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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Many people in Virginia want to have children but are unable or do not want to do so biologically. In these situations, a person might choose to adopt a child. This is a wonderful event, as it gives a child the chance to grow up in a loving and supportive environment and it gives the adoptive parent the joy that comes with raising a child. However, there are laws regarding adoption that biological parents and prospective adoptive parents should make sure they understand before proceeding.
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.
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.