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How Virginia parents can financially prepare for a divorce

Virginia parents who are going through a divorce should consider how the divorce might affect their finances, and therefore their child's educational future. A study from Sociological Science found that the financial repercussions of a dissolved marriage may deter white children from attending college. The same study found that nonwhite children were not as badly affected. The study states that this is because white parents are generally in better financial situations than parents who are not white, so they tend to have more resources to lose following a divorce.

When wives earn more, the risk of divorce increases

In marriages where the woman earns more money than the man, a lot of tension and complications can arise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wives make more than their husbands in about 38% of marriages involving heterosexual couples. Surveys from the Census Bureau show that this makes these couples uncomfortable as households will underreport the wife's income and overreport the husbands. Wives in Virginia and throughout the country are increasing their income relative to their husbands more than ever, creating problems in many marriages.

How to juggle work and divorce priorities

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.

Social Security And Divorce

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.

Hiring Expert Witnesses in Divorce Cases

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. 

Inability to recover from disputes contributes to many divorces

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.

Steps to simplify selling a home during a divorce

Going through a divorce in Virginia can be a trying ordeal. There are some emotions involved in the process that can be difficult to deal with, and divorce only gets more complicated when the divorcing couple needs to sell their home. In order to sell their home, a divorcing couple needs to work together even though they may not be able to stand one another.

What Do You Do If Your Spouse Does Not Want To Get Divorced

Oftentimes, one spouse may want to get divorced immediately but the other spouse has no desire to get divorced. Let's say you are the spouse who wants an immediate divorce. Your spouse does not want to get divorced for whatever reasons. One reason may be that he/she has medical conditions and wants to remain on the other spouse's health insurance policy for as long as possible and not have to pay for his/her own health insurance. This can be dealt with by addressing the insurance needs of the party and finding the best policy available.

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