what do we tell the children about our divorce

What Do We Tell the Children?

Tips for Talking to Your Children About Your Divorce Sarah and John tried everything to save their marriage: counseling, vacations, even a trial separation. Yet the fights continued. So, after nights of one or the other sleeping in the guest room, after days of crying, talking, and soul searching, the couple realized that divorce was their last, best option. Although …

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Can you Film the Police?

In recent years Courts have issued conflicting opinions about a citizen’s right to film the police. For example, one Federal Court held in 2011 that, although not unqualified, “a citizen’s right to film government officials, including law enforcement officers, in the discharge of their duties in a public space is a basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First …

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The Question Must be Why NOT Try Mediation?

In any legal dispute, to include divorces, Mediation is an option you can use to minimize your costs in terms of legal fees, to maintain more control over what happens to you, and to more likely get to a more satisfactory result. In a divorce, for example, a lot is at stake: all your property and your children–and your life …

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What is a Thrift Savings Plan, and Who Owns It Now?

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement plan for Federal employees and uniformed service members similar to a civilian “401(k)” plan. Why does it matter if I have a TSP account? During your divorce, your TSP matters because the Court may divide it during an equitable distribution hearing.  An equitable distribution hearing is when the Court determines how the …

What is Spousal Support, and What’s the Law?

Spousal support, often known more commonly as alimony, is used not to punish one spouse, but to support a financially dependent spouse in the event of a pending divorce and/or after a divorce.  Spousal support can be established either by an agreement between the divorcing parties or upon award by the Court.  In Virginia, there is no “right” to spousal …

What is a Sentencing Hearing?

A sentencing hearing is a separate proceeding from the traditionally known courtroom trial (where an individual is deemed guilty and convicted of a crime) and may be better understood as the punishment portion of the trial process. What happens at a sentencing hearing? In Virginia, sentencing hearings tend to follow the same specific process.  First, the Commonwealth is permitted to …

Juvenile Traffic Violations: Who is considered a “minor”?

In Virginia, minors are persons under the age of 18 years old. Is a minor treated differently than an adult if he/she gets a traffic ticket? Yes.  Since minors in Virginia initially possess provisional driver’s licenses, there are additional punishments that may be imposed by the court if the minor is found guilty of a traffic violation.  There are also …

Imprisonment and Your Social Security Benefits

What is the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits? Social Security disability insurance benefits (SSD or SSDI) and Social Security retirement benefits are only available for individuals that have paid into the Social Security system.  These benefits are funded through past contributions taken out of your wages by your employer over the lifetime of your …