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June 2016 Archives

What can be done to collect child support in Virginia?

If you are a parent in Virginia who isdivorced, separated or perhaps were never married to your childrens' other parent, you may need to pay or to receive child support. Child support is an important way of providing care for children and ensuring that they receive the essential things they need in life.

What do Americans think of same-sex marriage now?

It has been roughly one year since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. As residents in Virginia and the rest of the country have had some time to get used to this regardless of their personal views on the matter, it is interesting to look at how opinions have shifted in general over the past few years. Information provided by the Pew Research Center gives a glimpse into such views.

New mortgage option addresses gray divorce

When getting divorced, many Virginia residents have to make the decision about whether to sell their marital homes or to stay in them. For people with young children still at home, there can be an emotional tug to remain in the home for the sake of maintaining stability for the kids. For people who have older kids off at college or even completely independent, the issue may be more of one of personal stability at a later stage in life. However, the cost of keeping up a formerly joint home by just one person is not always feasible.

Estate plan deserves attention during divorce

Virginia residents getting a divorce can easily and understandably feel overwhelmed with all of the different decisions they must make and topics they must address. If minor children are involved, concerns can range from how to financially care for them on a reduced income to how, when and where time will be spent with the kids. Logistical issues range from where a person will live to how to divide retirement accounts and more.

America’s gray divorce trend

Getting divorced is probably not what you intended to do when you get married yet still you may be facing the prospect of ending your marriage. That may happen for many different reasons. If you are in your 50s, 60s or even older, the Washington Post reports that you are not as alone as you think you may be. What is being called “gray divorce” is actually a growing reality today.

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