Do grandparents have visitation rights to their grandchildren?

Recently, Virginia has taken a seemingly liberal approach to determining who can seek custody of and/or visitation with a minor child. The law states that only mothers, fathers, legal guardians and “persons with a legitimate interest” may ask a court to decide matters involving the custody or visitation of a minor child. The question then […]

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Why you might consider a prenuptual or premartial agreement

A popular misconception is that prenuptial or premarital agreements are only for the wealthy. The truth is anyone with personal or business assets, liabilities, property, or children from a previous marriage should consider a prenuptial agreement. Assets Owned Prior to Marriage Prenups are a good idea because they help preserve you and your spouse’s expectations […]

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Why you and your spouse may need a postnuptial agreement

Most people, particularly married ones, are familiar with what a prenuptial agreement is. In its most basic form, a prenuptial agreement is one between prospective spouses that sets out the rights and obligations of the spouses. Typically, a prenuptial agreement centers on which spouse is entitled to what assets and/or property in the event the […]

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How Can I Make Child Custody Exchanges Run Smoothly?

Today, more and more divorced parents have shared custody arrangements. In Virginia, this means that the non-custodial parent (the parent who has the child less) spends more than 90 days with the child per year. This also means that there are frequent exchanges between you and your ex-spouse when picking-up and dropping-off your child. While […]

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Virginia Legislators Refuse To Decriminalize Adultery

Most Virginia residents are familiar with the fact that adultery can serve as a fault-based ground for your divorce. But did you also know that it is a crime? There aren’t many adultery charges brought in the Commonwealth each year, but they do exist. And though criminal laws like this have, for the most part, […]

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Gray Divorce

Divorce rates for people over the age of 55 have skyrocketed in the past 35 years. For the first time ever, older adults are more likely to be divorced than they are to be widowed, and the divorce rate is expected to continue climbing as the Baby Boomer generation ages. Commonly referred to as “gray […]

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Popular Reality Television Stars Go To Court In Custody Dispute

If you follow the news or reality television, then you may be aware that two stars of the Bravo reality TV show Southern Charm are headed to family law court. Thomas Ravenel, 54, is suing co-star and ex-girlfriend Kathryn Dennis, 24, regarding custody and visitation of the former couple’s two children. According to media reports, […]

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Tips For Finding The Right Family Law Attorney

Divorce is an emotionally taxing and often nerve-racking time for many couples. Aside from the losses felt on both sides due to an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, there is also a world of uncertainty regarding the future and countless decisions must be made. One of the first decisions that needs to be made is […]

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Ways To Ensure Compliance With Your Family Law Court Order or Agreement

All too often at the DiPietro Family Law Group we hear of ex-spouses violating court orders or court ordered agreements. “He hasn’t paid child support in three (3) months,” or “she always drops the kids off two (2) hours late.” Ideally, everyone would follow through with and adhere to the obligations they make in an […]

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