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Divorce requires sorting out who owes student loans

When Virginia couples consider ending their marriage, property division will come to mind. Many forget to realize, however that the process includes splitting marital debts. Student loans represent a common form of debt, and the court will determine who bears the obligation to pay them off, unless the couple can otherwise agree.

Planning for retirement after divorce

Virginia law provides for the equitable distribution of marital property as part of a divorce. However, the change in circumstances and their attendant expenses often mean that one or both partners are severely financially affected. This is particularly true for divorcees who are nearing the age of retirement.

Dissipation of assets may happen in a contentious divorces

Virginia law requires that marital property be distributed equitably. In the event that one spouse wants to find a way around this law, he or she may willfully spend money so that it cannot be split evenly with the other spouse. This act is known as dissipation of marital assets.

How grandparents can help in divorce proceedings

No one walks down the aisle with the idea that someday the marriage will end in divorce. And when it happens, it is difficult on everyone involved. Fears and concerns about money, property and custody can have everyone on edge. Parenting skills suffer during this stressful time and as a result, kids can be deeply affected.

Brad and Angelina file for divorce

Virginia celebrity watchers may be aware that on Sept. 20, it was reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were getting a divorce. Although they were only married for a few years, their relationship spanned more than a decade. They had six children together and made more than $500 million during their course of their relationship.

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.

Child support modifications to pay for sports training

As Virginians watched the Summer Olympics, they may not have considered the cost of the training that allowed the athletes to make their dreams come true. When parents are divorced, figuring out how to pay for all of the associated expenses for athletically gifted kids can be an issue.

Effects of child custody on migration patterns

Parents in Virginia and throughout the country who divorce are more likely to share custody and avoid relocating, according to a study by a researcher who has examined changing migration patterns. Americans move to another state half as often as they did 50 years ago, but demographers have not known why. A University of Connecticut professor identified the changing nature of American families as one major factor.

Employment status is related to divorce risk

Virginia couples get divorced for a number of different reasons. When people get married, they likely do so without wanting to think about the possibility of their union ending. Unfortunately, many marriages do dissolve. A study looked at one factor that is strongly correlated with a couple's risk of divorcing.

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