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Financial changes to make before separation

Early in the divorce process, your mind may focus on the emotions you feel and the changes it will bring to your life. It's easy to become overwhelmed with this transition, but you may want to set aside some time to think about how to protect yourself for the near future.

In Virginia, you will have to complete a period of separation during the divorce process, usually around six months to a year. Before this begins, you may want to take some steps to protect your finances. You might not believe that your spouse is likely to harm you financially, but trying to rule it out altogether can benefit both of you regardless. 

Find out about Virginia drunk driving laws

Going out with your friends to watch sporting events or attend other festivities is a good time. Some of these events involve alcohol, which means that you need to make plans for getting home before you even head out.

Virginia has some strict drunk driving laws. You don't want to end your good night out with a trip to jail because you were driving after you had alcohol. Here are some points you need to know about drunk driving laws in this state:

4 tips for getting through the holidays after divorce

Divorces are hard, even once they're over. You still have to adjust to your new way of life, and it can be complicated and frustrating.

When the holidays approach, it might seem like you're being overwhelmed with everything you have to do. Here are a few tips for getting through the holidays.

Prenuptial agreements create protections inside marriage, too

Many people have an incomplete idea about what exactly prenuptial agreements are and who might benefit from using one. For many years, prenuptial agreements were relegated to a very small corner of society, but over the last several decades the public has slowly begun learning that prenuptials can offer just about every couple something valuable.

Prenuptial agreements can be as useful and even beneficial to couples of all kinds, and can strengthen marriages rather than weaken them — provided that the couple creating the agreement works together to create a document that protects their respective interests.

These 3 tips can help protect your child after divorce

If you and your ex share custody of your children, then you're probably familiar with a visitation schedule. For some people, each visitation day is a source of stress, because they truly believe that their ex-spouses are a risk to their children.

If you're in that position, is there anything you can do to keep your kids safe? Here are a few ways you can deal with your concerns, so you can relax.

These 3 tips can help you avoid conflicts at school events

Co-parenting isn't always easy, especially when it comes to your child's interests and events. You don't necessarily want to see your ex, his or her new spouse or partners, or to interact, but you have to for the sake of your child. As a parent, it's your choice to decide to manage your emotions for the benefit of your child or to allow them to consume you.

Since there may be some trouble between you and your ex-spouse, it's a good idea to learn some tips to help you manage co-parenting when you simply can't avoid each other. Here are three tips that may help.

It's time for school: Child custody during the school year

Although it's nearly summer now, the next school year is just around the corner. As a parent who has a child and is going through divorce, you know that custody arrangements can be affected by your child's school schedule.

Here are a few different things to consider when designing your child's schedule for the school year. Your attorney can help you finalize this parenting plan when you and your ex are satisfied with the results.

Divorced fathers can follow these child support modification tips

Are you a divorced father? Do you take great pride in providing your child with everything they need? If you do so through child support, you understand the importance of making full and timely payments.

Unfortunately, there could come a time in the future when you are unable to make your child support payments. There are many reasons for this. For example, you could lose your job. Or maybe you are struck with a serious illness, meaning that you are unable to work for an extended period of time.

Breaking Free From A Violent Marriage

The national statistics on domestic violence are staggering.

  • One in three U.S. women has suffered physical violence by an intimate partner
  • Annually, more than 10 million women and men in the U.S. suffer physical abuse
  • Daily, U.S. domestic violence hotline operators field nearly 21,000 calls

Domestic violence plays out in many forms including physical and sexual assault, intimidation and harassment and verbal and emotional abuse. Despite what some may believe, no one is immune to suffering harm at the hands of a spouse or intimate partner and individuals of every age, socio economic status, race and religion can be targets.

Back-to-school advice for recently divorced or separated parents

As schools throughout the Roanoke area gear up for the start of another academic year, children and parents must also prepare. For school-aged children and parents alike, this can be a nerve-wracking and stressful time of year. In cases where a child's parents recently separated or divorced, heading back to school may be an especially difficult adjustment for everyone.

For parents, clear communication is essential to helping a child, who is also adjusting to numerous divorce-related changes in his or her life, succeed during this and subsequent school years. The following are three key issues that recently separated or divorced parents would be wise to discuss and come to an agreement on prior to a child's first day of school.

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