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Protective Orders

There are two changes to the protective order include granting the court authority to prevent a party from terminating insurance, registration or taxes on a motor vehicle and require the payment of these times as deemed appropriate by the court. For you pet lovers going through a protective order, the court now has authority to… Read More »

Custody and Visitation

The definition of who has standing with a “legitimate interest” regarding issues of custody, visitation and support was enacted expanding the scope of such persons to include “step-grandparents.” Therefore, a step-grandparent with a legitimate interest may now Petition a court for custody, visitation, and child support.

Child Support

The General Assembly has updated the Virginia Child Support Guidelines, the first update since the 1980s. The update is based on the application of current economic data and costs of living information. The other change is the $250.00 threshold amount for unreimbursed health care costs has been eliminated. The court will base the payment of… Read More »

Life Insurance

The new bill now provides the court authority at a temporary hearing (pendente lite) to require a party to maintain an existing policy of life insurance owned by that party insuring the life of either party or to require a party to name as beneficiary the other party or an “appropriate person” for the exclusive… Read More »

Misdemeanors in Virginia

Virginia has four classifications of misdemeanors which are classified based on the level of punishment. Punishment for a misdemeanor conviction can range from a fine of $250 to twelve months in jail and/or up to a $2,500 fine. A misdemeanor conviction can have lasting effects on one’s life such as negatively impacting a person’s employability. … Read More »

How Divorce Affects a Business

Owning a business or any portion of a company can complicate a divorce. However, a skilled family law attorney, who is familiar with business issues, can navigate the legal field without affecting the day to day operations of a business. In a divorce, the Judge must distribute marital property. Marital property can be a variety… Read More »

Assault & Battery Against A Family Member In Virginia

You need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at The Daugherty Law Firm if you, a family member, or someone you know has been charged with assault and battery against a family or household member. If convicted of this crime, also known as domestic assault and battery, the punishment could result in confinement in… Read More »

Larceny and Destruction of Property Offenses In Virginia

Property crimes in Virginia can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the severity of damage caused to a piece of property, the amount of property involved, and whether the individual charged has been previously convicted of a property offense. Having experienced criminal defense attorney representing you can mean the difference between your charge… Read More »

Child Custody Issues: Relocating a Minor Child

Families with children that have separated are faced with a myriad of issues – concerns about custody, visitation, support, and maintaining strong familial connections are often on the forefront of parent’s minds post-separation.  Many times there are clear answers to these concerns, however, some families face the added twist of one parent moving further away… Read More »

Putting Yourself in the Best Position to be Awarded Primary Physical Custody

Families go through a drastic transition during a divorce or separation. As parents begin separating their respective belongings, bank accounts, and lives, a difficult decision regarding the custodial arrangement of children must be made – what custody and visitation arrangement is in the best interests of your child? Parents can choose from a variety of… Read More »