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Property division in Richard Gere's divorce getting ugly

Many of our readers likely know Richard Gere from the movies An Officer and a Gentleman or Pretty Woman. Some may also know that he is currently going through divorce proceedings. He's worth an estimated $250 million dollars, but that number may be going down soon as he is currently involved in a bitter property settlement with his soon-to-be ex-spouse, Carey Lowell, an actress from the "Law and Order" television show. She is seeking $100 million dollars as part of their divorce settlement. The couple is also currently involved in a child custody battle.

What challenges will I face when I file for divorce?

Although the actual rate of divorce has been on a slow decline over the last few decades, according to the National Survey of Family Growth approximately 40 percent to 50 percent of marriages in the United States will ultimately end in divorce. And, with a divorce comes many issues that need to be decided, either by the divorcing spouses or by the courts, including property division, spousal support or alimony and, if children are involved, child custody and child support.

What types of adoption are available in Virginia?

Couples may choose to adopt a child for a number of reasons. Whether the couple is unable to reproduce due to biological health issues, or the couple is a same sex couple, or the couple simply wishes to help a child without a family, there are a variety of types of adoption and family laws in order to regulate the adoption process.

What are grounds for divorce for military members in Virginia?

Military service members in the United States, both active and retired, and their spouses follow a different set of family laws with regards to divorce. For a military service member, or his or her spouse, to divorce in Virginia, the member or spouse must have resided in the state for at least 6 months. If eligible, a military service member or spouse must declare at least one of five specific grounds for divorce. What are the grounds for a military divorce?

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