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Understanding separate and marital property in Virginia

For many people getting divorced in Virginia, the process of evaluating a marital estate and coming up with a property division settlement that is agreeable to both parties can be filled with angst. This process can be especially difficult if you have a mix of joint and separate assets. Understanding how the state approaches these settlements is important for you as you embark on your divorce.

Estate planning should be part of your divorce

If you are like most people who get divorced in Virginia, just dealing with the basics of the actual divorce can leave you feeling like you've run a marathon. It can be extremely taxing to deal with asset valuation and division, agreements on who will have what time with the children, whether or not you will need to pay or will receive spousal support and more. However, as much as you may want to be done with your divorce after you sign on the dotted line, there is more you should do.

The impact of social media on property division

Social media assumes a whole new role when it comes to divorce. According to The Huffington Post, platforms like Facebook and Snapchat have generated a lot of suspicion between spouses, many of whom have regular arguments about photos, status and questionable activity. But the real question is how does social media affect divorce proceedings after a couple has separated?

Same-sex custody disputes: Why legal recognition matters

If a man and woman marry in Virginia and later decide to have children, both spouses become legal parents. However, the The Huffington Post notes that current divorce and custody laws have yet to catch up to the legal recognition of gay marriage. This can create a problem when neither spouse is biologically the parent of the child and the same-sex spouses make the decision to divorce. Further complicating the matter may be that one spouse is the biological parent and the other spouse failed to legally adopt the child.

Support is important for grandparents taking over parenting role

It is not uncommon for grandparents in Virginia to take on the responsibility of raising their children’s children. According to AARP, raising grandchildren may require outside support. Many custodial grandparents are looking to community organizations, friends and designated peer groups to help ease the emotional overload that comes with raising grandchildren.

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