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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 […]

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 […]

An incorporated settlement agreement in divorce

Divorce orders and separation agreements sometimes contain certain words, including “merged,” “survived” or “incorporated” that may be unclear to those who are unfamiliar with such legal terminology. But these terms have very specific meanings and can significantly affect the divorce. In several divorce cases, spouses can arrive at a settlement agreement. After introducing the agreement […]

Family law issues that can arise in workers’ compensation

When a person suffers an injury in the workplace, the effects can be disastrous for the worker and the worker’s family, both economically and emotionally. In some cases, the family is unable to restore their lives to the way they were prior to the injury, and they may have to go to family court to […]

Military divorce can be complex

While divorce for civilians can be a complicated process, it is even more so for those in the military. If one or both spouses are in the military, then there are likely to be some issues that arise, including the place where the divorce will be filed, the way in which support is calculated, decisions […]

When should you use a spendthrift trust?

A spendthrift trust can be useful if you have qualms that an heir will act irresponsibly with an inheritance or sell the right to payments if it is put into a trust fund. Individuals who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction may well be at risk for wasting an inheritance in order to support their […]

A guardian ad litem may be called upon to represent best interests of children in divorce

When children are involved in a divorce or separation, the best interests of the children should be of paramount importance in determining such issues as custody, child support and visitation agreements. And a court may appoint an attorney as a guardian ad litem, whose function is to represent the best interests of the children during […]

When spouses wish to part ways, the finality of divorce is usually best

As a popular culture would have us believe, breaking up is hard to do. With all the emotional and financial upheaval that is often involved with a nuptial parting of the ways, some on-the-rocks couples opt for what may seem to be the easier route of some form of separation.  Despite the first-blush attractiveness of […]

Never-married parents face extra steps when establishing child custody

In Virginia, unmarried parents have the same rights and responsibilities to their children as married couples do. However, parents who were never married may face some additional steps when they establish child custody after a breakup. Paternity frequently complicates the process of determining custody in cases where the parents were never married. If either party […]

Women Have Usually Trumped Men in Child Custody, But More Men May Win custody Cases

In divorce cases, child custody and child support (its possible financial corollary) have, traditionally, been skewed heavily in the mother’s favor. But changing legal doctrines, social mores and economic factors have been changing the balance. Statistics from recent decades show that women were consistently awarded custody of children from 1993 through 2007 — 83 percent […]