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'Parallel parenting' in shared child custody arrangements

Divorcing parents in Virginia may be eager to cut ties with one another and go their separate ways. However, despite the end of their marriage, parents will still have one tie to one another -- their need to raise their child together. Sometimes parents are on good enough terms with one another that they can "co-parent" -- that is, make major life decisions on behalf of the child together and agree on the day-to-day raising of the child. This can be the case if parents share legal custody and physical custody.

What if you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint over the holidays?

Thanksgiving is a time when most Virginia residents spend time with their loved ones celebrating the good fortunes they have in life. Part of the celebration is good food and, for many, an alcoholic beverage or two. Thanksgiving is also one of the busiest travel times of the year. It may be for these reasons that in Virginia, DUI checkpoints are set up around holidays when people may be drinking.

What constitutes the crime of identity theft in Virginia?

In the age of the Internet, it may seem like identity theft is becoming a greater issue than ever. People in Virginia not only purchase items or do their banking in brick-and-mortar locations, but now they make many financial transactions online. But, in either case it is possible that a person can be accused of identity theft, which is a very serious crime.

Business valuation may be necessary in some divorces

Many business owners in Virginia see financial success as they run their enterprises. This success can occur during marriage, meaning that both spouses benefit from it. However, not every marriage is meant to last and some couples will end up seeking a divorce. This means that, as part of the property division process, the business must also be divided. Before that can happen, however, there may need to be business valuation proceedings.

Defenses exist against the crime of sexual assault

Allegations of sexual crimes are very serious. If a person in Virginia is convicted on sexual assault charges, not only may they face fines, incarceration and a criminal record, but they may also have to register as a sex offender. This could significantly limit where they can live or even what occupations they may pursue. Thus, it is essential that they formulate a strong defense strategy that will clear their name.

What are the two types of divorce in Virginia?

Most people getting married in Virginia do not anticipate their marriage might end in divorce, but that is the reality for some people. In Virginia, there are two different ways a person can end their marriage. A person can seek a divorce from the bond of matrimony or a divorce from bed and board.

'Tender years' doctrine no longer recognized under Virginia law

In what was known as the "tender years" doctrine, it used to be presumed that most mothers should be the primary caretaker of their child, especially if the child was young. So, when parents divorced, oftentimes the mother was awarded primary custody, and the father was only awarded visitation. However, times have changed, and it is now recognized that fathers also play an important role in a child's life.

How does driver's license suspension compare to revocation?

Maybe you are driving home from happy hour after work or a party at a friend's house when you see police lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. Before you know it, you are facing drunk driving charges. This can be a stressful time, as not only are you facing the possibility of fines or jail time, but you are also facing the loss of your driver's license. Because these penalties can have such a significant impact on your life, it is important to understand the difference between driver's license suspension and driver's license revocation in Virginia.

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