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Tag Archives: Family Law in Virginia

Recent legislative changes on spousal support law

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By Anne L. Roddy There are three important takeaway points for domestic relations lawyers from recent legislation – two bills from the 2018 General Assembly session and one from Congress: If you want spousal support to be non-modifiable, state that affirmatively in your agreements. Effective ...

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Relocation poses issues for couples with children (access required)

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Couples often split because they can’t work things out, but – when children are involved – the parties continue to be connected even after the relationship ends. Separation or divorce creates a whole new host of issues requiring cooperation and agreement between the parties. And, if ...

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Protective orders becoming more common (access required)

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The use of protective orders in Virginia is growing as victims of threats and violence learn how to use the legal system to defend against alleged abusers. Family lawyers increasingly are called on to advise clients what to do if they think ...

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Path to getting court to seal record not always clear

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By Erik Baines Statutes and the common law govern the court’s authority to seal (or sequester) its re­cord. See generally Shenandoah Pub. House, Inc. v. Fanning, 235 Va. 25 (1988). The common law has long-recognized a public right to access ...

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Third-party custody and visitation present challenges

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By Melissa VanZile Third-party custody and visita­tion are among the more chal­lenging custody issues for family law practitioners and courts, as they involve people who may not be a child’s parent but a per­son who has usually played an ac­tive role ...

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Cohabitation in a relationship analogous to marriage

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By Irene C. Delcamp When seeking a modifica­tion of spousal support, one goal for payor former spouses may be proving that the other party is cohabiting in a rela­tionship analogous to a marriage for over one year. For the practi­tioner, this ...

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