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Marital & Separate Property in Virginia and Tips if You Are Planning on Leaving the Marital Residence

At time of the final hearing in divorce cases the Judge has the statutory duty to classify all property as marital( broadly meaning acquired during the marriage using marital funds) or separate property ( broadly meaning acquired before the

How Does Fault Factor Into Distribution Of Marital Property At Divorce Trial:

Virginia has several fault based grounds for divorce, the most frequent being – adultery, desertion and abandonment, and cruelty. Virginia law states that a judge shall consider several factors listed in §20-107.3 of the Virginia Code when deciding how

Understanding Spousal Support/Alimony in Virginia

Alimony or spousal support is based upon the philosophy that there is a duty of one spouse to provide financial support to the other upon the termination of marriage. The theory of alimony has changed over the decades to

Attorney David R. Daugherty Named to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars List for 2015

The Daugherty Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney David R. Daugherty has been selected for the Virginia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list for 2015, which honors lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition

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

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

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

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

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

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