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Competitive co-parenting can be dangerous

Regardless of whether the divorce was amicable or not, co-parenting after a divorce can be a complicated matter.

Dealing with the emotions a divorce can bring, such as grief, anger and even guilt, can influence how parents approach co-parenting. Unfortunately, this can lead many parents down the road of competitive co-parenting.

Remote hearings: A possibility for families facing legal issues

The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed how the world works – as well as how families work.

Some divorced parents are sheltering in place together to avoid custody transfers. On the other hand, several studies and news sources report that the number of divorce cases could increase if existing problems are exacerbated by sheltering in place. 

Changing support payments: What you should know

The global pandemic has caused an undue amount of stress for many people. In many cases, this stress is emotional, physical and even financial. After all, many people across Virginia might have been furloughed or lost their jobs due to business closures.

In these cases of financial stress, individuals who have an obligation to pay child support or spousal support might wonder what they should do if they cannot fulfill those obligations at this time.

Safety tips for custody exchanges during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased stress levels for families across the globe and divorced parents face particular challenges during this time. On top of the health concerns for their children and themselves, the normal custody exchange can become a complicated matter.

So, what safety precautions can parents in Virginia take during custody exchanges in this time?

Are you ready to divorce your addicted spouse?

Addiction is not only hard on the addict; it’s also hard on the people in their lives. Life with an addict is so difficult, so out of control, that the decision to seek a divorce is often an act of figurative or literal self-preservation.

Still, divorcing an addict can be a complex and delicate process, and you would be wise to explore every resource available to help you.

Modern couples are more accepting of prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements used to be reserved for the very wealthy, and they often evoked feelings of mistrust and betrayal. Those days have passed. Recent generations have come to terms with the fluidity of marriage, and many have seen first-hand how divorce can result in financial and emotional struggle.

Drafting a prenuptial agreement is now a practical and reasonable step to take before getting married. For some Virginia couples, it may be even more critical to include the protection of a prenuptial agreement among those pre-wedding plans.

Child support: Who pays for college?

In Virginia, both parents are responsible for supporting their children financially. That is why non-custodial parents often must pay child support for any minor children they have.

Most parents do not mind supporting their children, but as their children age many start to wonder: will they have to pay child support through college as well?

Should you ask for a prenup?

Traditionally, people do not like to think about prenuptial agreements before getting married. However, like with many industries, millennials are changing the conversation around these types of arrangements. Many younger couples are finding that asking to create a prenup is no longer the controversial request it once was.

Why do people create prenups?

Who will get the house in the divorce?

Going through divorce is difficult - emotionally and financially. For parents with children, going through a divorce adds even more uncertainty for the future. You and your spouse will have to reach a custody agreement, as well as an agreement on property division. You may really want to keep the marital home after the split, so your kids have less disruption in their lives. However, will you be able to?

How is child custody decided in Virginia?

For parents facing divorce, one of the biggest concerns is how a divorce will impact your children. Your relationship with your children likely will change if you and your spouse split custody time. You may wonder how your child custody case will handled in Virginia. Who will decide how much custody time you will get versus your spouse?

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