A refresher on divorce and debt

People going through a divorce likely think about what they are going to receive in the final settlement: The family home, a portion of a retirement fund, child support and alimony. But what couple needs to remember is that there also is debt involved that must be addressed. Previous blog posts have looked into the […]

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Keeping the engagement ring: An update

An engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of love and commitment. But what happens if the notion of love and commitment goes awry, and a couple chooses to end their engagement and call off the wedding? There are a lot of issues to consider when it comes to the bands that adorn the left ring […]

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Extracurricular activities and child support

People who are divorcing negotiate child support based on the child’s basic needs: Food, shelter and clothes. To help determine the amount of the child support order, Virginia courts use the child support guidelines approved by the state’s General Assembly. The guidelines take into consideration the needs of the child as well as each parent’s […]

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Your 401(k) and divorce

Your soon-to-be ex-spouse has the legal grounds to at least part of the 401(k) you have worked so hard to build. In most cases, you, your spouse and your attorneys will have to find a way to make a fair and equitable split of the funds. Let’s say you graduated from college and landed your […]

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Fertility, surrogacy and legal contracts

Fertility issues strike as many as one in six couples in the United States. Many explore options to fulfill their dreams of having a family. Adoption, artificial insemination and surrogacy have become viable options for couples who want to build a family. But seeking alternatives to having a baby means you need to have your […]

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How to protect your rights when you adopt a child

About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States every year. Of those, 59 percent are foster children, 26 percent are foreign and 15 percent are babies whose parents have given them up for adoption. The remaining are usually stepparent adoptions. If you are adopting a child and you aren’t the stepmom or stepdad, you […]

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New year, new divorce

The new year is barely underway, but if you’ve noticed that some of your friends and relatives are divorcing – or if you’re thinking about it yourself – there might be a reason. New Year’s Day is often referred to as “Divorce Day.” That’s because it’s one of the most common days of year for […]

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The financial aftermath of divorce

Divorce can seem almost glamorous in the movies on TV. Popular culture for years has celebrated the notion of a jilted wife walking away with a fortune that more than sets them up for the rest of their lives. But for those of us who don’t have millions at our disposal, divorce can be one […]

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Deaccessioning After A Divorce: How And When To Pare Down Your Belongings

Museums consistently cultivate their collections not only by searching for new pieces, but also by paring down exhibits that are no longer relevant or do not contribute maximum value. Referred to as deaccessioning, this process is guided by strict protocol to ensure that each removal is in the museum’s best interest. The principal of deaccession […]

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Negotiating a life insurance policy into your divorce settlement

There are countless stories about deadbeat husbands who don’t pay alimony or child support. But even those who gladly follow through with their post-divorce financial obligations can unintentionally cause hardship for their ex-wives and children if they die. As you look for an attorney to handle your divorce – and think about what you want […]

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