Virginia Adultery Laws and Dating During Divorce Proceedings

Will dating while my divorce is pending be a problem? This is probably one of the most common questions heard by divorce attorneys. The answer is not a definitive yes or no. While you are free to associate with whomever you choose, it could affect the outcome of the case. Strategic Reasons Not to Date Before Divorce It is wise to hold off on the dating scene until after your divorce is final. Emotions are raw, and Read More

Understanding Virginia Quitclaim Laws

In Virginia, divorcing couples use a quitclaim to give complete ownership to the spouse who was awarded the home and to remove the other spouse’s name from a real estate title. However, it is vital to understand that removing all rights of ownership doesn't release you from liability for the mortgage. Virginia Quitclaim Laws: Limitations and Advantages Signing a quitclaim deed releases your interest in the property Read More

When Does the Payment of Spousal Support End in Virginia?

When does the payment of spousal support end in Virginia? This is a common question among divorcing couples. Length of Time for Spousal Support Spousal support, whether court ordered or agreed to by the spouses with the help of a Virginia spousal support lawyer, can be paid in a lump sum or periodic payments for a set number of years or an unspecified period of time. A spouse has a better chance to receive Read More

Top 10 Resolutions to Make After Your Virginia Divorce

Your life has changed, and now it’s time to reinvent it on your terms. You can make powerful post-divorce changes that will put you on the path to happiness and prosperity. Complete your divorce this year. If you’re hoping for a reconciliation, it’s time to get clear on whether you both want the same thing. Complete any outstanding paperwork so you can start your new life. Stop fighting losing battles. Don’t use Read More

Overview of Current Virginia Spousal Support Laws

When a single-income couple is facing divorce after a long marriage, the non-working spouse can request spousal support. It is also awarded in circumstances where both spouses are employed but have significant differences in their incomes. Indefinite spousal support is a form of spousal support that continues until one party petitions the court to change the support due a material change in circumstance. Certain Read More

Mediation and Uncontested Divorce Alternatives in Virginia

Divorce is never easy and some circumstances are worse than others. However, there are divorce alternatives in Virginia that can offer divorcing couples a different, and sometimes better, method to obtain a divorce. Two examples include mediation and an uncontested divorce. Benefits of Mediation Mediation is an alternative to a litigated divorce in which a divorcing couple uses a mediator to help them resolve Read More

How to Transfer Mortgage Liability for Virginia Divorcing Spouses

Divorcing couples are faced with many issues, including legal questions about property, such as who will retain possession, and dividing liability, equity and payment of the mortgage loan. These questions have serious legal and financial implications for both spouses. There are a variety of methods to share equity in the house. In Virginia, there are steps divorcing couples can take to transfer mortgage liability. 3 Read More

5 Factors Affecting the Length of the Virginia Divorce Process

If you are considering a Virginia divorce, you should understand that the more divorcing couples argue over minor things, the longer the Virginia divorce process will take. To help you move through the process as speedily as possible, here is a list of factors for consideration. 1. Residency. At a minimum, one spouse must have lived for six months in Virginia before either one of the couple can file for divorce. Read More

What Happens if My Child’s Other Parent Won’t Pay Child Support?

While it’s perfectly natural to become upset and frustrated when your child’s other parent won’t pay child support, the law is on your side. There are several legal steps you can take to ensure your child is properly provided for if their other parent is financially able to pay child support and refuses to do so. 1. Contempt of Court Action If the other parent doesn’t have a good reason for not paying child support, Read More

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with a Family Law Attorney

Preparation is vital if you expect your initial meeting with your family law attorney to go well. The first meeting helps to shape the relationship you have with your attorney and gives you an idea of what kind of family law case you have on your hands. There are five questions you can ask yourself to help prepare and mold your expectations. 1. What Are Your Wants and Needs? Knowing what you want and what you need Read More