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March 2017 Archives

Bankruptcy court rejects divorce decree

Virginia estranged couples should be aware of a ruling by a federal bankruptcy court regarding the authority of the divorce court. According to the ruling, an order issued by a divorce judge cannot determine whether an obligation is subject to bankruptcy relief.

The truth about child custody

Parents in Virginia who are negotiating child custody issues may be making important decisions based on common misconceptions that abound. There are several specific myths of which parents should be aware when trying to reach agreements.

The reason for higher divorce rates among older Americans

The divorce rate among Americans who are aged 50 or older has roughly doubled since the 1990s. In 2015, 10 out of every 1,000 married people who were 50 or older were divorced. This is compared to five people out of every 1,000 married who were 50 or older in 1990. For those who are 65 or older in Virginia and around the country, their divorce rate has nearly three times as high in 2015 as it was in 1990.

Children's security often first casualty of divorce

Most Virginia parents will readily subscribe to the idea that their children's well-being comes before other considerations. However, this is sometimes tested when their marriage is coming to an end. Research shows that the majority of damage children suffer during a divorce is directly related to the arguments and conflicts of parents. It is thus often up to the parents to protect their children from the insecurity, emotional turmoil and pressure to choose sides that many children feel during the process.

Taking advantage of a prenuptial agreement in Virginia

Couples preparing to marry generally don't want to think about what would happen if they end up getting a divorce. However, that's essentially what a prenuptial agreement involves. Prenuptial agreements allow couples to determine, in advance, how a variety of issues will be settled if the marriage fails.

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