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Advantages and disadvantages of nesting

Parents in Virginia who are getting a divorce might have heard about the practice of bird nesting from the TV show "Splitting Up Together," in which a separated couple uses this child custody arrangement; in addition, actor Josh Lucas has discussed his own bird nesting arrangement in an interview. Bird nesting involves parents taking turns living in a home where the children stay full time. It can be a way to help children ease into the change of divorce, but it does require a good deal of cooperation from parents.

Advance planning can smooth divorce process

Spring is a good time for cleaning the house, clearing away the clutter that's accumulated and getting ready for summer. For Virginia residents thinking about divorce, spring is a good time to organize their lives. Getting organized in advance of filing for divorce can help make that process smoother. It can also pave the way to getting the individual's new single life off to a good start.

Domestic abusers and child custody

When a Virginia parent leaves an abusive relationship, there is no guarantee that the abusive parent will not fight for and even get custody. According to one domestic violence expert, attempts to get custody rights are a kind of coercive control. Coercive control may include stalking and trying to manipulate the child.

How divorced parents may help children's adjustment

Virginia parents who are concerned about how divorce will affect their children can take certain steps that will help their children adjust better and avoid behaviors that may harm them. For example, parents should try to present a unified front to their children and keep rules consistent between households. If they have disputes with one another, they should not involve the children in them.

Custody determinations in Virginia

When parents of young children decide to get divorced, they may need to seek a custody determination in court. In Virginia, parents may reach agreements about custody on their own, get help from a mediator, use a collaborative process or litigate the issues through the court process.

How people can protect themselves in case of divorce

While thinking about divorce can be unsavory, couples in Virginia who are getting married might want to consider creating a prenuptial agreement. These agreements can help keep assets separate and specify what will happen to shared property if a split ever occurs. Another consideration is to get large assets valued. This will ease the property division process.

How fathers can increase the likelihood of getting child custody

Fathers in Virginia who are going through a divorce might want to get custody of their children. However, many dads feel at a disadvantage in court since custody is traditionally awarded to mothers. Nevertheless, there are a few things a father can do to increase the likelihood of getting custody.

Tax law changes could impel faster divorces

In December 2017, the U.S. Congress passed a new tax law that made sweeping changes. As a result, a number of couples in Virginia and across the United States may be hastening their divorce plans before some significant modifications go into effect. Each year in the United States, approximately 800,000 couples finalize their divorces. This number could rise in 2018 as couples seek to avoid a provision in the tax law that will affect the way that alimony and spousal support are taxed.

Tax return changes can accompany divorce

Financial considerations are often major considerations for people in Virginia who are headed toward divorce. The end of a marriage has severe financial implications for most divorcing spouses in addition to the emotional and other practical concerns that accompany a split. One financial aspect of divorce that is not always recognized is the changes that are necessary to deal with tax filings following a divorce.

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