Author Archives: The Daugherty Law Firm, P.C.
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 to divide marital property. One specific factor that is listed is “the circumstances and factors which… Read More »
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 recognize the ability of either spouse’s ability to provide financial support to the other, rather than… Read More »
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 and professional achievement. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers,… Read More »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »