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October 2018 Archives

Virginia employers must comply with federal safety regulations

Most employers in Virginia want to ensure they keep their premises safe for their workers. They know that workers have certain rights should they be exposed to dangerous work conditions. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, outlines the regulatory compliance measures employers must take to keep their workplaces safe for employees.

Address Halloween in your child custody and parenting plan

Halloween is approaching and that means tricks and treats for many little ghouls and goblins in Virginia. Whether your child is going trick-or-treating, to a trunk-or-treat event, or to a holiday party, Halloween is a special time for them. However, for children whose parents are divorced, this holiday can become more complex.

Are there cases in which a family home may be considered separate property in divorce?

Going through a divorce can be an emotional and frustrating experience. Every divorce case has unique factors that will affect how assets and property are divided. For many divorcing couples, a family home is among their largest and most hotly-contested assets.

Why is it so important to create an estate plan?

No one really wants to think about their death. However, death will come to all of us sooner or later. Through estate planning, we can address issues such as inheritances, end-of-life care and more. However, for a variety of reasons, not everyone in Virginia has executed an estate plan. But, they may want to consider doing so, for the benefit of themselves and their loved ones.

Which spouse will own the family pet after divorce?

You and your spouse make the difficult decision to divorce. You simply cannot get along, and you both feel that separation would benefit your individual lives. Unfortunately, after you married, you adopted a puppy. The dog is an integral part of both of your lives, but who will keep the pet after Hawaii court finalizes your divorce proceedings?

Sentencing for drug charges can be mitigated

Most people in Virginia understand that drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine are highly addictive and dangerous. Therefore, the possession and sale of such drugs is illegal and those who violate the law can expect harsh punishments. This is especially true if a person is in possession of or intends to sell a large amount of these drugs.

What factors do courts consider in child custody cases?

Sometimes divorcing parents in Virginia are able to negotiate a settlement regarding child custody and visitation issues out of court, while other times they cannot reach an agreement and turn to a judge to make the decisions. The court, in doing so, will base its decision on the best interests of the child. When determining what the child's best interests are, the court will consider a number of factors.

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