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What types of spousal support may be awarded in Virginia?

Sometimes, a married couple decides that one spouse will stay at home to care for the family, while the other spouse pursues a career. The working spouse is able to "climb the corporate ladder" and ultimately sees career success that leaves the couple well off financially.

Parents in Virginia can work together to devise a parenting plan

Child custody can be one of the most emotionally charged issues divorcing parents face. After all, parents seeking a divorce understand that they will likely not see their child every day once the split is complete. However, it is important to remember that for a child to grow and thrive, the child deserves to spend time with each parent, so that the child can cultivate a meaningful relationship with each parent. It's helpful for parents going through a divorce to try to keep their emotions calm, and work together to create a parenting plan that meets the child's best interests.

3 tips for creating a parenting plan

You love your child, and you want to make sure that s/he has the life you planned out. You didn't foresee a divorce when you gave birth, but since it's happening, you want to work together with your spouse to create the best possible arrangement for your child's custody.

We provide strong advocacy in child custody cases

Going through a divorce is a big change, not just for the spouses involved, but for their children as well. Most Virginia parents want to see that their children grow up in as optimal an environment as possible. Therefore, they need to recognize that, barring extreme circumstances, their children should be allowed to spend  time with each parent, even after a divorce, so that the children can have a meaningful relationship with each parent.

Property division: Marital property versus separate property

In Virginia and in most other states in the nation, when a couple is seeking a divorce their property will be divided per equitable distribution. When property is divided in this manner, a judge will decide what would be fair to both parties, meaning that it may not be an exact 50/50 split. In addition, only marital property will be subject to property division; separate property may be kept by the party that owns it. Therefore, it pays to have an understanding of what constitutes marital property and what constitutes separate property.  In Virginia, the burden of proving property is separate is on the party claiming that it is separate - It is presumed that all property acquired during the marriage is marital.

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