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Family Law

Will your divorce necessitate a QDRO?

If you and your spouse face a divorce, you need to pay particular attention to your respective pension or retirement plans when constructing your marital property division agreement.  As SmartAsset.com explains, if any of them are covered by the Employee Retirement...

How does Virginia handle parental relocation?

Your relationship with your kids in Alexandria can often be independent of that which you share with their other parent. You not being together as a couple does not necessarily also mean that you do not still have a strong bond with your children. It can, however,...

How can a contentious tone affect a divorce?

The effects of divorce are different for everyone. Even the nicest person can let their worst instincts take over when it comes to how they speak about or interact with their spouse. But it’s essential to understand that even a momentary lapse of judgment can harm a...

What are emotional affairs?

Extramarital affairs can take on many different forms. While most people think of infidelity in the traditional sense, an emotional affair can also take a serious toll on a marriage. This guide explains a few of the hallmarks of an emotional affair, so you can make...

How long will spousal support last?

Whether you pay or receive spousal support, one thing you will want to know is how long it will last. There are many variables when it comes to making decisions about spousal support, including for how long payments will go on. The ultimate decision lies with the...

Postnuptial agreements provide benefits for subsequent marriages

When caught up in a whirlwind romance, a Virginia resident may forget about protecting their financial assets. A prenuptial agreement can help protect those assets should the marriage end. For those who did not take advantage of this agreement, a postnuptial agreement...

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...