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Preparation before filing for divorce

Many people in Virginia and elsewhere around the country choose to get divorced after the holidays. The number of divorce filings surges in January of each year. People that are planning to get divorced should do several things in order to properly prepare.

Why people choose to end their relationships

A couple in Virginia or elsewhere in the United States could get divorced for any number of reasons. However, there are seven common scenarios that result in the end of a marriage. One of the most common reasons is substance abuse, and this may mean that a person has problems with either drugs or alcohol that lead to a divorce. A lack of commitment may also make it difficult for a relationship to succeed.

Divorce and Social Security

When couples in Virginia divorce, finances are often a matter of contention. This may be particularly true when it comes to dividing retirement assets, such as IRAs, 401(k)s and pension plans. In some cases, divorcing spouses who are concerned about retirement income overlook one important benefit: Social Security.

How to know if a payment is alimony

Virginia residents and others who receive alimony are often required to count it as income. Those who make such payments are generally able to take a tax deduction. Of course, a payment actually has to qualify as alimony before a person can claim that the payments are tax deductible. To qualify as alimony, a payment has to be part of the divorce decree or a similar arrangement.

Finding a divorce team

Divorce is understandably challenging for many people. However, some spouses have a harder time ending a marriage than others. There are several factors that could make a divorce less or more difficult, but there are some aspects of divorce that a person can control in order to make the process more bearable. Virginia residents may need to take special consideration when building a support team after a divorce.

How a business might be handled in divorce

Entrepreneurs in Virginia who are getting a divorce might have some additional complications. A person might own the business or be co-owner with a spouse. Before going through the asset division process, the owner(s) should get an accurate valuation of the enterprise. If one spouse owns the company, the other may have a claim on a part of the business or its value. If both spouses are owners, one may want to buy out the other.

Steps in filing for divorce

Some people in Virginia who are considering divorce may wonder what the actual steps are to filing. While every divorce is different, there are a few common denominators to all of them.

Predicting divorce

There is no way to say for sure whether a married couple in Virginia or elsewhere will get a divorce. However, there are certain factors that can indicate that it may be likely.

Signs a divorce may be the best option

In some cases, it may be best for Virginia residents to get divorced as opposed to staying in the marriages. Although a divorce may mean that a relationship ended, it doesn't necessarily mean that the relationship failed. Instead, it means that the nature of the relationship has evolved into something else and that the love a couple shared in the past should still be remembered fondly.

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