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Tuition payments deemed waste of marital assets (access required)

Divorce Decree FEA

A divorcing father’s unilateral decision to use a marital investment account to pay for his adult son’s master’s program was properly considered waste of the marital assets, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled. A Fairfax County circuit judge ...

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Assembly picks 16 judges before departing (access required)


Legislators selected 16 new Virginia trial court judges March 9 before adjourning the next day to await a special session that could produce funding for additional judicial seats. The General Assembly elected five circuit judges, five general district judges and ...

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Moving up (access required)


A promotion presents a public reward and affirmation for the person promoted, of course—and it’s a powerful opportunity to promote workplace values and culture. When done right and granted to deserving team members, promotions can motivate your entire team and ...

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Court reporter regulation bill passes Assembly (access required)


Virginia is close to passing a bill that prevents out-of-state court reporting services from making multi-case deals with insurance companies, circumventing lawyers. The House of Delegates and Senate both approved a House-Senate conference report March 5, sending Senate Bill 545 to ...

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Legislators working on fix for flawed restitution system (access required)


The system used to collect and disburse court-ordered restitution payments in Virginia is flawed, according to several legislators. Apart from the hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution that has not been paid by those who owe it, a Richmond-area ...

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Bills to expand DNA collection moving forward (access required)

DNA test tube data - FEA

Two bills to expand the collection of DNA from people convicted of certain misdemeanors are currently moving ahead in the General Assembly. While the ACLU of Virginia opposes the expansion, support for both bills in the House and Senate is ...

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Hands-free driving law dies in conference committee (access required)


Attempts to tighten regulation of cell phone use while driving in Virginia failed to pass the General Assembly this year. The Virginia Senate approved a broad prohibition on holding a phone while driving earlier in the session, amending a House ...

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Legislators interview judges, wait on money (access required)


With final judgeship spending still up in the air, Virginia lawmakers interviewed more judicial candidates than they had official openings as the 2018 General Assembly session neared an end. Twenty-one candidates exchanged pleasantries with senators and delegates Feb. 23, but ...

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