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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.

When might a prenuptial agreement be unenforceable?

When a couple in Virginia executes a premarital agreement, commonly referred to as a "prenuptial agreement," they may feel confident that it is air-tight and will serve them both well should their marriage come to an end. However, when a couple decides to divorce, there can be many disputes. Sometimes, one party even tries to challenge the terms of the premarital agreement, especially if they want out of it. The following are some ways a premarital agreement may be deemed unenforceable in a divorce.

Does genetics play a role in the likelihood of divorce?

Given the many complexities and experiences in any given marital relationship, it is no surprise that there are many things that go into a couple's decision to end their marriage. People in Virginia contemplating divorce may be musing over what actions or inactions lead to the demise of their marriage. One study, however, suggests that genetics may play a role.

Protect your assets in the event of a divorce

Premarital agreements, also known as prenuptial agreements, can be helpful for many soon-to-be wed couples in Virginia. If one or both partners is coming into the marriage with significant assets or has their own business, a premarital agreement can address who will keep these assets in the event of a divorce. Even couples who are starting out in their marriage with few assets of their own can use a premarital agreement to lay out who will get what with the assets they intend to purchase during the course of the marriage. However, for many reasons, not every couple executes a premarital agreement prior to walking down the aisle. Fortunately, there are still ways these couples can protect their separate property while married, just in case the marriage doesn't last.

What will a court in Virginia consider when awarding alimony?

Alimony, also known as "spousal support," can be a sticking point for couples in Virginia who are seeking a divorce. After all, the lesser earning spouse will want to ensure they are left with the appropriate financial resources they need post-divorce. But, the higher earning spouse will also want to ensure that they are not paying so much in alimony that it significantly impacts their financial situation post-divorce. However, it is possible for a fair amount of alimony to be awarded that meets the needs of both parties.

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