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Telling family and friends that you’re getting a divorce

It’s hard to explain to family and friends that your marriage is over. Probably, even though they may have seen some of the less attractive sides of your relationship, you’ve still gone above and beyond NOT to let them see him in a terrible light. Probably, in many ways, they’ve accepted him as one of…


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Will my spousal support end?

Spousal support is a bit of a bear.  It’s not all that predictable – whether we’re talking about how much spousal support you might expect to receive, or how long you’ll receive it.  Whether your spousal support will end is often another one of those gray areas, and it can be difficult to tell –…


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Common Law Marriage in Virginia

Okay, so, the headline of this article, “Common Law Marriage in Virginia” is a little misleading, and I’ll tell you why. There is NO common law marriage in Virginia. Common law marriage is a thing, at least in some states, but it isn’t in Virginia.  The theory there, which I assume you already know, is…


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Will my new boyfriend hurt my Virginia custody case?

Let’s face it, one day, you’ll date again. For some, of course, it happens much sooner than others but, in the majority of cases, it happens. If you have children with your ex, no matter what else might happen, dating because exponentially more difficult. How do you talk about new boyfriends with the children? When…


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Separation Basics

Separation is one of those areas where a lot of people get tripped up.  I think, most of the time, they really overthink it, and with separation, like with most things, that can cause a lot of confusion.  Because it’s legal (at least, I guess that’s why?) they think it has to be a lot…


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Filing for Virginia Legal Separation

Divorce is one of those areas of law that is very state-specific.  Unlike certain areas of law that are federally controlled, each state is largely responsible for the divorce laws that govern in their courts.  The states are, as they say, the social laboratories. So, it’s kind of hard to know, from state to state,…


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Are we separated if he sleeps on the couch?

Separation in Virginia, like most everywhere else, is often the first step towards divorce. But a lot of women are often confused about what it means to separate or be legally separated in Virginia. What’s required? How do you have to change your behavior? Is there any paperwork that goes along with a legal separation?…


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Can we be in marriage counseling and still be separated?

When a husband and a wife legally separate from one another, they separate with the intention to end the marriage. Then, they stop cohabitating. Cohabitation is a fancy legal word that describes the way two people live together as a married couple. When you are cohabitating, you’re behaving a certain way both inside and outside…


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Separated and Divorcing in Virginia

If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to save your marriage or it’s really just time to end it, you’ve probably already given some thought to a legal separation. Being separated, after all, doesn’t officially mean things are ending, but it does mean that both you and your husband can take some time to really think…


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Lump Sum Spousal Support

Spousal support is one of those things that is just not guaranteed. In fact, it’s pretty complicated. When people ask me whether they’ll receive spousal support (and, then, inevitably, if so, how much?), I want to give them as clear of an answer as possible. But the truth is anything but clear. I’ve talked about…


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