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Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

Is parental alienation harming your relationship with your child?

If you’re reading this blog post, then you know that child custody disputes can quickly become heated. The lashing out and the harsh exchanging of words can be harmful to you, your child’s other parent, and, more importantly, your child. But sometimes antagonistic...

Reasons to establish paternity in Virginia

Families come in all shapes and sizes these days. It's not at all uncommon for a couple in Virginia to live together and have a child together even if they are not married. These couples, like married couples, do not always see relationship success and may break up....

When is self-defense allowed in Virginia?

People in Virginia know that it is generally illegal to assault others. People are not suppose to punch people, kick people or hit them with other objects. They are also not suppose to use weapons such as guns or knives to harm others or threaten to harm them. People...

What are the DUI penalties for a person under the age of 21?

As the holidays approach, people in Virginia will have extra time off from work and school. The activities they are likely to take part in include going to gatherings with family and friends, taking trips and enjoying the nightlife. Some might make the mistake of...

Keeping costs down during high-asset divorces

Divorce can be complicated, messy and expensive. That is just the reality of the divorce process. However, that does not mean that it must be such a costly and gut-wrenching experience. Instead, if the couple can agree to work together to start their new life, costs...

Factors considered when setting up a visitation schedule

Every parent wants the best for their child, and unmarried parents who share a child may face difficult choices and challenges when setting up a visitation schedule. When an agreement on visitation with the other parent cannot be reached and the court must set a...

Current Virginia drug laws can be puzzling

Marijuana laws are changing across the United States. More and more, there is a rise in its legalization for recreational use. In Virginia, however, change is slow in coming. The commonwealth changed its laws on July 1 allowing people to have four plants without...

Spousal assault: a fault-based divorce may be your best option

Violence against one’s spouse – there are few things more abhorrent. And yet, it happens all too frequently. Your home is where you’re supposed to be safest, surrounded by those you love and trust. When violence is committed against you, by your own spouse, it can...

New law prohibiting police from stopping cars for some violations

There are many different traffic laws that people in Virginia must follow. There are speed limits, stop signs and stop lights, people need to signal turns, yield in certain situations, drive within their lanes and follow many other laws. There are also laws that...

The effect of domestic PPOs on custody decisions

When couples get into fights, they say and do things that they may later regret. In the heat of the moment, it may feel like the right thing to do, but the fallout from a domestic dispute can have severe consequences for the accused, especially when there are children...