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With paternity comes certain legal rights and obligations

Having a child out of wedlock is starting to lose its social stigma, and it is not unusual these days for a child in Virginia to be born to unmarried parents. However, when this happens the child's father will have to establish paternity, which will confer upon the father all the legal rights and obligations that come with being a parent.

Young adults are seeing the benefit of prenuptial agreements

Marriage for many is about everlasting love, but it is also essentially a contract between the two spouses, who, once married, will gain certain rights under the law. Because these rights also extend to the divorce process and its outcome, more people in Virginia and across the United States are seeing the value of executing a premarital agreement (commonly known as a prenuptial agreement) before walking down the aisle.

Postnuptial agreements are as practical as prenuptial agreements

For many couples in Virginia, the months and weeks leading up to their wedding is an exciting time, as they dream about their future "'til death do us part." And while couples may see the world through rose-tinted glasses prior to marriage, the fact is that not every marriage is meant to last. While some couples in Virginia may have been advised to execute a premarital agreement (prenuptial agreement) to cover their interests should they divorce, many simply do not do so. However, what if a couple doesn't enter into a premarital agreement prior to getting married, but once married, wish they had?

Student loan debt a factor in some divorces, survey says

Years ago, it was entirely possible to pay your way through college by working a part time job and perhaps taking out a small loan. After graduation, you would be able to get a well-paying job, so the loan was easily paid back. During this time, you would be able to move on with your life. You could get married, buy a house and perhaps even have children. In short, your student debt, if you had any at all, was not onerous.

Adoption is a wonderful way to grow a family in Virginia

Many people in Virginia want to have children but are unable or do not want to do so biologically. In these situations, a person might choose to adopt a child. This is a wonderful event, as it gives a child the chance to grow up in a loving and supportive environment and it gives the adoptive parent the joy that comes with raising a child. However, there are laws regarding adoption that biological parents and prospective adoptive parents should make sure they understand before proceeding.

Virginia couples may cite money arguments as reason for divorce

People in Virginia often come into their marriages with very different money habits. Some may be savers, while others may be spenders. It can be a sticking point for a while, until a couple comes to a consensus about how to handle their finances. Unfortunately, financial matters are fraught with difficulties, especially if couples just can't agree about whether to spend or whether to save. In fact, according to one article, some studies report that financial disagreements are the primary reason couples get divorced.

The changing face of family law and women in the workforce

Decades ago, it was the norm for men to "bring home the bacon" and for women to be stay-at-home moms. However, the dynamics of women in the workforce have changed, and these days it is not unusual for women in Leesburg and nationwide to obtain jobs in which they earn more than their husbands. This may be a step in the right direction for both women and men with regards to equality in the workplace, but it also has a significant effect on family law issues.

Annulment may be an option for some Virginia couples

Not every marriage in Virginia is entered into by two people who are deeply in love with one another. Sometimes, one party keeps something of great importance a secret from the other party, only for the truth to be exposed after the marriage vows are said. Or, perhaps a party was intoxicated when they got married, or they were coerced into the marriage. Any of these situations could make a person regret having gotten married in the first place. People in such situations may think that divorce is their only option, but for some, annulment may also be a means for ending the marriage.

When can a legal separation lead to divorce?

Before making the ultimate decision to divorce, sometimes a couple in Leesburg will separate first. They may want to just give themselves some space to determine if they truly want to end their marriage. However, it is important to understand that there is a difference between informally separating and a legal separation should the couple ultimately decide to divorce.

What can be included in a premarital agreement in Virginia?

Spring is here and summer is around the corner; both popular seasons for weddings in Virginia. Many soon-to-be spouses are busy making their wedding plans. But, while they may be engrossed in planning for their big day, they should also be making plans for the fact that they will be sharing their lives together from there on out. Engaged couples assume they will be together forever, but, realistically, not every marriage will last. Some marriages will end in divorce.

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