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January 2019 Archives

New app aims to help parents with child custody issues

Parents in Virginia who have gone through a divorce may want to try to keep the matter as stress-free as possible for their children. In an effort to try to put their children's needs first, they may attempt co-parenting with regards to child custody and parenting time. Through co-parenting, parents will generally make decisions regarding their child's care together, and they may both play an active role in the upbringing of their child, for example, by attending important events with the child together.

Is aiding and abetting the same thing as conspiracy in Virginia?

What happens if you give someone a loaded gun, knowing that they're going to use it to do something illegal? Or, what if you serve as the getaway driver for a person who has committed a crime such as burglary? Perhaps you didn't plan the crime itself, but you did something that you knew would help another person commit that crime. In these cases, Virginia residents may have committed complicity, and could be criminally charged.

Planning ahead for summer vacation: 3 custody tips

Many people begin planning and saving for summer vacation early in the year. Summer is one of the most difficult times to co-parent. No matter who gets to take the kids on a vacation this year, remember that this is a time to relax. You do not need to go through the emotional turmoil of renewing old arguments with your ex. 

Who can be the victim of domestic violence in Virginia?

It is not unusual for those who live together to get into arguments sometimes. Most of the time these arguments involve nothing but words and are ultimately resolved with no issue. Other times, however, these arguments can escalate into a physical altercation that leads to charges of domestic violence.

Divorce mediation can be an attractive option for some Virginians

Not every marriage ends in bitterness and rancor. In the age of "conscious uncoupling," some couples in Virginia, while recognizing that their union is no longer tenable, still want to try to end things in a cooperative manner. These couples may find divorce mediation to be an attractive option.

Can a DUI ruin your child's college career?

Sending your child off to college is a milestone moment that comes with many hopes as well as some fears. You trust that you have given your child the best possible guidance to live a responsible and independent life, and yet your child is still in the beginning stages of adulthood and may not always make the wisest decisions.

Can grandparents seek visitation rights following a divorce?

The bond between a grandparent and their grandchild can be loving and strong. So, when that bond is severed due to divorce, grandparents may wonder if they have any right to visitation with their grandchild. The Code of Virginia ยง20-124.2 addresses this issue.

Trucker charged with DUI following roll-over accident in Virginia

Most people in Virginia who operate a commercial vehicle take care to do so safely. In fact, because these big-rigs can be difficult to handle, an operator of a commercial vehicle needs to obtain a special license to operate the vehicles. Truckers can take all safety precautions possible, but accidents do occur, some of which could lead to criminal charges, including drunk driving charges.

Prenuptial agreements can address the touchy subject of debt

Money can be a touchy subject, especially when times are tough financially. In fact, according to one study, of couples surveyed, 40 percent reported that debt negatively affected their relationship with one another. This could lead to breakdowns in communication and arguments regarding finances. In fact, a separate study found that married couples who often argue about finances were 30 percent more apt to end up filing for divorce than those who did not often fight about money.

Poll suggests some Virginians support criminal justice reform

In general, if you are found guilty of a serious crime in Virginia, you can expect to spend some time in prison. However, are sentences of lengthy incarceration always the best way to treat those who have committed a crime? One poll suggests that Virginia residents are starting to say "no."

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