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Family Law

Why is it important to establish paternity?

Many Virginia fathers may not realize it but they do not have parental rights unless they have established paternity of their children. If the father is married to the mother, there is generally no need to establish paternity. However, in the case of unmarried...

The Gates’ divorce: What we learn about a high-asset divorce

Even when it is mutually agreed to, ending a marriage is not an easy life event to go through. It is often heavy with emotions, and when a couple has much wealth, it can be especially challenging to sort through each and everything. A high-asset divorce can involve...

Ex-spouse in violation of a court order? Here are your options

Court orders are meant to be followed. That’s why parties to a divorce case work hard to develop the best arguments possible in hopes of obtaining a favorable order. But despite the power of the court, not everyone listens to a judge or his or her orders. This is...

3 challenging prospects in property division

A divorcing couple will likely face numerous challenges as they move through the legal process. From negotiations centering on financial matters such as child support and spousal support to negotiations that must take lifestyle changes into consideration such as...

How to financially prepare for divorce

The saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," certainly applies to divorce. The more you prepare yourself ahead of time, the easier the process will be. And the less likely it will be that you will have to go back to get your divorce order amended...

How is spousal support determined in Virginia?

If a request for spousal support has been made during your divorce, it is useful to know how that is determined and how spousal support awards are made. Spousal support is based on the consideration of variety of factors divorcing couples should be familiar with if...

Should you divorce during the ongoing health crisis?

The ongoing health crisis and the time of lengthy social isolation has led to numerous life changes. The state of the world is leading some families to join together while others fall apart. Separations and divorces are believed to be more common now than before 2020....

Financial considerations before your divorce

Over the course of a marriage, individual finances often become intertwined. Even with both spouses maintaining separate careers and income streams, it is nearly impossible to remain completely independent. During the divorce process, the couple will have to carefully...

Understanding child custody in Virginia

When Virginia parents decide that it is time for their relationship to end and to begin a separation or divorce, they likely worry about how the process will impact their kids. Children can have different reactions and needs when their parents end their relationships,...

High-asset divorces present special issues

No matter a couple’s financial situation, a divorce can be a complicated and stressful process. Any divorce with minor children involved will mean the couple will have to work out their differences regarding custody, parenting time and child support. Also, a couple of...