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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.

Divorce and remarriage can lead to complex family relationships

Many divorcees ultimately remarry, creating a blended family. In a blended family, there will be stepmothers, stepfathers, stepchildren and half-siblings, among other relations. Now, researchers are exploring how this will affect the function of these families in the United States.

What to know about gray divorce

If you are among the rising number of people going through a divorce later in life, it is important to recognize that there are important considerations involved in doing so. According to U.S. News & World Report, the number of couples going through a divorce after age 50 doubled between 1990 and 2010, and often, these couples have issues they need to work through that differ from those faced by couples who divorce at earlier ages.

Support issues are important in any Virginia divorce

Child support and spousal support can be some of the most important concerns couples will address during their divorce. Fortunately, the family law process provides resources to resolve those concerns which is why it can be helpful for parents to understand how the family law system addresses their important spousal and child support concerns.

The positive changes that can come from divorce

Divorce generally signals a dark time in a person’s life. Many people who are facing the end of a marriage feel as if their life is over, that they are a failure, or that they will never find love again. With all the negativity that divorce gets, there are many who feel as if divorce liberates them. They no longer are chained to a difficult marriage and they are free to be themselves.

Sharing Love and Money Outside of Marriage and the Potential Downsides

"It has become 'no big deal' to mix love and money outside of marriage." In a recent article, the Washington Post examines the modern complexities that face unmarried couples who share finances. As marriage rates decline, more and more unmarried couples are forming joint accounts and buying property together. These decisions can have long-range affects and individuals should be aware of the potential consequences.

Partners to Attend Upcoming Advanced Family Law Retreat Regarding Same Sex Family Law Issues

Tying the Knot.jpgMaddox & Gerock encourages all Virginia family law attorneys to attend this amazing advanced family law retreat: Tying & Untying the Knot: Advocating Same Sex Family Law Issues. It will take place on February 20-21, 2015 at the Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville, VA. Partners Julie Gerock, Katharine Maddox and Marcia Maddox plan to attend.

Broken Engagement? Return the Ring

A recent case out of the Loudoun County Circuit Court examined whether a women must return the engagement ring given to her by her now ex-fiancé after she broke off their engagement. The Court looked at § 8.01-220 of the Virginia Code (the Heart Balm Act) which prevents lawsuits for breach of the promise to marry. Although some courts view this Act as prohibiting the return of property given on the condition of marriage, the Loudoun Circuit Court disagreed. The court found engagement rings are conditional gifts and the condition is satisfied if and only if the parties marry. In this case, since that condition was never met, the woman was ordered to return the wedding ring. Peter v. Langley (Horne) No. 89241, Nov. 6, 2014; Loudoun County Cir. Ct. VLW 01-8-103, 4 pp.

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