Financial Considerations in Divorce

If you’re considering divorce, it’s a good idea to look at your overall financial picture before you make any big decisions. It’s no secret that, for the past several years, the economy has been pretty bleak–causing many people’s careers to flounder, their homes and retirement accounts to lose value. Can you afford to get a…

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The Balancing Act: Maintaining Family While Still Being You

In becoming wives and mothers, many women give up their identity. It’s not like we’re asked to, but it’s something that seems to happen to almost all of us in a way that it really doesn’t usually happen to men. Does anyone ask us to give our interests and passions up? Does anyone really say,…

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Debunking Common Child Custody Myths

Child custody myths vs. child custody facts; it’s important to know the difference when you’re a parent seeking a divorce. Newport News family law attorneys often encounter clients with misconceptions about child custody; the following are among the most common. Common Child Custody Myths Child Custody Myth 1: If parents split custody 50/50, neither will…

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Women are at Risk for Losing Health Insurance Post-Divorce

Each year, 115,000 recently divorced women lose their health insurance, according to a study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, “Divorce and Women’s Risk of Health Care Loss.” Of those 115,000 women, 65,000 lose their insurance entirely. For women who have received health insurance benefits through their husband’s employment, this is a…

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Abby Cadabby’s Parents are Divorced, Too: Finding the Right Words to Explain Changing Family Dynamics

For better or for worse, divorce has become the norm. More and more children come from a non-traditional home environment, and adults often struggle to use the right words to help explain these complicated situations to their children. No matter what the status of your marriage, we all want to put aside our differences for…

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What Is A 20/20/20 Spouse and Why Is This Important in Virginia Beach, VA?

WHAT IS A 20/20/20 SPOUSE AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? A 20/20/20 spouse refers to someone who has been married to a military member for over 20 years – and where the 20 years of marriage overlaps with 20 years of military service. Quite simply, the servicemember must have served for more than 20 years,…

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Let’s Get Back Together! Virginia Separation Laws and Reuniting

You should be familiar with Virginia separation laws if you’re considering divorce. Separation sometimes can be emotionally complicated, and some couples may have questions about what types of behavior would void a separation. Voiding a Separation? Investigate Why You Want to Reunite First off, it’s important to know the basic rules of separation. Virginia separation…

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Pre-Divorce Finances, Part 3: Supporting yourself during divorce if you’re not the primary breadwinner

If you’re not the primary breadwinner in the family, divorce is even more intimidating. Without a significant and steady source of income, moving out or supporting the house on your own seems impossible. Usually, there’s not a whole lot that happens between the initial separation until the entry of the final divorce decree—so you’ll have…

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Credit and Divorce: How to Protect Your Credit

Credit and divorce may be two of the most challenging issues most of us will face. Some of the most valuable divorcing tips are those that involve protecting credit. Few couples truly are aware of how much their credit matters can affect them during and after divorce, or whether there’s anything that can be done…

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Pre-Divorce Finances, Part 2: Use marital money to set priorities

Just because you’re thinking of getting a divorce doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to going broke, too. There are a lot of choices you can make at the outset that will protect your family’s finances now and in the future. Remember that you will likely have less after your divorce than you did…

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