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September 2015 Archives

What are financial challenges older spouses may face in divorce?

Today, more Americans are getting divorced at an older age than ever before. This phenomenon is sometimes called “gray divorce.” According to U.S. News, divorce rates among those ages 50 and older doubled during the first decade of the new millennium. If you are like many other Virginia residents who are past retirement age, you may wonder what the challenges of a gray divorce might mean for you.

Things grandparents with child custody may need to know

If you are like millions of other grandparents across the country, including in Virginia, you may find yourself raising your grandchildren. There are many reasons this could happen. Numerous situations, from domestic violence to the death of the children’s parents, may result in your being given legal child custody. At Donna Dougherty Law P.C., we receive many questions from grandparents on how they can effectively start this challenging and often unexpected phase of life.

Clerk who denied same-sex marriage licenses released from jail

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage in every state has no doubt led to rejoicing among same-sex couples across the country, as well as in Virginia. Now, same-sex couples are able to get married in states that previously would not recognize their unions. In addition to legalizing same-sex marriage, couples should be able to get a divorce more easily, instead of having to move to a state that recognized gay marriage or endure other legal obstacles.

Agreeing on parenting arrangements during the school year

With the start of a new school year in Virginia, many divorced parents may wonder about the best ways to divide their visitation time so it serves the best interests of the child. This can be true for newly divorced parents as well as those who have shared joint custody for years. The attorneys at Donna Dougherty Law P.C., understand the challenges you may face as a single parent, when both you and your ex-spouse divide parenting time throughout the school year.

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