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September 2016 Archives

Dangerous myths about domestic violence and custody

Virginia parents who are divorcing and who have been the victim of domestic violence might assume that this means they will get custody of their children, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. In some cases, a judge, looking at the child's best interests, might see that such a parent s in a less stable situation. This could lead to the other parent getting custody.

Same-sex marriage and prenuptial agreements

Following the Supreme Court decision declaring that state laws banning same-sex marriages were unconstitutional, many couples in Virginia and across the nation have married or are planning to marry. Same-sex couples may have spent years together accumulating substantial assets. When they decide to marry, protecting their interests in case of a subsequent divorce is important.

Domestic abuse victims have brain injuries like NFL players

Many people in Virginia have heard about the traumatic brain injuries that affect professional football players. While football-related brain injuries are making big headlines, less is known about the brain injuries that are sustained by victims of domestic violence. Repeated blows to the head can cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and some researchers believe that there are many domestic abuse survivors with this condition.

Preparing children for the realities of divorce

Going through a divorce is often an emotional process for Virginia couples who wish to escape an unhappy marriage, and this can be especially true when they are parents. People sometimes choose to remain in an unfulfilling marriage to protect their children from psychological trauma, but researchers have concluded that this may actually do more harm than good. Divorce can be hard on children who are unprepared for the changes that it ushers in, but there are some proactive steps parents can take that may cushion the blow.

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