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After couple reconciled, arrearage for support erased (access required)


A husband facing a possible overdue support obligation of up to $238,000 can breathe a little easier with a judge’s ruling that his long-term reconciliation with his wife invalidated her claim for the support arrearage. The husband’s return to the ...

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3 announce to run for Chesterfield commonwealth’s attorney (access required)

Two Republicans and a Democrat say they will run for the top prosecutor’s job vacated this month by the retirement of Billy Davenport. Current Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney John Childrey has been endorsed by Davenport and various state and local ...

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Divorce lawyer suspended for 3 years (access required)

A Springfield domestic relations attorney has been suspended for three years for stonewalling a client, failing to return an unearned fee and ignoring a bar subpoena. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board ordered the penalty for Robert L.I. Shearer Jr. ...

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The argument over bail (access required)


As momentum grows to curtail the use of cash bonds for accused criminal defendants, some prosecutors and bail bond purveyors are pushing back. A national discussion is underway as lawyers, prosecutors and judges challenge the assumption that the best way ...

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Bar moves to revamp lawyer referral (access required)


Lawyers who participate in the Virginia State Bar’s lawyer referral service will have to pay the bar 15 percent of their fees for referred cases under a proposed new program. The recommended revamp of the bar’s 40-year-old referral system is ...

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