Monthly Archives: July 2011
Earlier this week, we discussed recent changes to Virginia Code §20-107.3, Virginia’s Equitable Distribution statute. Today, we’ll take a look at one of the first Virginia cases decided under the new statute, and why classifying a debt as “marital” doesn’t guarantee both parties will be equally responsible for paying it. In Damankah v. Damankah, decided [...]
Recently, the General Assembly amended §20-107.3(A) of the Virginia Code, the equitable distribution statute, which tells Virginia courts how to divide assets and debts in a divorce. This amendment was met with a collective sigh of relief from Virginia lawyers, ending a year of uncertainty in how we approached marital debt issues. Of course, if [...]
Earlier this week, we shared some of the risks of using online forms—without legal advice—to get your Virginia divorce. In Virginia, to get an uncontested divorce, you first need to settle all issues with your spouse, usually by contract. These contracts are typically called Marital Settlement or Property Settlement Agreements (“MSA’s”). MSA’s are the foundation [...]
“Divorce in 3 Weeks!” “DIVORCE FORMS—CHEAP!” “Divorce—it’s as easy, as 1-2-3!” The best of the worst taglines from do-it yourself-divorce form websites. These sites all have one thing in common, other than the liberal use of exclamation points and all caps: they promise to make your Virginia divorce a quick, painless, no-brainer. Accomplished, of course, [...]
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