Family and Divorce Law

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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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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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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Negotiating a life insurance policy into your divorce settlement

There are countless stories about deadbeat spouses 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-spouses and children if they die. As you look for an attorney to handle your divorce—and think about what you want and need […]

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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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