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Family Law Archives

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.

Woman pays spousal support to husband who abused her

Couples throughout Virginia who are having family law issues are often unaware as to how the law works with certain variables in their marriage. If the decision is made to move forward with a divorce, many of those involved are blindsided by aspects of the law that may not make sense, but are on the books nonetheless and have to be adhered to. One option when this occurs is to seek a post-divorce modification to right the family law issues that they believe are mistreating them in spite of the circumstances.

Is post-divorce modification possible in Virginia?

When a couple decides that they are no longer able to stay married one spouse often has to pay alimony. The amount is dependent on whether there were children, what the lifestyle was, whether the receiving spouse is able to pay for his or her own upkeep, as well as other factors. Some might be under the impression that the payments will last forever and are unchangeable. This, however, is not the case and state law allows for changes to be made.

As Virginia couples prepare for divorce, there is much to discuss

Any Virginia couple that has gone through -- or is planning to go through -- a divorce knows, there are many considerations that must be taken into account. From child custody, if applicable, to the division of property, each topic area is important in its own right. Yet what is equally as important, and should always be kept in mind, is that every aspect of a divorce affects other aspects. 

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