201511.28
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Dividing retirement accounts in divorce with a Qualified Domestic Relations Order

Unlike dividing bank accounts, for example, dividing retirement accounts in a divorce can present some special challenges. This is because of the numerous rules that govern how money can be distributed from retirement accounts like 401(k)’s or IRA’s. This article will help you understand some of the issues involved in dealing with retirement accounts in divorce. …

201509.19
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Divorce – The Basic Framework

 Filing for Divorce You may have heard of “grounds” for divorce or states that have “no-fault” divorce. Grounds for divorce typically consist of cruelty, adultery, or desertion. When you file for divorce on grounds, you are alleging that your spouse acted in a way that violated the obligations spouses owe each other in a marriage….

201509.19
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Child Custody and Visitation

In order to make sure that your child’s best interests are properly protected, it is important to have at least a basic understanding of the legal framework for court ordered arrangements for minor children. Legal Custody Legal custody is the legal authority to make decisions for a child. For example, the ability to enroll a child in…

201412.14
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Child Support in Virginia

Simply put, child support is a series of court ordered payments for a child that you have a legal obligation to support. Typically child support payments are made by a noncustodial parent to a custodial parent. Child support is calculated by a formula (really a table) set forth in Virginia Code Section 20-108.1. Child support calculations take into…

201410.20
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Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in Virginia

In February 2014, the United States District Court ruled in Bostic v. Rainey that Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional. That decision was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which upheld the ruling. On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case, which leaves the…

201408.21
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Are lawyers worth it? Real life examples of how skimping on legal advice can hurt you.

With the advent of services like Legal Zoom and the ever increasing availability of legal forms and information on the internet, many potential consumers of legal services are tempted to ask – do I really need to hire a lawyer? In answering this question, it may help to consider some of the following real-life examples:…