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The pros of a timely divorce

No matter how much two Virginia parents may not get along, going through with a divorce can still be difficult. Some parents may have been brought up in a household divided by divorce, and they don't want their children to go through the same thing. Others believe that their religion forbids them from getting divorced or getting remarried in the event that they do get divorced.

Importance of reacting correctly when served with papers

When Virginia parents whose marriages are coming to an end are served with family court documents relating to child custody issues, they often feel a combination of anger and shock. Some people react in a way that can seriously hurt their positions in their cases.

Property division and other lessons from celebrity divorce

Virginia couples who are facing the end of their marriages may learn from watching how actors handle the same situation, but not all reports about those divorces are accurate. For example, it was reported that Jason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel were living together in the same apartment because neither wanted to risk losing their claim on it. However, a home purchased with marital assets is considered marital property regardless of who is living there.

Divorce and estate planning

Divorce has become a common event in Virginia and across the United States. Divorce can be overwhelming considering that couples must figure out a way to divide all their property and debts and figure out shared parenting arrangements among other relevant decisions. Many people forget to include their estate plan in their divorce, but it is a necessary consideration in the divorce process.

Some domestic abusers may get access to firearms

On Feb. 29, two men went to the Supreme Court arguing that despite being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, they should be allowed to purchase and own guns. If the men are successful, then victims of domestic abuse in Virginia and throughout the United States may be in greater danger. Abusers with guns are five times more likely to kill their victims, according to research from the National Institutes of Health.

The negative impact of divorce on retirement

A Virginia couple that is facing the end of their marriage might find it beneficial to avoid going before a judge to decide property division matters. In cases in which both parties can work together to find a satisfactory settlement, there could be a significant level of legal savings. However, the long-term costs of a divorce can be major regardless of the ease with which terms are decided, especially for those approaching their retirement years.

Preparing for divorce court

Even when divorcing spouses try to agree on important matters such as alimony, child custody and division of assets, they might not be able to. This could lead to court proceedings, which generally involves several steps, including pre-trial hearings and the trial. Divorcing spouses in Virginia might prepare for litigation by following some simple tips.

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