbeat dad" is now a well-worn phrase in the American lexicon.

Ten Things to Consider as You Contemplate Separation and Divorce

There are many considerations if you are thinking about separating from and/or divorcing your spouse. The following list is not an exhaustive one, but is provided as guidance. Each couple's situation varies in its' individual facts and varies according to the priorities of the parties.

Divorcing with a family business: What are your options?

According to the Census Bureau's data from 2007, approximately 3.7 million businesses are family businesses owned by spouses. Considering that more than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, it shouldn't be surprising that deciding what to do with a family business during divorce is a common problem.

Using the SCRAM Bracelet in a Domestic Context

All domestic attorneys are occasionally confronted with clients that seem to have all the facts stacked up against them. Whether it's a client that has committed adultery or has been convicted of domestic assault, domestic attorneys are often faced with difficult job of minimizing the damage and downplaying the weaknesses of their own case. There is now a tool for one particular case that often arises in the domestic context.

CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATIONS: Court-Approved and Self-Executing

For most parents who are obligated to pay child support, there will likely come a time that the amount of child support they are obligated to pay will need to be revisited. There are many examples of circumstances that may give rise to a child support modification-involuntary reduction in income, emancipation of a child, changes in visitation-to name just a few. It is important to be aware of the law regarding child support modifications and how to ensure that the modifications are enforceable and valid.

Expansion of Virginia Protective Order Laws

As of July 1, 2011, significant modifications went into effect governing the law of protective orders in Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly has now made protective orders available to a wider class of victims and has also expanded the conduct that may result in a protective order being issued. The changes to the law were implemented after Virginia faced criticism of its domestic violence prevention laws following the widely publicized death of Yeardley Love, a former student and lacrosse player at the University of Virginia.

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