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Family Law and Estate Planning Blog

Potential review of Virginia child support guidelines

Deciding the amount of child support to be paid by the noncustodial parent can be a complex process. This is particularly true when matters are made worse due to a stressful divorce and disputes over custody. It can be disheartening for the noncustodial parent to discover that a formula will determine the financial future for […]

The perils of guardianship for adults

In guardianship cases, the court often allows the guardian to sell the ward’s home, and its contents, thereby causing the ward to be without a home and possessions. That is exactly what happened in the case of Ginger Franklin, a 50-year-old Nashville, Tenn. resident, who suffered a fall down the stairs of her townhouse in […]

Safeguarding your estate as you spend time in two states

During your retirement, you may wish to spend half of the year in one state, and the other half of the year in another state. However, you must choose one state as your legal residence. This is typically the state in which you have the right to vote. It is the laws of that state […]

How to file an uncontested divorce in Virginia

While divorce is neither an easy nor pleasant process for anyone, it does not have to be contentious or melodramatic. An uncontested divorce provides couples with a more amicable way in which to file for divorce. Spouses can arrive at an agreement concerning all issues that arise in their divorce, and avert the stress that […]

Use of the Roth IRA in estate planning

The process of estate planning consists of a review and analysis of your retirement accounts, including traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs or merely your employer’s 401(k) retirement account. It is imperative that you consider all available options because the account you choose can make a difference in subsequent years. For example, it is important to determine […]

Small estate administration in Virginia

Small estate laws were passed with the objective of helping heirs secure property of the decedent without having to go through probate, or with diminished probate proceedings, if they comply with specific conditions. The administration of small estates can be less time-consuming and expensive. Small estate laws can also be applicable if the decedent had […]

Asset protection methods in Virginia

Asset protection planning consists of the process of placing your assets in such a way as to remove or decrease exposure to unforeseen liabilities or unexpected events. It is best to engage in such planning prior to the time at which a claim, lawsuit or judgment arises. People often begin to address the issue of […]

The use of 529 college savings accounts in estate planning

The greatest tax advantage of Section 529 college savings accounts is that it is permitted for them to increase earnings without being subject to federal tax, and generally not to state income tax either. When the account beneficiary reaches college age, tax-free withdrawals can be made to finance the beneficiary’s qualified college expenses. Although 529 […]

The law concerning child custody in Virginia

Child custody refers to the care, control and maintenance of a child. There are many similarities among child custody laws across state lines. The principal reason for this is the adoption of the Uniform Child Custody Act, which assists law enforcement in each state. Under Virginia child custody laws, parents can have joint custody and […]

How divorce can impact your mortgage

Even in the midst of divorce, the mortgage that you and your divorcing spouse agreed to pay continues to be your joint responsibility. Couples who wish to sell their home because of a divorce may confront such obstacles as a slow housing market or strict lending requirements. Before the market crashed, it was easy for […]