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Custodial mom must pay support (access required)

A non-custodial father whose visitation with his son exceeded 110 days a year was awarded child support from his wife by a Norfolk Circuit judge. The wife, who was awarded temporary custody, earned about $10,000 more per year than the ...

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Unloaded firearm is not dangerous instrumentality (access required)

An unloaded gun is not a dangerous instrumentality, a Stafford County Circuit judge has ruled in a case of first impression. In a case involving three boys who were playing with a gun that went off, the judge found that ...

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Bars crank up endorsements for federal seat (access required)

Robb seeks secrecy Bar associations across Virginia have begun sorting out candidates for a Western District federal judgeship that opens up this fall. U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler, who sits in Charlottesville, has garnered the most support so far. ...

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The 1995 Floods: Bars' disaster plan passes test (access required)

MADISON–School has been out for weeks, but the parking lot has been full at the local high school lately. Residents came for help in the wake of floods during the last week of June. The flooding killed eight people and ...

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Court of Appeals to review child endangerment law (access required)

The Court of Appeals will decide the constitutionality of using the state’s child endangerment statute to go after drunken drivers who take children with them. The Court granted the commonwealth’s request to review a Virginia Beach ruling. In that case, ...

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First circuit opinion accepting DUI defense released (access required)

A Fauquier County Circuit judge has issued the first written opinion accepting the DUI double-jeopardy defense. Two other Northern Virginia judges, one in Fairfax and one in Fredericksburg, issued opinions rejecting the defense. Elsewhere in the state, two Circuit judges ...

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Gilmore seeks to leapfrog to high court on DUI appeal (access required)

Lawyers weary of tracking conflicting DUI double-jeopardy opinions may find some relief soon. The issue ultimately may bypass the Court of Appeals and go directly to the Supreme Court in the next few months. Attorney General James S. Gilmore III ...

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Wife can't undo E.D. award she claims was based on lie (access required)

A Fairfax woman who claims her husband lied at trial when tracing his separate contribution toward the marital home may not set aside a monetary award that recognized that contribution, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The judge said that ...

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Estate planning from the grave: Making disclaimers work (access required)

After death, an estate plan can be changed if beneficiaries willingly disclaim (or forfeit) their due. But disclaimers should be handled like an explosive with many trip wires. For one thing, the person who benefits from the disclaimer cannot promise ...

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New law protects elderly from financial abuse (access required)

Attorneys who may be reluctant to draft durable powers of attorney can rest a little easier, thanks to a new statute. The statute gives family members legal rights to look at the actions taken by the holder of a durable ...

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