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Alexandria Virginia Law Blog

Managing your emotions when dividing property in a divorce

Going through a divorce is often painful and emotional. Even if you and your spouse remain amicable, attitudes can quickly change when the property division process begins and stress increases. You may be in a great deal of pain and feel like you are in no position to...

Understanding protective orders in Virginia

Virginia residents can obtain a protective order against someone who they believe is a danger to their health or safety. Protective orders are designed to help domestic violence victims; however, people with protective orders entered against them may face damage to...

Domestic assault and battery charges can mean jail

Like other states, Virginia prosecutors and police take allegations of domestic abuse seriously. For this and other reasons, many Alexandria residents may face charges related to domestic violence. In reality, any squabble at home can easily get to the point where one...

Affirmative defenses and common defenses for DUIs

Whether it is a motorists first time being pulled over by the police or has met this fate several times before, it is important that one understands the process associated with a traffic stop. This is especially true for those suspected of drunk driving. Oftentimes, a...

Can cohabitation end a spousal support obligation?

If you’ve been ordered to pay alimony, then you know that the financial ramifications can be significant. It may prevent you from living the life that you once enjoyed, and it might even affect your ability to plan for the future and your children’s futures. This can...

What constitutes an unfair premarital agreement in Virginia?

In Virginia, any divorce can be difficult. However, when there are substantial assets at stake, there is likely to be a greater amount of disagreement and dispute over how property will be divided, support will be paid and other issues. Even if there is a premarital...

More husbands are receiving spousal support in a divorce

In the past, it was typical for husbands to support their ex-wives financially if the couple divorced. This was related to the traditional family structure at the time, when husbands were expected to earn a living outside of the home while wives ran the household and...

Can I move if I have a custody order?

Having a custody order has many benefits. A good custody order provides each parent with a clear understanding of their custody rights and obligations and sets out a specific custody schedule designed to maximize each parent’s time with the child. However, most of us...

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....