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Virginia politician threatens staffer's ex-wife over child support

Child support can be an emotional matter, such as when the custodial parent accuses the noncustodial parent of failing to keep up on payments. Sometimes people lose their temper, which is understandable but rarely helpful. Setting and adjusting child support requires cool heads, when possible.

A Virginia politician has apologized for threatening his campaign manager’s former wife over her child support questions. The politician, Carl R. Loser, is running for state Senate. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, around mid-September his campaign manager’s former wife contacted Loser. She asked about her ex-husband’s position with the campaign and what salary he was earning.

The importance of no-fault divorce in Virginia

A look at divorce laws in another country may shed light at some of the advantages Virginians enjoy when they must end their marriage. Today, we will discuss a decision by South Korea’s top court denying a man the right to file for divorce, because he was responsible for the marriage falling apart.

South Korean law does not allow a spouse who is at fault for the marital relationship ending, such as through infidelity, to initiate divorce proceedings. The man in this case tried to file for divorce in 2011, International Business Times reports. He left his wife 15 years ago and moved in with another woman, with whom he now has a child.

Should Virginia presume shared child custody most of the time?

Recently, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published an opinion piece by Christian Paasch, the chairman of the National Parents Organization of Virginia and a member of Virginia’s Child Support Guidelines Review Panel. In the piece, which you can read here, Paasch calls for Virginia to emphasize shared parenting in child custody matters.

Readers may naturally be curious about shared parenting, how it differs from sole custody, and how divorced parents might be able to successfully share parenting responsibilities.

Could your political beliefs predict your chances of divorce?

Though the more cynical among us may believe otherwise, nothing can predict whether a marriage will last “’til death do us part” or end in divorce someday. Of course, it is natural to be curious about whether certain couples are less likely to stay together than others, because of their backgrounds, jobs, or other reasons.

A new report co-authored by a University of Virginia sociologist suggests that political affiliation just might be a divorce predictor. The study says that Republicans were happier in their marriages and less likely to have been divorced than Democrats.

Arrested Virginia man denies committing double bigamy

It has been nearly two months since we discussed bigamy, or the act of being married to more than one person at the same time. Bigamy is against the law in Virginia; from a family law perspective, a marriage is void if one of the “spouses” was already married to a third person at the time of the wedding.

Bigamy charges are rare in Virginia, but they do occasionally occur. A Virginia man was jailed recently on two counts of bigamy, but he believes the charges are false and fueled by his first wife’s desire for “revenge.”

Divorce rate decreases with age at nuptials -- to a point

Love may find you at any age. Unmarried people should not assume they will be single for life, if they do not want to be. In fact, getting married too young has been associated with higher divorce rates. However, a new university study suggests that getting married later in life also can be risky.

The study suggests that there is a “sweet spot” age to get married, for those looking to stay together with their spouse for life. Too young, and the couple may lack the maturity, interpersonal skills and support network to work out relationship problems. Too old, and other relationship problems seem to arise, according to the Deseret News.

3 situations that can force a change in child support

When it comes to child support, the paying spouse may think that he or she is locked into an ironclad agreement that will never be changed under any circumstance. The monthly figure you pay will be your responsibility until the support agreement is fulfilled, and that's just the way it is.

However, that is completely false. Child support is a court order handed down by a judge, and the paying spouse can appeal to the judge to change the provisions involved in the support agreement. There are a few typical scenarios that arise in a person's life that can necessitate changing the support agreement, so let's take a look at them.

Tension between parents often leads to child custody disputes

When parents share child custody, or one parent has custody and the other has visitation rights, it will be necessary at some point to move the child from one parent to the other. These “swaps” happen every day in Virginia. In theory, a parent with visitation rights is entitled to spend time with his or her child, regardless of any disputes he or she has with the custodial parent, such as allegedly unpaid child support.

In reality, outside tensions between the parents sometimes affect child custody handoffs. The parents may still be dealing with resentment following a bitter divorce, or they may not feel the custody arrangement is fair. Some parents will not bring the kids to the handoff as a way to “punish” the other parent.

Bigamy voids a Virginia marriage, and it's also a crime

Back in October, Virginia joined the several U.S. states in which same-sex marriage is legal, following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that overturned the state’s ban. Of course, same-sex couples looking to get married must follow the same rules as everybody else, in order for their marriage to be valid.

For instance, no Virginia marriage is valid if one of the spouses was still married to a third party at the time. Besides voiding the marriage, bigamy is also a crime, as one woman recently discovered.

Who can get an uncontested divorce in Virginia?

Divorce can be a contentious affair, in which the spouses battle in court over their marital property, spousal support, child support, custody and visitation.  However, it does not have to be this way. Many married couples remain on good terms after separating, or at least civil enough to agree on how to resolve their divorce-related decisions.

For these couples in Virginia looking to save time and expense, uncontested divorce may be option.