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What does it take to get an annulment in Virginia?

Sometimes couples in Virginia get swept off their feet, and rush to the alter to be married as quickly as possible. However, they may come to the realization soon after the fact that they really never should have gotten married at all. While it may seem like divorce is their only option at this point, in some situations it may be possible to seek an annulment of the marriage.

What is the difference between agency and non-agency adoption?

Adoption is a wonderful way to grow a family in Virginia. People have many personal reasons for adopting a child. Perhaps, they are unable to conceive a child biologically, or they want to give a home to a child in need. In the end, though, adoption is a means for placing children with new parents who have the same duties to the child and the rights of parentage as the child's biological parents once held.

When can legal separations be converted to divorce in Virginia?

In Virginia, family law disputes do not always lead to an immediate divorce. In some instances, the couple will choose to live separately to determine if they would like to try and salvage the marriage. After sufficient time has passed, a couple has the legal right to convert the case into a divorce. There are certain criteria that must be met for this to be done. Those who are considering a legal separation or are already legally separated and would like to divorce should be aware of this aspect of family law.

How is alimony determined?

Throughout the history of the United States, until recently, it had been assumed that the father in a family would be the one who goes out and earns money for the family while the mother stays home to take care of the children. Since the 1960's to 1970's however, our traditional gender roles and how a family operates has begun to evolve.

Do Virginia courts still award lifetime alimony awards?

A recent divorce outcome may seem controversial: A Virginia court awarded a lifetime alimony award to one spouse. On appeal, the spouse alleged that the award forced him out of retirement and back into the workforce. However, an appeals court upheld the award.

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