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Understanding Virginia Divorce Property Division Laws

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.

How to Change Your Name At the Time of or After Your Divorce

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.

Collaborative Divorce: 4 Questions For Your Divorce Lawyer

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.

How to Get a Final Order of Divorce Enforced

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.

How to Start a Divorce Action in Virginia

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.

What Is a Final Order of Divorce?

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.

The Stages of Divorce Mediation

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.

Options for Child Custody in a Divorce

Approximately 19 million children in the United States live with just one parent, per the U.S. Census Bureau; this statistic doesn’t mean that both parents can’t or won’t play an important role in their child’s life even when going through a divorce. Working through the issues and options to determine child custody in court during a divorce proceeding may seem daunting, but the process is designed to help determine the best interests for the child or children – whether that is being raised primarily by one parent or guardian or by opting for a cooperative joint custody arrangement.

Common Myths about Divorce Mediation

When you're considering divorce, litigation might seem like the only path available to you. Fortunately, divorce mediation offers an alternative that benefits all parties involved. However, there are some misconceptions that might deter you in your decision to pursue mediation. In this blog post, let’s examine and dispel some of the most common divorce mediation myths.

A Quick Guide to Different Types of Divorce Proceedings

Many types of divorce proceedings exist, mainly because divorce can be complicated, and each situation can differ drastically. Studies show that 42-45% of first marriages end in divorce, so it’s important to understand you’re not alone and that there are different options available for you should you decide to seek a divorce. Experienced family lawyers are available to assist you, guide you through the process and help you understand the best course of action.