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How your spouse's Facebook contributes to your divorce

If Facebook or other social media is a big part of your spouse's life, it may not be unusual to see him or her posting frequently, sharing pictures and updating statuses throughout the day. In fact, it may be a source of contention if your spouse seems to be on the computer or staring at a phone more often than spending time in conversation with you. Perhaps most upsetting is your spouse reconnecting with an old romantic partner through social media, and you suspect they are more than friends.

It is a common story these days. Social media interferes with more and more marriages, often leading to divorce. However, it doesn't stop there. More divorcing spouses are using their partner's social media presence to gain an advantage during divorce and custody battles. You may find that your spouse's posts can help you.

Planning for a successful divorce

When people in Virginia consider divorce, they may wonder what plans they need to make to move forward. After all, divorce isn't merely an emotional and personal separation; it is also a legal and financial disentanglement that can be complicated. Every year, there are around 2 million divorces across the country, and people who understand the process can be better equipped to move forward successfully. In general, there are three phases of a divorce: filing, discovery and disposition. While the final disposition of a divorce can come through a trial in family court, it can also be handled through a mediated or negotiated settlement.

There are various factors that people should consider when deciding to file for divorce. In the first place, they should be sure they want to end their marriage; due to the formal, legal aspects of divorce, it can be an expensive process. In addition, people should become familiar with the Virginia divorce laws and the necessary timelines to follow. Divorce can also be a time to consider and plan for personal goals, especially financial plans. Given that people are often making a new financial start after divorce, it is a good time to begin planning. This budgeting process will also help to answer questions such as how to handle the marital home.

Financial Documents For Your Divorce Or Support Case

Before starting the divorce process, you will need to get organized regarding your finances: incomes, assets and liabilities. One of the first things you need to do is to engage in what's called "discovery." Discovery means gathering documents and answering questions regarding your incomes, assets and liabilities (this is often called "Requests for Production of Documents." Discovery is also responding to questions regarding these financial matters (this is often called "Interrogatories"). Here, we will focus on documents requests.

How Can I Stay On My Spouse's Health Insurance Policy During And After Divorce?

During a marriage, each family member usually has medical insurance through one spouse's employer sponsored group policy. Alternatively, one spouse can be the owner of an individual medical insurance policy that covers the entire family. When parties get divorced, the spouse who is not the employee of the employer group policy or is not the owner of the individual policy will no longer be able to stay on the medical insurance policy. What is the spouse who loses his/her insurance to do?

There are options that must be explored before any settlement agreement is finalized or before a divorce hearing. Cost and coverages of various options need to be investigated. Coverage of preexisting conditions, deductibles, policy limits must be considered.

How To Improve Communications With Your Ex-Spouse. What If Your Ex Is Writing You Nasty Emails Or Text Messages

Your former spouse or the other parent is engaged in a harassing email campaign sending you offensive, obnoxious, and hateful messages, and undermining you as a parent What should you do? How should you respond?

Out of anger, some respond in a less than a civil manner.

Others will not respond at all.

Do not take either approach.

Why many marriages fail

A Virginia couple could have many reasons to end their marriage. However, there are some factors that are more common than others, according to researchers from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Analysts found that one of the most common reasons for divorce is a lack of commitment from one or both spouses. Another frequently cited factor was infidelity on the part of one or both spouses.

In the NCBI study, individuals who were not faithful to their partners said that they were scared of being abandoned or feeling neglected in their relationships. Couples who argue a lot may be more likely to put an end to their marriages. For many, the arguments simply got worse over time and resulted from a lack of positive feelings about their former spouses.

What Should You Do If You Suspect Your Husband Or Wife Is Cheating And Committing Adultery

You suspect your spouse is cheating or committing adultery. What should you do?

The very first thing, before you tell anyone, is to contact a divorce lawyer. Do not confront your spouse. Make sure you don't indicate to your spouse that you know anything. You do this because once your spouse knows that you know, he or she can destroy evidence. He or she can also stop the affair and you will then lose your chance of catching him or her with the lover.

Grounds For Divorce: Adultery

In Virginia, you can file for a divorce based on the your spouse's fault. One ground for filing for divorce is that your spouse is unfaithful, that is he or she has committed adultery. In Virginia, adultery is an act by one spouse of voluntarily having sexual intercourse (heterosexual and homosexual) with a person who is not their spouse.

Besides being a grounds for filing for divorce, adultery is also a criminal offense--a class 4 misdemeanor crime in Virginia, though it is rarely prosecuted. However, the fact that adultery is crime can have an impact on the divorce case. Your spouse and his/her spouse can invoke the Fifth Amendment to refuse to answer any questions relating to the adultery on the basis that their answers my incriminate them.

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