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Grandparents’ Rights To Raise Grandchildren In Virginia

Unfortunately, divorce can be very unpleasant for all concerned, and sometimes child custody becomes a contentious issue. In some situations, grandparents may feel the need to request formal visitation rights, or even to seek sole or joint custody of their grandchildren. According to an article in VA Lawyer Magazine, published by the Virginia Bar Association, […]

Step-Parent Adoption In Virginia

In this age of divorce, remarriage and “blended families,” it is common for a new step-parent to adopt a step-child and assume parental rights for that child. Virginia law accommodates this practice and makes it a relatively simple process, provided the parent who would be terminating parental rights is either deceased, is willing and able […]

Separation Agreements In Virginia

In a deposition taken as part of an ongoing libel suit, actor/producer Tom Cruise was recently quoted as saying the following regarding activities related to custody of daughter Suri and his divorce from actress/fashion designer Katie Holmes: “Listen, when there is a divorce… things change. And it’s more complicated, as everyone knows when that is, […]

Is Alimony Reform Coming To Virginia?

In 2012, Massachusetts passed a new law reforming alimony laws in that state. In the past, it was possible for a judge to require a higher-paying spouse to pay alimony to a lower-paying spouse “permanently” for life. The new legislation puts limits on the amount and length of time for which a higher-earning spouse may […]

Virginia Online Child Support Payment System Gains Popularity

Unfortunately, many divorced parents have difficulty securing regularly scheduled child support payments from their former spouses. Virginia has adopted an online portal through which child support payments may be made. It experienced a significant increase in usage in 2012.   According to a 2013 article on HamptonRoads.com/PilotOnline, the $4KIDS program and other electronic payment services saw […]


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