Un-Signing a Prenup

I talked last week about cases where a prenup is already signed (spoiler alert: YES, it IS a big deal!). The gist of it is that, in any case, a legal contract like a prenuptial agreement or a separation agreement exists in order to modify the law, and to make specific conditions apply to the case…

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3 Ways a Virginia Prenup Can Hurt You

3 ways a Virginia prenup can hurt you Prenuptial agreements aren’t a whole lot of fun. In almost every case I’ve ever seen, one party has the other party completely over a barrel, and it diminishes any amount of bargaining power that she might have otherwise had. But, then again, that’s the point, isn’t it?…

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Can I sign this prenuptial agreement?

Can I sign this prenuptial agreement? Women frequently bring us in already drafted agreements for our review and comment. Usually, a drafted agreement – whether it’s a prenuptial agreement, a marital agreement, or a separation agreement – includes some sort of language that says there’s been a full and frank disclosure of the assets and…

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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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Virginia Annulment and Divorce Options

It’s only in the movies that people dramatically break up before the wedding.  Or, at least, that’s what it seems like to me.  As many weddings as I’ve been to (and been in!), no one has broken up at the altar.  Of all the people I know, only one has even broken a serious engagement….

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Cruelty in Virginia Divorce

It’s not one that we see all the time (in fact, we prefer not to have cruelty come up!), but, in Virginia, cruelty is grounds for divorce.  It’s not one that we see all the time (in fact, we prefer not to have cruelty come up!), but, in Virginia, cruelty is grounds for divorce.  …

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Can I have a boyfriend after separation?

I get asked all the time what the general rule is with respect to getting a boyfriend after separation.  To be fair, a fair number of my clients tell me that they’ll never remarry and that men are scum, but there are plenty of others who are looking for love before the ink is dry…

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What rights do I have as an immigrant in Virginia divorce?

Many marriages involve a move. For some, it’s a little move—maybe, possibly, even just a short drive away. For others, it involves a move to a totally different state. For still others, it involves a move to a totally different country. We’ve seen marriages between couples from all over the world, whether they’ve both immigrated…

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How do I get an annulment in Virginia?

Things aren’t working out and, for one reason or another, you are probably wondering whether divorce is the only option available to you. Maybe your husband lied to you about something critically important; a lie, frankly, without which you would not have married him. Maybe you realized your mistake really quickly; maybe you realized it,…

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My fiance wants me to sign a prenup. What should I do?

If you’re headed towards your happily ever after and suddenly your fiancé starts talking to you about prenuptial agreements, you’re probably feeling concerned. Whatever happened to the “what’s mine is yours” philosophy? Isn’t that what marriage is about? Marriage is about a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Prenuptial agreements are…

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