Divorcing women should look out for themselves First, Then the Kids

My number one cardinal rule (there are 24 more) for women going through divorce is that you must look out for yourself first. That's right, Not the children first but YOU first. Most attorneys will tell you and many judges will pontificate about always putting the children first. They live in the ideal, not the…

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Adultery, Sodomy and Buggery-The Sexual Misconduct Fault Grounds for Divorce in Virginia

ADULTERY, SODOMY AND BUGGERY The fault grounds based on sexual misconduct: 1) Adultery—sexual intercourse; 2) Sodomy—oral or anal sex and 3) Buggery—sex with animals, are difficult grounds to prove in Virginia. Adultery and sodomy are defined as any married person voluntarily having sexual intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex with any person who is not…

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How to Divorce and not wreck the Kids was subject of same name documentary last night !

Three Canadians got divorced last night on television in a one hour documentary (see clips at http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/ ) The reason for their ever so public divorce ? They wanted to show us that they could separate without destroying their kids. An astonishing statistic : Only 5% of couples actually sit down and discuss with their…

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In House Separations: Living In the Same House While Legally Separated

To be separated means one of the parties has left the marriage with the intent not to return. Many times, we are asked "Can we be separated while living in the same house?" – the short answer for Virginia residents is NO. Normally, when two people separate, it’s only natural that they start to live…

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Separating? Getting divorced? Review your estate plan!

Most people become extremely overwhelmed with all the details involving their divorce. What will the parenting schedule be? How much support will I receive? What will happen to the house? One important area many people overlook is reviewing their estate plan. Review life insurance policies and other asset beneficiary designations (IRAs, 401ks). If your soon-to-be…

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How Do I Get Him Out of The House ?

Of all the issues we will discuss, this is among the toughest to answer. Absent provable abuse entitling you to a Protective Order issued by a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, you can’t make him leave and most judges simply won’t kick him out. Adjust accordingly for the time being. You may ask, why…

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New Collaborative Divorce Website Launched

Be sure to visit our new website: http://virginiacollaborativelaw.com/ Starting in 1990, Stu Webb and a group of professionals in Minnesota decided that families were so harmed by divorce litigation, they created a new process where families would have minimum contact with the court. Today, with the help of legal, financial and mental health professionals, families…

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Why this season’s most fashionable accessory is a divorce lawyer

According To Vogue magazine, divorce lawyers have become the 13th most useful fashionable accessory to the fashionable elite. Recognizing the complexity of current divorces due to the credit crunch , the best and brightest women are making sure they are arm in arm with their divorce settlement negotiator. As in Yorkshire England, I am finding…

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Alec Baldwin uses excuse of scientifically discredited Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) on 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer

On Friday, September 19, 2008, Alec Baldwin appeared on a 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer to promote his book. Blaming his outrageous voice mail message to his daughter and his multi-million dollar divorce litigation on the scientifically discredited theory of "Parental Alienation Syndrome," Baldwin attempted to portray himself as a victim of former wife Kim…

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Funding College Education — How Upromise Can Help (By Mary Elizabeth Davis)

Many parents are faced with the challenge of sending their children to college while in the middle of a divorce. In Virginia, neither parent can be financially required by the courts to pay for college unless college costs were agreed upon in a separation agreement or other document. This frustrates many parents, who feel that…

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