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May 2015 Archives

National divorce statistics and factors

Despite the fact that no two marriages are the same, it is possible to track relationship trends across the state of Virginia and the country. By considering such factors as childbirths, income levels and divorce rates, researchers can gain insight into everything from many Americans’ financial priorities to their approaches to family planning. Now that the findings of one recent study have been released, experts in multiple fields are taking notes.

Same-sex divorce is a true sign of marriage equality

Having same-sex unions recognized as valid and legal by the federal government was a huge civil rights achievement for countless people across the country. Still, marriage equality continues to be debated by individual states, consequently prompting another dispute over the federal government’s role in legislating the issue. What many people may not consider, however, is that same-sex divorce is a legal process that makes similar bounds in promoting equal rights for all Virginia residents.

The complexities and importance of property division proceedings

If you are currently confronted by the prospect of your marriage ending, you may feel overwhelmed by a huge number of emotions and concerns. In addition to dealing with the many changes to your everyday routine and lifestyle, you may be wondering how your personal finances will be affected by divorce proceedings. That is why we here at Donna Dougherty Law, P.C., are committed to providing clients with comprehensive legal counsel regarding property division and equitable distribution topics.

Can you be served divorce papers via Facebook?

Initiating a divorce should be a simple process. You hire a process server or enlist the services of the local sheriff to deliver your summons and petition, you receive an Affidavit of Service, and the process begins after your documents are filed. However, there are some circumstances where the person you are attempting to serve intentionally stays out of sight; especially when he or she knows that you are trying to serve them.

How to prepare emotionally for divorce

It is true that the process of divorce can be a traumatic and taxing experience. After all, no one reveres the end of a relationship where the couple pledged their lives together. Also, the powerful emotions that come about when a relationship ends can cloud a person’s judgment and lead to actions that may not be in their best interests.

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