The house in Virginia divorce

For many married couples, the home is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) asset. You’re going to have to do some thinking about what you want done with the home after divorce. For a lot of reasons, the home comes with a lot of emotional attachment, and different people have different ideas about…

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Getting a Job After Divorce: Will I Have to?

Let me say, before I go too far, that no judge can FORCE you to go back to work. At least, there’s no way he (or she) can issue any kind of order that will require you to return to work if you don’t want to. Getting a job after divorce isn’t something that someone…

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Can I talk to the JAG attorneys about my Virginia military divorce?

If you or your spouse is in the military, it’s only natural that, when your thoughts turn to divorce (or any other legal issue, for that matter), your mind jumps automatically to the legal services provided to military service members by the JAG attorneys. The military provides a great deal of incredibly valuable services to…

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Inconvenient Forum: Divorce Filed Far Away

Technically, any court anywhere in Virginia has jurisdiction over your divorce. So, even if you live in Virginia Beach, your husband could file for divorce in Fairfax, if he wanted to—just to be difficult. Usually it doesn’t happen just because someone wants to be difficult (because he’d have to drive to and from Fairfax for…

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Divorce for Virginia Business Owners

A lot of divorcing couples own a business–something that tends to complicate equitable distribution. Equitable distribution is a fancy word we use to describe how property is divided in Virginia. Equitable distribution, unlike community property, doesn’t necessarily assume that property will be divided 50/50, but that negative and positive monetary and non monetary contributions can…

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Your Divorce, Your Words

Every so often, I meet someone who thinks he (well, usually it’s a he) knows more about the divorce than the woman who is supposed to become my client. They try to strong arm the conversation, to steer it in their direction, and to do everything in their power to “help” the divorcing woman. A…

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When you get a letter saying your husband has filed for divorce

When you file a case in the circuit court, it’s a matter of public record. Divorces, therefore, since they are filed in the circuit court, are public record. When you file a divorce, your complaint is either served on your husband by a sheriff or returned to you (or your divorce lawyer, if you’re represented…

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Dealing with an unreasonable husband in Virginia divorce

Something ridiculous happened to me the other day. In a case that I’m working on, I got an email from opposing counsel. She advised me that my client was “financially irresponsible,” and said that this was the reason why she wouldn’t agree to a number of things that we were requesting in the separation agreement….

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Negotiating Your Virginia Divorce

Most of the time, divorce is a negotiating process. It’s like haggling and, if you’re like me, and haggling always made you super uncomfortable, don’t worry. It’s really not so bad. There is a lot of posturing, though, and oftentimes the first offer isn’t a very good offer (so the tendency is for some women…

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Support for divorcing Virginia women

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. I know some people really get worked up about this holiday in particular, but I really have never been a big fan. I’m not single, but, even when I was, I always kind of felt like the holiday was a good reason to stay in, rather than go…

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