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May 2015 Archives

What Virginia couples should know about prenuptial agreements

Virginia couples planning on marriage may benefit from signing a prenuptial agreement to specify their financial arrangements in the case of a divorce or the death of one spouse. Creating a prenuptial agreement can be a straightforward process, and it is recommended that both parties have their own attorney. Full disclosure of finances on behalf of both parties is also an important and required part of the process.

Jon Gosselin reportedly seeking custody of 1 child

Virginia fans of reality television shows may be interested to learn that actor and father Jon Gosselin is seeking custody of just one of his sextuplets, his 11-year-old daughter, Hannah. Reportedly, his daughter has indicated that her mom, Kate, is forcing her to participate in more episodes of "Kate plus 8" against her wishes.

Nations come together to combat child abduction

The thought of a child being abducted and taken overseas is a terrifying one for Virginia parents, but this was thereality for at least 8,000 American children between 2008 and 2013 according to the U.S. State Department. The department receives thousands of requests every year for assistance by those involved in international child abduction cases, but only about half of these children ever return to the United States.

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy could be prudent financial planning

Many Virginia residents who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy only do so after all other efforts to take control of an unmanageable financial situation have failed. Sometimes this is due to the social stigma that surrounds bankruptcy, and sometimes individuals put off seeking a financial fresh start due to fears over negative credit ratings and the difficulties that they will face when they seek to borrow in the future.

Lawyers and couples say social media a factor in divorces

Couples in Virginia may be surprised to learn that nearly 15 percent of 2,000 couples in a poll conducted by a British law firm said that they had considered divorce due to the activities of their spouses on social media. In addition, nearly 25 percent said they argued at least weekly with their spouse about social media while almost one out of every five respondents said they fought about it daily.

The use of social media in the service of process

Virginia residents who are contemplating a divorce likely know that it is necessary to serve the other spouse with divorce papers. While this may seem like a simple task, in many cases it is not. The spouse's whereabouts may be unknown and finding him or her might exhaust all known resources such as placing notice in a local newspaper. In two recent family law cases, however, judges in New York have allowed the service of legal documents to be made via Facebook.

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