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An incorporated settlement agreement in divorce

Divorce orders and separation agreements sometimes contain certain words, including “merged,” “survived” or “incorporated” that may be unclear to those who are unfamiliar with such legal terminology. But these terms have very specific meanings and can significantly affect the divorce. In several divorce cases, spouses can arrive at a settlement agreement. After introducing the agreement …

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Family law issues that can arise in workers’ compensation

When a person suffers an injury in the workplace, the effects can be disastrous for the worker and the worker’s family, both economically and emotionally. In some cases, the family is unable to restore their lives to the way they were prior to the injury, and they may have to go to family court to …

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A guardian ad litem may be called upon to represent best interests of children in divorce

When children are involved in a divorce or separation, the best interests of the children should be of paramount importance in determining such issues as custody, child support and visitation agreements. And a court may appoint an attorney as a guardian ad litem, whose function is to represent the best interests of the children during …

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When spouses wish to part ways, the finality of divorce is usually best

As a popular culture would have us believe, breaking up is hard to do. With all the emotional and financial upheaval that is often involved with a nuptial parting of the ways, some on-the-rocks couples opt for what may seem to be the easier route of some form of separation.  Despite the first-blush attractiveness of …

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Never-married parents face extra steps when establishing child custody

In Virginia, unmarried parents have the same rights and responsibilities to their children as married couples do. However, parents who were never married may face some additional steps when they establish child custody after a breakup. Paternity frequently complicates the process of determining custody in cases where the parents were never married. If either party …

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