It's important for any soon-to-be ex-spouse in Virginia to not let the divorce affect their professional life. This means not talking about the divorce unless it is strictly necessary. The only work colleagues who may need to know are business partners, HR professionals and any secretaries who handle scheduling.
When a couple with children separate or seek divorce, there are a number of ways to determine how custody of the children will be decided. Custody means three things: (i) legal custody or decision making; (ii) physical custody or a schedule of when the children will be with either parents; and (iii) all other aspects of raising the children (such as, religion, education, medical, mental health issues). So, how do you deal with these issues if you and the other parent cannot agree?
A permanent protective order is issued by a judge. It can last up to two years. It can be extended by a judge for an additional two years.
If the Court grants you a Preliminary Protective Order, you can ask for the following from the Judge.
One way to obtain a protective order against a family member (see prior blog on the definition of a family member) is to go to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in take office. There, you will meet with an intake officer or counselor who will help you complete the necessary paperwork to obtain a protective order.
When couples in Virginia get married, divorce is typically the last thing on their minds. However, even once-solid relationships have been known to end in divorce. When this happens, both spouses will have to negotiate financial issues, such as dividing joint assets and debts. A spouse may also be responsible for paying alimony or child support to the other.
When a Virginia couple is preparing to walk down the aisle, it is a time of great excitement and a lot of preparation. As a recently engaged person, it can be tempting to only think about planning for the day of the wedding, but you would be wise to think beyond that. Have you given thought to what could happen if your marriage ends in divorce one day?
If you are able to obtain an Emergency Protective Order (EPO), the EPO can do a number of things to protect your health and safety during the time the protective order is effective. A protective order can prohibit:
What is a protective order?
If you are married for 10 years or longer, the lower-earning spouse is entitled to social security benefits on the higher earning spouse's record. These benefits do not impact or lower the higher earning spouse's social security payments. Therefore, it is critical to determine the length of the marriage if you are approaching 10 years. Waiting 10 years before getting divorced will guarantee increased retirement benefits for the lower-earning spouse without reducing the higher earning spouse's benefits.
When you prepare your tax returns, ask your tax preparer whether you can deduct the legal fees you paid during the tax year to obtain support or a divorce. In most cases, you cannot deduce legal fees. However, under the Internal Revenue Service rules (I.R.C. Section 212)
Early in the case, you and your lawyer should identify the types of experts you may need to testify in your case or to provide assistance in preparing the case for trial. Experts can be used in settlement negotiations and mediation and can even attend such sessions to promote out of court settlements.
Married couples in Virginia generally recognize that they need to make ongoing efforts to nurture their relationships. Emotional inertia and exhaustion, however, can undermine people's desire to work on their marriages. Divorces sometimes result, and an inability to recover from arguments tops the list of reasons for marriages to end.