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Preparing for child custody proceedings

When parents begin to navigate a separation, they may be concerned about how the situation will affect their children. In some cases, both parents may want primary custody of the kids. If parents can’t come to a suitable child custody agreement, a trial may ensue. A court trial can be worrisome and intimidating, to say the least. Here are some…

Getting through a divorce with minimal financial damage

A marital breakup is an experience many Virginia residents would describe as emotionally challenging. Unfortunately, divorce is notorious for being a significant financial challenge as well. Here are some key financial strategies that could help to reduce the cost of divorce. Separate finances One of the most important things to do for those facing divorce is to separate finances and…

Who determines asset valuation in a divorce?

You may never have imagined that you and your spouse would one day leave the Virginia home you love to go your separate ways. Trouble may have brewed in your marriage for some time, or a specific cataclysmic event may have recently occurred. Either way, filing for a divorce means that you will have divide your marital assets and liabilities.…

Are mothers favored over fathers in child custody hearings?

In decades past, there was an assumption that children should stay with their mother after a marital breakup. The reason for this stemmed from mothers traditionally being the main caregivers of the family. These days, however, fathers in Virginia are more involved in the lives of their children, and most courts today factor this into their decisions. Yet, why does…

Fighting back against parental alienation

One of the most important things for a Virginia parent during a divorce is preserving the relationship he or she has with the kids. When a marriage ends, it can bring out strong emotions that one parent may struggle to manage, even after the divorce is final. Negative feelings toward the other parent can eventually begin to affect custody and…

Joint custody can offer many unforeseen benefits

Obviously, no couple enters marriage with plans of divorcing in the back of their minds. Yet, just this year alone, thousands of spouses in Virginia and across the country will divorce. Many of these spouses are parents, so the needs of their children must remain their primary concern often for years after the divorce is finalized. For this reason, many…

Mediation can offer many benefits for a high-asset divorce

The dissolution of a marriage does not have to be filled with conflict and contention. There are other options that can help to bring an amicable divorce resolution. Without a doubt, a high-asset divorce can be complex due to the number of assets and property that must be divided. For many spouses in Virginia who go through a high-asset divorce,…

How common is gray divorce in Virginia?

In Richmond, Virginia, and surrounding regions, many older married couples are deciding to go their separate ways. This is a trend that is also noticeable throughout the country. A gray divorce refers to spouses age 55 and older who determine that they would rather start over in life without their partners than stay in an unhappy relationship. Since the 1990s,…

Basic facts about Virginia alimony guidelines

If a Virginia married couple files for divorce, especially if they have children, it typically sets off a chain of events that includes a decision-making process for both spouses. Even if two spouses kept certain funds in separately owned bank accounts during their marriage, they are still, by law, financially responsible for each other as long as the marriage lasts.…

If child custody terms are no longer feasible

When a Virginia judge issues a court order with regard to your co-parenting agreement in a divorce, it is critical that you and your ex both adhere to its terms. As a parent, you want what is best for your kids, especially when your decision to file for divorce has caused a bit of upheaval in their lives. A solid…