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The digital age offers new tools to those seeking divorce

The number of couples in the U.S. who decide to end their marriage is on the decline for adults born between 1981 and 1996 -- also known as "millennials" -- according to some researchers. However, the fact of the matter is that some millennials in Virginia and across the U.S. will still decide to divorce. Younger adults are more apt to have a greater social media presence than older adults -- from Facebook and Instagram accounts, to Twitter feeds and accounts other social media platforms. These individuals may also be more likely to use online services to facilitate their divorce.

Are field sobriety tests performed at a DUI stop infallible?

If an officer suspects a person in Virginia is drunk driving, the officer may perform a field sobriety test before performing a breath test. There are three standard field sobriety tests that may be performed at a DUI stop. They include the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk and turn test and the one-leg stand test.

How can Virginians prepare for the financial aspects of divorce?

Divorce involves not just the unraveling of a personal relationship, but also a financial relationship. Virginia couples seeking to end their marriage will face financial and property issues that must be resolved before they can part ways. Property division is a major focus of many divorces, and its outcome can affect a spouse well after the divorce has concluded. It can help to keep a few points in mind when it comes to the financial aspects of divorce.

Harassment via the Internet can lead to criminal sanctions

The digital age has provided us with new ways of communicating with one another that decades ago may have seemed impossible. With the advent of the Internet came email, chatrooms, social media platforms, video conferencing and more. In fact, it may seem as if there are more ways to communicate with one another than ever before.

Life has changed -- can spousal support in Virginia change too?

Paying spousal support can be a sticking point between a couple, even after their divorce is finalized. Not only does it tie a person to an ex-spouse well after their marriage has ended, but life events may occur that makes one party feel the spousal support order needs to be modified. However, not all spousal support requests will be honored.

The stakes are high when a trucker in Virginia gets a DUI

It takes skill to handle a semi-truck, bus or other large commercial vehicle. In fact, drivers of these vehicles must obtain a special license to operate them. In addition, the law holds them to a higher standard of care than motorists of standard automobiles, specifically when it comes to drunk driving.

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