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Does Virginia have “Common Law” Marriages?

A common law marriage is essentially the decision that you and your partner are married, without actually legally being married. Common law marriages in Virginia are one of those rumors that people actually believe. Despite the fact that Virginia does not practice common law marriages, there are 10 states that do. Thus, Virginia will recognize common law marriages as valid …

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Quick and Easy Divorce Without a Lawyer – Is it a Myth?

Times can be tough. And, if you are in the middle of a separation, I understand how stressful it can be. If you are planning a divorce without hiring representation, PLEASE do your research. It seems like everywhere you look, there is some attorney advertising to file your divorce for just one easy payment of $200.00. That’s the thing, this …

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Divorce: Equitable Distribution & Deviations

In a Virginia divorce, martial property is divided through a process known as equitable distribution. The goal of equitable distribution is to divide the property as fairly and evenly as possible. Typically, this means that the property is split 50/50 between the parties. Factors the court will consider in the distribution include, but are not limited to, the contributions, monetary …

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The Unrealistic Portrayal of Law on TV

Most of my clients have had little to no experience with the court system, perhaps aside from a simple traffic ticket, and THIS IS A GOOD THING! However, many believe they understand the legal system because their favorite shows are Law and Order, Boston Legal, or the People’s Court. Often, I have to explain that cases don’t get settled in …

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Can I Appeal My Custody Case?

The short answer is yes. Most child custody cases are initiated at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (JDR) level. Virginia JDR courts have jurisdiction over both child custody and child support cases. Once your case is heard by the judge, a final order is entered. If you are unhappy with the final order entered by the JDR judge you …

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Military Divorce in Virginia: What do I Need to Know?

What happens when military personnel need a divorce? Typically, the military views divorce as a civil matter similar to any other divorce. However, a military divorce can implicate various benefits in both federal and state laws. Here are just a couple:  –  The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act allows a defendant, who is on active duty in the military, to request …