HOW DO I GET DIVORCED IN VIRGINIA? Getting divorced in Virginia can be very complicated, or quite simple, depending upon the circumstances of your marriage. The Court wants confirmation that all the assets and debts accrued during the marriage are divided, and in cases wherein minor children are involved, that custody and visitation have been …

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IS A CHILD’S OPINION CONSIDERED IN CUSTODY CASES IN VIRGINIA? There are many factors that affect a child’s opinion being considered in a custody case; let’s discuss further. My child has stated that he wants to live with me. Will that help? In some circumstances yes, but in others, no. If your child is under …

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MY CHILD HAS BEEN ASSIGNED A GUARDIAN AD LITEM, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? A Guardian Ad Litem being assigned to your family’s custody matter can sound intimidating initially, but know that it is not necessarily a bad thing. This article will discuss the most commonly asked questions about Guardian Ad Litems in custody cases in Virginia. Who …

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SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL MY CHILDREN ARE 18 TO GET DIVORCED? When minor children are involved in a divorce, custody and visitation tends to be the biggest concern of the parties, especially when circumstances are not amicable. It may be tempting to wait until your children legally emancipate to avoid involving custody and visitation in …

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THE IMPACT OF ROMANTIC PARTNERS ON CUSTODY AFTER DIVORCE IN VIRGINIA After your divorce is finalized and you feel ready to date, you might meet someone that you want to enter into a committed relationship with, pending their compatibility with your children. Before your children meet your romantic interest, you might be wondering how this …

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CUSTODY AND VISITATION OPTIONS WHEN PARENTS LIVE IN DIFFERENT STATES When a couple divorces, it is common for one of or both of the parties to relocate to be nearer to family for support raising their children. However, when parents live in different states, traditional custody and visitation schedules simply do not work. This article …

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE DIVORCED IN VIRGINIA? One of the questions we are most often asked is how long it will take to be divorced. Some clients are divorced in about six to eight months, while others may not be divorced for several years. There are many factors that impact the timeline …

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NEWBORN BABY CUSTODY IN VIRGINIA If parties to a divorce have a recently born baby, custody will look quite different than the average custodial arrangement parents of older children have. What should separating parents with a new baby expect? Let’s discuss: Primary Custodian Similar to the custody of older children, custodial arrangements for a new …

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WHAT ASSETS AND DEBTS ARE DIVIDED IN A DIVORCE IN VIRGINIA? When a couple decides to divorce, they should make every attempt to agree to a division of all marital assets and debts for the divorce to be finalized. This agreement is memorialized in a Property Settlement Agreement. Some parties are able to agree on …

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