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December 2016 Archives

Navigating the legal complexities of LGBTQ parental rights

Though same-sex marriage has been legal in Virginia for more than two years, the quest for equal treatment in court continues. Legal inconsistencies are particularly evident for same-sex couples both state- and nation-wide who are seeking divorce and child visitation and custody rights.

Tackling the challenges of becoming parents again

When divorce and other domestic upheavals threaten their grandchildren's well-being, Virginia grandparents often step in to provide a stable home. This return to parenthood brings many challenges, particularly when the children involved have been traumatized by an unstable home environment.

Custody modification: A two-way street

In an ongoing custody battle, the stakes are high for both parents, and the struggle can be bitter. Fortunately for Virginia residents, custody decisions are not set in stone, and parents can petition the court for changes to support, visitation and other childcare requirements. 

Options for equitable 401(k) division

When it comes to distributing property during a divorce, Virginia law follows the principle of equitable distribution. This holds true for retirement plans, such as pensions and 401(k)s, as well as other monetary assets. The process of dividing a 401(k) can cause turbulence for both parties, particularly in a high-asset divorce.

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