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    Whether you live in Chesapeake, Suffolk, or elsewhere in Virginia, one of the most important aspects of the divorce process is the division or distribution of marital property. How do Virginia courts divide marital property in the state? What happens to property that could be classified as both separate and marital property? Finally, what are some of the unexpected issues[...]

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    If a couple in Chesapeake or Suffolk, Virginia lives together before getting married, is the couple more likely to get divorced? The answer to this question has resulted in different—and often opposite—answers from researchers over the last several decades. However, according to a recent article in The Atlantic, a new study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family articulates[...]

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    Getting divorced shortly before the holiday season begins in Suffolk, VA, or making the decision to separate, can be especially difficult when you have minor children. It can be difficult for kids in Chesapeake, VA and throughout the state to understand why their parents will not be together during the holidays, and sometimes it can be even more complicated for[...]

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    Avoid a DUI Accident This Holiday Season
    Posted on November 30, 2018

    Anyone who plans to drive in Virginia this holiday season should know that it is extremely important to avoid an accident caused by drunk driving. For those Virginia residents who already have a drunk driving conviction, another DUI can result in severe penalties. The holiday season is known for increased efforts in Chesapeake and Suffolk, VA, and indeed across the[...]

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    If you are convicted or plead guilty to a felony in Virginia, the next phase of your case is sentencing where a court orders jail time, fines, probation, and other penalties. When issuing a sentence, judges refer to the Virginia Sentencing Guidelines, a booklet prepared by officials to ensure consistency in handing down criminal penalties. In general, the approach is[...]

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    In the wake of recent school incidents and mass shootings, many states have enacted new laws on possession of certain types of guns, ammunition, and accessories. Some jurisdictions have even increased the minimum age to legally purchase firearms. However, despite a push for stricter gun laws that gained momentum in late 2017, Virginia has not made significant changes. The Richmond[...]

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    The world around us gets more digital and connected every day, to the point where you can hire a car, trade on the stock market, apply for a mortgage, and order a pizza via mobile app with just a few taps of your finger. With all the convenience of technology, it is not surprising that you can now even obtain[...]

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    There is a wide range of options for estate planning in Virginia, and in some cases it may be advantageous to go beyond a will and powers of attorney. Trusts can be a very useful tool, so some background information may help you understand the two more common types: Revocable and Irrevocable. Revocable Trusts   Simply put, a revocable trust[...]

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    Arraignment in Virginia Criminal Cases
    Posted on January 15, 2018

    No matter what circumstances led to your arrest on criminal charges in Virginia, your case will proceed through the criminal court system according to a series of procedural rules. Among them is the requirement for an arraignment. You may have heard the term when watching TV crime shows but, if you are a defendant in a real-life criminal case, you[...]

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    In many post-divorce families, parents work together and maintain open lines of communication regarding the care and well-being of a minor child. Even though the marriage may be over, they are still sensitive to the needs of children regarding custody and visitation issues. Unfortunately, there are also some parents that struggle with their roles, taking advantage of their rights and[...]

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