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After a Divorce in Virginia Who Gets the House?

After a Divorce in Virginia Who Gets the House?

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Going through divorce can be an emotional and painful process. You might be anxious about what will happen to your assets, particularly the marital home, once your divorce is finalized. Virginia divorce laws identify what property may be subject t…

Do I Need a Separation Agreement in Virginia?

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Unlike many other states, legal separation in Virginia is not granted by the courts.  Instead, a husband and wife, wishing to separate and divorce, may simply live apart, even under the same roof.  It is strongly advised, though, that they enter i…
Mental Health Issues in Custody Cases

Mental Health Issues in Custody Cases

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In recent years there has been a sharp increase in accusations of mental health issues in child custody cases. Parents who have a history of any mental health diagnosis are often faced with attacks based on their condition when requesting custody….
What You Need to Know About Getting Divorced in Virginia

What You Need to Know About Getting Divorced in Virginia

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Deciding it’s time to end your marriage is difficult and stressful. Because obtaining a divorce is a legal process, you need to understand your rights and how the process works. This brief guide will walk you through the basic legal steps and give…
Child Support in Virginia

Child Support in Virginia

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In Virginia, a parent who does not have primary physical custody of their child generally has a duty to pay child support. This duty can arise from either one parent filing in court for child support or from filing with the Division of Child Suppo…
Children’s Testimony in Virginia

Children’s Testimony in Virginia

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In any custody case, parents may want the court to hear directly from their children. The children can provide information about the parent’s relationship, any abuse they have experienced, and other relevant events for the court’s consideration. I…
Myths in Military Divorce

Myths in Military Divorce

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Going through divorce is difficult. If one spouse is in the military, it can complicate things even more. Navigating the complexities of military benefits and martial share of pensions while learning the legal system and trying to move on with you…
What to Expect in a Protective Order Case

What to Expect in a Protective Order Case

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Being the victim of domestic violence is overwhelming and difficult enough. Not knowing where to turn or what steps to take first, while dealing with family issues, can feel impossible. Below, attorney Charles Hatley discusses what steps to take a…
Mask or No Mask – Who Gets to Choose?

Mask or No Mask – Who Gets to Choose?

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Up until last week, Virginia public schools required all students to wear a face covering during school. Now, the governor has issued new guidance that parents may elect whether or not their student has to wear a mask. But for divorced or separate…
Proving Adultery in Your Divorce Case

Proving Adultery in Your Divorce Case

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  It’s more than a feeling … your spouse stays out late, “at work,” when they’re at home they’re distracted and on their devices … they have a “friend” who is just a little too close. You know something is wrong, but could you prove it in cou…
Using Social Media During Divorce

Using Social Media During Divorce

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Social media has become a huge portion of our lives – from sharing our daily activities, funny anecdotes, photos of our families and our food, friends and colleagues get a glimpse into your private life that they otherwise would not have access to…
I’m separated and dating… will this hurt my case?

I’m separated and dating… will this hurt my case?

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You’ve been through the hard part – you and your spouse separated and you’ve been moving through your divorce. You start living your separate lives and realizing you are ready to move on. But what about your divorce? If your case isn’t final yet, …
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