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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 §20-124.2 addresses this issue.

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.

New Year heralds in new tax laws affecting divorce

On New Year's Eve, some couples in Virginia toast the occasion with a glass of champagne and a kiss. However, some couples are preparing to divorce and go their separate ways. However, they should be aware that in 2019 some significant changes in federal tax laws will go into effect that could impact certain divorce legal issues, including spousal maintenance and child custody.

Virginia law permits annulments in certain circumstances

Most Virginians know that one way to end a marriage is through a divorce. After all, even if they have not gone through a divorce themselves, it is likely that they know someone who has. However, there is another way to end a marriage in Virginia: through annulment.

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.

Can Virginians pursue a 'no-fault' divorce?

Some marriages come to an end due to a specific act of one spouse. For example, one spouse may be unfaithful to their partner or may be abusive. While Virginia law does recognize several different specific fault-based grounds for divorce, it also recognizes what is coequally known as "no-fault" divorce. Per Virginia Code §20-91(9)(a), the requirements for a no-fault divorce differ depending whether the couple has children and on the length of time the couple has been separated.

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.

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