Marriages end for numerous reasons and when spouses decide to divorce, many wish to do so as quickly and painlessly as possible. However, as a society we've been conditioned to believe that divorce must be a drawn-out and contentious process. Thankfully, alternatives to the traditional divorce do exist.
The rise in divorce among elderly Americans may affect the options Virginia residents have when it comes to ending a marriage. "Gray" divorces refer to divorces between older couples, typically after a long-term marriage. One Bowling Green State University study found that twice as many people age 50 and over divorced in 2014 as in 1990.
Some people in Virginia who get a divorce may still remain connected either because they have children together or because they share a financial connection like a business or real estate. If this is the case, it is critical that each person understand the divorce settlement agreement and that it is written in a way that does not allow for misinterpretation.
The range of terms child custody orders here in Virginia can contain is quite diverse. They can touch on all different kinds of issues regarding a divorced/split couple's child, including things one might not normally associate with child custody. This is demonstrated by a recent Virginia child custody and visitation order that has caught the attention of the news media.