Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

How living separately impacts grounds for divorce in Virginia

When a couple is seeking a divorce in Virginia, it is important to understand that there are certain laws the Commonwealth has in place before it can be granted. Many states in the union grant people a divorce simply because they say they have “irreconcilable...

Arlington man arrested after trying to break into motel room

Many criminal assaults are the result of spontaneous outbursts of anger. When the anger fades, the would-be assaulter usually calms down. Many people who might commit an assault are willing, after the violent urges subside, to talk to police and to allow themselves to...

How you can financially plan for life during and after divorce

When people think about divorce, they often consider things like legal fees and court costs. While it is important to plan for such expenses, it is just as important to plan for how your short-term and long-term expenses will change because of the divorce. It almost...

A first-time domestic violence charge is a serious affair

While it might not be pleasant to think about it, it is really pretty easy to get charged with a crime related to domestic violence. In some cases, too much alcohol or just a really stressful set of circumstances can lead to a resident of Northern Virginia acting out...

Addressing financial infidelity during a divorce

When embarking on the process of dividing assets during a divorce, each spouse logically looks for ways to protect their financial future. Minimizing losses takes center stage in many discussions at this time.  In some situations, property division negotiations may...

What should you know about mail fraud charges?

In Virginia, the law treats white collar crimes in a harsh way. You may experience everything from time behind bars to enormous fines if convicted. Facing fraud charges is a scary experience because of that, especially if you do not know what to expect. And what...

Questions to ask before accepting a plea bargain

Rather than take a defendant all the way to trial and add another case to a crowded docket, a prosecutor may offer a plea deal. The American Bar Association explains that the deal usually has some aspect that makes it appealing, such as offering a lesser charge, fewer...

What Do You Need To Know About Your Finances During Divorce?

You already realize that your finances will play a major role in the divorce process. Dividing your assets and accounts can be one of the most contentious parts of a divorce. But what financial factors go into the divorce process? What should you know about your...

What are the requirements for a valid prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial or premarital agreement is a smart financial move if you enter a marriage with a lot of assets. If your marriage ends, your spouse could have a right to any property you own, even if you owned it before marriage if you somehow comingled it with marital...

What are the penalties for an underage DUI

The law states that the consumption of alcohol is illegal for anyone under the age of 21. Getting behind the wheel after drinking can also lead to charges of driving under the influence. Driving after drinking when you are not legally allowed to drink leads to serious...