It’s NOT the Principle that Matters: Letting the Small Stuff Go in Divorce

I have a new mantra for you, “It is NOT the principle that matters.” Try that out. Say it a few times. Let it sink in. Because seriously, ladies, we can’t afford to be constantly governed by principles, especially when it comes to divorce. I know, I know—your emotions are raw, your foundation has been…

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Starting The Divorce Process

Starting the Divorce Process Do you remember Driver’s Ed in High School? Do you remember sitting in the driver’s seat for the first time with the instructor by your side? I can remember the instructor telling me to put my foot on the break, put the gear in reverse, then take my foot off the…

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Four Tips for Women Facing Divorce

If you’re heading towards divorce, you can’t bury your head like an ostrich in the sand. The key to a successful divorce is careful, deliberate planning. To help prepare you to move forward, I’ve put together four key tips for women facing divorce. 1. Get the information first. You won’t know where to start until…

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How to Avoid Drama When Your Child’s Father Relocates: Get a Custody Order in Place NOW!

If your child’s father has relocated to another state, you could wind up with a child custody nightmare on your hands, especially if you send your child to visit him without an established custody order in place. Here’s what happens: you think things are okay, and he’s not really fighting for custody. He asks to…

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Why Can’t I Use a Military JAG Attorney for My Va. Beach Divorce?

Why Can't I Use a Military JAG Attorney for My Va. Beach Divorce? Servicemembers (and their dependents) can receive free military counsel for the preparation of wills and powers of attorney. Servicemembers accused of crimes in the military justice system are also afforded free military defense counsel. BUT, when it comes to divorce and child…

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The Silent Treatment: How Choices You’re Making are Hurting Your Marriage

It’s so true that men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. The way we think and act is completely different, and sometimes incredibly frustrating. What seems like a nonissue to a man may be something World War III worthy to a woman—it’s unfortunate, but it’s just the way we’re built. When we get…

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I Cheated on my Husband: What do I do now?

Women, like men, have affairs for all kinds of reasons, though those reasons are usually very different. For women, it generally has more to do with the level of satisfaction she’s experiencing in her marriage—an unhappy woman, for example, is 2.6 times more likely to cheat. Usually, it’s the result of some underlying condition. The…

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He Cheated: Should I Get Tested?

One of the most difficult conversations I’ve ever had with a client had nothing to do with the law or her entitlements under it. “I never thought I would have to do this after so many years of marriage,” she cried to me over the phone. “But I went to get tested.” In general, the…

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How much does adultery matter?

When adultery causes the breakdown of a marriage, there are a lot of competing emotions. Adultery is such a major violation of trust that it seems like the consequences should be severe. In fact, in Virginia, adultery is still a crime and, even though it is rarely ever prosecuted, it is still true that the…

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On a Budget: Making Ends Meet After Divorce

One of the hardest things to face, when your marriage starts to go downhill, is the fact that you can’t remove your husband from the picture and then go on with your life as-is. Things are going to change and, no matter what the reason for the breakdown of the marriage, you’re going to have…

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