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July 2015 Archives

Domestic Violence and its impact on child custody

Unfortunately, a domestic violence epidemic continues to occur in Virginia and all across the United States, which is evident by news reports of sports athletes and celebrities involved in seemingly weekly incidents. Victims of domestic violence often feel especially helpless and vulnerable, believing that reporting an incident may lead to future incidents down the line. But unless incidents are reported, nothing will ever fix the situation. Many people are unaware that domestic violence is not limited to physical violence, but may take other forms as well.

What is virtual visitation?

With today's technology, it is easier than ever before to connect with family and friends across the globe. Aside from email correspondence and constant contact via social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, new technology such as Google Hangouts and Skype have allowed families and friends to talk to each other via webcam video conferences.

What is the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act?

In 1981, the United States passed the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act, Title 10, United States Code, Section 1408, also known as the USFSPA, to award former spouses of military members retirement pay in the event of a divorce. While the act does not require states to divide retirement earnings as community property or a marital asset, it requires state courts to divide the property accordingly. This amount may run as high as 50 percent of the military member's disposable income.

Divorced military parents planning for deployment or relocation

It's not uncommon for military members to go on deployment or relocate to a new base on short notice while on active duty. While this could impact a marriage greatly, it could also place some difficulties on the terms of a divorce, especially if children are involved. How does this affect the military member's relationship with their children following a divorce? What can a divorcing couple do in advance to prevent future complications or issues in the event of a deployment or relocation?

What factors courts consider when determining child support

In a previous post here we discussed child support in terms beyond the basic necessities, and how non-custodial parents may be responsible for such costs. Now we will take a look at how child support payments are calculated by the courts when a child support plan is first established.

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