Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

Working through family law matters and a new relationship

When a marriage comes to an end, some people find themselves in new relationships shortly thereafter. Some people are involved in a different relationship during their former marriage, while others move on quickly after their marriage ends. We know that this creates...

Excessive spending and ending a marriage

Marriages come apart for a host of reasons and some people decide to call their marriage off as a result of excessive spending. Whether a spouse is addicted to gambling or they repeatedly spend too much money on clothes and other items, excessive spending places a lot...

Why are young couples more likely to get prenups?

For decades, there has been a stigma in Virginia against prenuptial agreements. As the next generations start getting married, these stigmas are being shed at a fast rate. Today we will take a look at why younger couples are more likely to get prenups than their...

Leaving an abusive situation starts with a plan

Anyone can become a victim of domestic violence in Virginia, whether rich or poor, male or female. However, no one deserves abusive treatment, especially at the hands of a loved one. We at the law firm of Schmergel and Mersberger understand that it can be difficult to...

Parental rights for unmarried couples

With the holiday engagement season, it seems that weddings are on everyone's mind. But if you and your partner are raising kids together but have decided not to marry, you are not alone. Every year, the number of parents cohabitating while raising children instead of...

When a tough divorce leads to PTSD-like symptoms

Bringing a marriage to an end can be incredibly tough in some cases, and the impact can be significant in terms of one's financial well-being. However, many other aspects of someone's life can be turned on end when a marriage comes to a close. For example, someone may...

Details remain vague after fatal Virginia crash

Additional charges are pending against a 41-year-old Virginia man arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in connection with a fatal midafternoon crash approximately two weeks ago in Hanover County. Authorities incarcerated him in the Pamunkey Regional Jail...

Selective memory: Why eyewitness lineups are not always accurate

The United States judicial system is designed to prosecute criminals, protect victims and uphold the law. Eyewitness identification and testimonies are often used in criminal cases as a way to place the suspect at the crime scene. Unfortunately, eyewitness...

Were your civil rights violated during an arrest?

Police misconduct is a phrase you probably have heard before. If you feel unsettled after an arrest or police search, there could be a good reason for it. Police have to abide by certain standards, and suspects always have rights. Police interrogations are inherently...

Marital property: Claiming what is rightfully yours

Going through a divorce is often emotional and may be a bit overwhelming at times. You may be busy figuring out details regarding your living situation, making decisions regarding your financial arrangements and determining child custody. One of the most difficult...