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January 2018 Archives

Property division: keeping separate assets separate -- the do's

When a couple in Virginia gets married, it is possible that both spouses owned property in their own name before they wed. In general, separate property remains the property of the spouse that owned it prior to the marriage. Therefore, if the couple divorced, each party's separate property would not be subject to property division, unlike property acquired during the course of the marriage (marital property).

3 tips for addict parents going through a divorce

No one goes through life planning on developing an addiction, and yet it happens to millions each year. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2013, nearly 7 percent of Americans had an alcohol dependency, and marijuana abuse was five times higher than cocaine addiction. Furthermore, these numbers only reflect substance abuse, not other forms of addiction, such as gambling.

Why might a child support order be modified?

When parents in a Virginia divorce, the court will issue a child support order. This order may serve both parents well for a while, but life is ever-changing. Certain life events, such as a job promotion, a job loss, a change in custody arrangements or other types of changes could make it so that one of the child's parents believes that their current child support order is no longer appropriate, and needs to be modified.

Keep these tips in mind, if divorce is on the horizon

The winter holidays are behind us, and for couples in Virginia whose marriage was already strained, the holidays may have been a time of stress, disagreements and disappointment. Some may have hoped that they could reconcile over the holidays, but this is not always possible. Others may have wanted to have "one last" holiday season as a couple, especially if they have children. Whatever the reason, once the holidays are over and the New Year begins, some couples will start to think about ending their marriage. When this happens, there are some steps a person can take to prepare for divorce.

We assist clients with property division in a divorce

In addition to issues such as child custody, child support and alimony, Virginians seeking a divorce will have to reach an agreement on how to fairly divide their assets. Virginia is an "equitable distribution" state, meaning that their marital property will be divided based on what the judge deems is fair. Sometimes a couple's assets are split relatively equally in the property division process, but it is not a rule in equitable distribution states, where an uneven split of property may be ordered if that is deemed to be fair and equitable.

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