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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.

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.

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.

Couples that don't match in looks may be more likely to divorce

Virginia residents who are married may want to take a good look in the mirror. Experts say that attractiveness matters in marriage, especially if one spouse is significantly more attractive than the other. Research has shown that men who marry women who are "out of their league," or physically more attractive than their husbands, are at higher risk of winding up divorced.

New alimony rules impact divorce settlements

Starting on the first day of 2019, new Virginia divorcees will be bound by new tax rules. Specifically, alimony is no longer a tax deduction to the person making the payment. Furthermore, the ex who receives the payment will no longer have to consider it to be income. It's important to note that these new rules take effect only for divorces settled after Dec. 31.

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