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Six Tips For Getting What You Need Out of the Divorce Mediation Process

Pain-free divorce may not exist, but mediation could help you minimize the drama of dissolution. Like any divorce method, it must be approached strategically; enter mediation sessions unprepared, and you’ll emerge with little to show for your efforts. Follow these mediation tips to ensure a more favorable outcome: Highlight A Few Chief Priorities Before you […]

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Parental Placement Adoption — The Need-to-Know Basics

Many birth parents prefer to place their children directly with adoptive parents they select themselves. In Virginia, this approach is known as parental placement adoption—and the Virginia Code governs it. This process ensures that biological parents, adoptive parents and adopted children enjoy the same protections provided through social services or agency-based adoptions. Read on to […]

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Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

          By Guest Blogger Derek S. Cervoni People involved in family law matters may also have disabilities that ​affect their ability to work, and in turn, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may be involved.  We explain below, some basic characteristics to determine if someone qualifies for SSDI benefits. If you […]

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Understanding the Uniformed Services Former Spouse’s Protection Act

Many ex-spouses of former military members recognize the acronym USFSPA (short for the Uniformed Services Former Spouse’s Protection Act) but do not fully understand its meaning. The federal legislation addresses common concerns regarding eligibility for retirement pay and benefits after divorce, establishing standards for medical care and retirement pay. As the former spouse of a […]

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Great Questions Clients Should Ask a Virginia Family Law Attorney

From divorce to adoption, your family law attorney guides you through several of life’s most emotional moments. Choose the wrong representative, and you may sacrifice your relationships, your health and your long-term happiness. Vetting is essential, but the standard questions may not be good enough. Treat the search for an attorney like employee recruitment: ask […]

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A Guide to Military Health Benefits After Divorce

As the former spouse of a military member, you once enjoyed access to extensive health care benefits. Sadly, eligibility often ends upon divorce, especially for younger individuals or those married for just a few years. Keep the following considerations in mind as you explore your options for post-divorce health care coverage: TRICARE and the 20/20/20 […]

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Top Regrets About Divorce

Many divorcees regret splitting up. Others still feel confident in their decision, but wish they had approached the process differently. They hope that, by sharing their stories, they can help others avoid similar mistakes. Keep the following lessons in mind as you proceed with your divorce: Not Filing Soon Enough Many people regret the timing […]

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Processing the Shock of Your Spouse’s Divorce Request

Shocked by your spouse’s divorce request? Your behavior at this critical time could determine whether you rescue your marriage or receive favorable terms during your divorce. Keep the following suggestions in mind as you process your current emotions: Don’t Apologize Profusely Or Make False Promises Avoid any responses that indicate desperation on your part. These […]

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