Approximately 45% of first marriages end in divorce, which involves making decisions and agreements about the distribution of assets and property. To ensure a fair division of the property acquired during the marriage, states have enacted property division laws that generally follow one of two practices.
Many people want to change their surname at the time of their divorce. This brief guide can help you navigate the requirements in Virginia for obtaining a legal name change. Whether you’re at the beginning or end of your divorce proceedings, here are some important steps related to changing your name and updating important personal documentation.
When you and/or your spouse first seek a divorce, you may not know where to begin. You may be wondering where to find a divorce attorney and what your options are for the divorce process. Depending on your circumstances, one viable alternative to litigation in court is collaborative divorce. Here's some information about this divorce method and questions to ask your divorce lawyer.
As family law attorneys may tell you, a prenuptial agreement (sometimes referred to as a premarital agreement) can be highly beneficial in reducing the potential for future conflict. Having an honest, open discussion that sets expectations for the division of assets and debts should be on your to-do list before marrying. The agreements reached during such discussions can then be documented and ratified in a prenuptial agreement.
As a parent, you naturally want the best for your children, even as you and your spouse go your separate ways. It’s important to find a good child custody lawyer to assist in working out the custody and visitation arrangement, the child support agreement and determining the future of your children as they are impacted by your divorce. Here are some reasons why a family law attorney can facilitate the process and help modify your child custody agreement in the future to focus on your child’s best interests.
If you or a loved one is considering adoption in Virginia, it’s important to understand Virginia adoption laws so that you are prepared, know what to expect and can avoid complications. Hiring an adoption attorney can be helpful throughout the process. Read on for additional information on adoption laws in Virginia.
Regardless of your personal situation and relationship with your former partner, seeking a divorce when shared assets and children are involved can be complex. Beyond making important decisions about child custody, child support and visitation rights, or division of shared assets and property, you need to ensure the final decisions and agreement are clear, accurate and binding once put in writing.
Pursuing a divorce action can be an emotionally trying experience, but you should know that you’re not alone – as many as 42 to 45% of first marriages end in divorce. As with anything else, one of the most difficult parts is getting started. Follow these steps to start your divorce action in Virginia.
Divorce cases may be complicated and lengthy, but once the proceedings are over and the court enters a Final Order of Divorce, the parties can move on to the next stage of their lives. The Final Order of Divorce is a final legal document from your divorce proceedings that details all the final terms and conditions of your divorce.
There are many different challenges that arise during the divorce process, including those related to child custody, visitation and asset division. A preferred method of reaching an agreement that all parties can come to terms with is through divorce mediation. Divorce mediation can be broken down into a few distinct stages. Let's review the divorce mediation process below.