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New rule will let jailed dads pause child support payments

President Barack Obama has announced a new policy that will allow imprisoned fathers in Virginia and nationwide to stop making child support payments without penalty while they are behind bars. The policy, which will not be enacted until 2017, has been met with criticism from lawmakers concerned it could force more single mothers onto welfare.

The benefits of prenup agreements

Virginia residents who are about to get married might not think that a prenuptial agreement is for them, particularly since people often think only the very wealthy need them. However, a prenup can be a good idea for any couple who is about to get married, whether they are already wealthy or not.

More couples using lifestyle clauses in prenups

Some Virginia couples choose to include 'lifestyle clauses" as part of their cohabitation or prenuptial agreements. These clauses usually concern nonfinancial matters and are reportedly popular with celebrities and wealthy individuals. Some of the lifestyle clauses that rich and powerful people have allegedly included in their relationship contracts include agreements for spouses to maintain a certain weight, restrictions on gambling and drinking and agreements to spend a certain amount of time together.

Hollywood splits hold lessons for Virginia spouses

Even those who aren't interested in Hollywood power couples may want to take note of the pending divorce between Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. The couple's recent divorce filing may be impacted by the fact that it occurred slightly more than a decade after their marriage, which may be important under California family law.

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.

Divorced couples need to change beneficiaries

Although many ex-spouses in Virginia may think they have taken care of all important matters in a divorce, they should also change their beneficiaries after their divorces, unless they wish for their ex-spouses to receive their life insurance money. They must wait until the divorce is completely finalized because they cannot go through the process of changing their life insurance policies while they are going through divorce proceedings. If they fail to change their beneficiaries, their benefits could automatically go to their ex-spouses, even if they leave everything to other people, such as their children or new spouses.

The array of items child support payments provide for

Virginia parents who have been ordered to pay child support are providing a wide range of benefits for their children. In addition to the basics such as food, clothing and shelter, child support payments may also provide money for a tutor or to take part in a club or a summer camp. Support payments may also provide for the special physical or emotional needs that a child may have.

Spousal support in Virginia

In the event a couple in Virginia gets divorced, spousal support may either be awarded by a judge in a court order or agreed to by the parties. The theory behind ordered spousal support is to remove unfair financial impediments one spouse may have due to his or her unemployment or underemployment, allowing the recipient an allotted amount of time to seek job training or obtain employment in order to adequately provide for his or her own support.

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