201608.02
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What is the difference between uncontested divorce and contested divorce in Virginia?

In Virginia, when we talk about an “uncontested” divorce, we are simply talking about a divorce where there are no unresolved issues that need to be addressed by the court. Generally speaking, this can be because either 1) the parties to the divorce have already resolve the issues in the divorce with a signed, written…

201607.26
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Legal Separation in Virginia – How it Works

Often clients will ask how to file for “Legal Separation” in Virginia. The quick answer to that question is: you can’t really. It is true that some states (like California) allow people to file for “Legal Separation” – which allows you to deal with a number of issues without actually obtaining a divorce. While Virginia…

201601.17
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Premarital Agreements – not just for the rich and famous

When many people think about “pre-nups” or premarital agreements, the conventional wisdom is that they are really only necessary when one has a significant fortune to protect. This is not necessarily the case. Many everyday people can benefit from the protection afforded by a premarital agreement. But to understand how a premarital agreement can help…

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

  Unlike dividing checking or savings accounts, 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…

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…