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The role of a divorce mediator

When couples in Virginia decide to split, there are many different ways it can be handled. Some choose to rely entirely on courts, while others may seek the additional assistance of a divorce mediator to help make the transition period easier for everyone.

Kids first: a divorced parent's summer guide

Sharing children with a former spouse or partner can be a challenge for anyone. Virginia residents who must do this might be able to get into routines during the school year that eventually start to feel normal and manageable. Then all of a sudden the summer break period arrives and what was normal and reliable is out the window. This may turn a coparenting situation into a nightmare unless the parents are able to follow perhaps the golden rule of parenting together after a divorce: put the children first.

Why should we sell the house in our divorce?

If you and your spouse have made the difficult choice to end your marriage in Wisconsin, you will now have to move forward with making many other difficult decisions. For many couples, one of the hardest things to wrap their emotions around is letting go of their family homes. Certainly there is a big emotional tie to a home especially when small children are involved. However, you should think twice before agreeing to let your spouse keep the house without any changes to your mortgage.

2018 may be a boom year for divorces

Getting a divorce is not something most people in Virginia ever think about rushing to do. However, with the looming introduction of the new tax law on January 1, 2019, some couples may well be doing just this. The reason for this is that the way in which alimony payments will be taxed is going to change significantly when the calendar turns to a new year.

When fathers stop paying child support

When a mother has custody of her children in Virginia, she typically receives child support from her ex-husband. In some situations, an ex-spouse may decide that he no longer needs to make these payments. It is important for women to know what to do if they find themselves in this situation.

How do protective orders work in Virginia?

No divorce is ever easy to go through. When domestic violence is involved, your problems are usually multiplied. You not only have to worry about the legal aspect of starting the divorce process, but your own safety can be at stake. If your spouse is abusive, you might be considering a protective order. It can help to know how protective orders are issued in Virginia and what they are for.

Holidays can be difficult during a divorce or separation

If you are going through a divorce or separated from your spouse during the holiday season, this can be a difficult time of year for you. It is never easy to feel alone, and memories of happier years might add to the strain. At the law office of Mark B. Arthur, PC, we understand this can be heartbreaking for you and other Virginia residents who are going through the same thing.

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