Virginia baseball fans may have followed the divorce of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie, to whom he had been married for more than 30 years. The couple entered into a divorce settlement agreement in 2012 that gave her $131 million as well as a few luxury homes that had been purchased by the couple during their marriage. The settlement agreement contained a clause that provided that a party who contested the agreement would have to pay the other party's legal fees.
Virginia residents contemplating divorce may know that it is an emotionally difficult time. Many decisions need to be made, and some will affect their financial future. Maintaining focus on financial matters is important, and there are things that may be done to make the decisions easier.
As Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith filed for divorce after almost 20 years, animal lovers in Virginia and across the nation watched as their separation became contentious over who would keep the pets. Technically, this is not a custody battle because the courts have historically determined that animals are subject to property division determinations. Even so, the couple's battle over who will keep their three canines seems hostile.
Many college graduates in Henrico County are putting off major milestones, such as getting married, buying a house and starting a family, because they are hampered down by student loan debt. Others are not only dealing with those realities, but also with barely even being able to make ends meet because of unmanageable student debt. This is a very unfortunate situation that thousands of people throughout Virginia and the entire nation are finding themselves in.
The end of a marriage or a romantic partnership is by nature a difficult time, even before one considers issues like property division, child custody, and other legal concerns.
For those who feel they may need assistance dealing with family law matters such as child support, divorce, or child custody, government programs can be valuable tools, however speaking with an attorney may also be critical.
A great number of Virginia residents are facing unmanageable medical bills. Even for those who have decent medical insurance policies, a sudden illness or injury can result in a substantial financial burden. Making matters worse, being ill or injured can result in time off of work and a reduced income. Whatever the case may be, the fact is that many of us cannot afford our medical bills and as a result medical debt has become the number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S.
Sherri Shepherd, host of the television show, “The View,” finds herself in a two-front conflict with an ex-husband and an estranged one. Her ex-husband is challenging her for custody of their 9-year-old son, and her estranged husband wants physical custody of a child yet to be born.
A few weeks ago we posted an blog about a man who started a petition to get Virginia to pass a state law that would create a domestic violence registry, which would function much like the sexual predator registry.
If Virginia residents watch television or read the news, then they have probably heard about the controversy surrounding the Clippers' owner Donald Sterling.