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Audrina Patridge, estranged husband in child custody dispute

Co-parenting is difficult for people in Virginia and across the country under the best of circumstances. However, when a romantic relationship ends, coming to an agreement regarding the best interests of a child can become even more challenging. When parents are unable to agree, they must often ask a court to intervene with child custody and other decisions.

In addition to the normal complications that can come with co-parenting, parents who work in the spotlight often have additional considerations, and often, any conflict is reported in the news as well. It is this spotlight, in fact, that has Audrina Patridge's estranged husband seeking court intervention. In a recent court filing, he has expressed concerned about Patridge's return to reality television, specifically that she has plans to allow their 2-year-old daughter to appear in an MTV reboot of the show, "The Hills."

Child custody considerations in Virginia

There is often a misconception that an intact family unit is in the best interest of children in Virginia and across the country. However, living with two parents who are unhappy with one another and experience a great deal of conflict can be harmful. As such, many couples choose to divorce, leaving them to address the question of child custody.

Some legal professionals would argue that there has been in a shift in the attitude toward the role of mothers and fathers in the last several decades. In the past, it may have been traditional for the mother to have physical custody of the children the vast majority of the time with the father having limited visitation. However, that tradition was based on the idea that women were more frequently full-time homemakers.

Visitation disappointment: Dealing with a missing parent

When a parent does not show up for visitation time, it is detrimental to the relationship with their child. It is hard on a child to keep feeling that they will get time with a parent only to find out that they have once again not shown up.

While you may wish to address this with the court, you also need to handle the fallout in your own home. You have to talk to your child and help them understand why they are not being seen by their parent. Sometimes, the missed visitations are legitimate, like if the other parent is ill or struggling with a heavy work schedule. Other times, they're simply ignoring their obligation to the child.

Facing drunk driving charges may be overwhelming

The sudden death of a young person in Virginia in a preventable car accident is an unspeakable tragedy. When it happens at the hands of an alleged drunk driver the desire may be for the maximum penalty to be levied against the suspected drunk driver. However, due process applies regardless of the severity of the case for a person facing drunk driving charges.

A fatal accident occurred when a man who was driving a box truck lost control of his vehicle and hit an SUV. The driver of the SUV was killed, and her passenger suffered serious injuries that caused permanent brain damage. The girls were returning from a trip to the beach and were seniors at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake.

Choosing to divorce after 50 in Virginia

Most people in Virginia would likely agree that marriage is sometimes difficult and often requires a significant amount of work. Having children can often create additional stress. However, many people might assume that after children are grown the couple has "made it." Contrary to this, many couples are choosing to divorce after the age of 50.

When couples choose to end their marriage after they turn 50, it is called a "gray" divorce. Some reports indicate that the rate of divorce for people who are over the age of 50 has approximately doubled in the last three decades. There are many potential reasons for this trend.

Slash and ex-wife settle divorce

For many couples, the decision to end their marriage comes only after a great deal of thought and consideration. Unfortunately, the decision to divorce is only the first in a series that must be made before couples in Virginia and across the country can move on with the rest of their lives. In fact, it took Guns & Roses' guitarist and his ex-wife Perla Ferrar a great deal of negotiation before they were able to come to an agreement on asset distribution.

The agreement that the former couple recently filed reportedly came after months of conflict. As part of the agreement, Slash, real name Saul Hudson, will pay his ex-wife $100,000 each month in spousal support. Additionally, he will pay $39,000, approximately 1.8% of his income, each month in child support.

Woman accused of drunk driving with children in her car

There are many different potential causes for driver distraction. Drivers with young children in their vehicle, for example, could face significant distractions. Unfortunately, what could simply be a distracted driver could be seen as a sign of intoxication. In fact, a Virginia woman now faces multiple criminal charges after police accused her of drunk driving.

Police claim that they eventually became involved with the woman after receiving a call about an erratic driver just after noon on a day in early September. The caller reportedly told police that a driver was repeatedly driving onto the median, and the vehicle's front bumper was hanging from the vehicle. The officer claims that the vehicle was moving at a low rate of speed and had a flat tire.

Outbursts and sibling fights: Coping through divorce

Fighting among your children is bound to happen in any circumstance, but when there's a divorce at the center of the issue, that's when it's difficult to deal with. You love your children, but you can't stand the pain they're in.

As a parent, you know that much of the fighting has to do with your children's different abilities in coping with the situation. Your younger child is having a harder time understanding, and the older child is tired of hearing about it. This leads to arguments and misunderstandings that make it hard to spend quality time with your children together.

Preparing for a Virginia divorce

When couples in Virginia walk down the aisle of a church or other venue to recite their wedding vows, they do so with the intention that they will spend the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately, as people change over time, couples find that they are no longer compatible, often leading them to contemplate whether it is in their best interest to end the marriage. While there are many reasons for and against filing for divorce, a person should not feel like he or she has to stay in an unhappy situation simply because of the financial toll it might have.

Concern over what a person's financial situation will be following a divorce is both understandable and warranted. People often worry whether they will be able to maintain their standard of living and their retirement prospects. However, there are some steps that can help.

A prenuptial agreement can help Virginia business owners

Business owners often expend a great deal of time and energy building their business. While most business owners in Virginia would be reluctant to jeopardize their business by entering into an agreement without a proper contract or legal agreement in place, many people leave their business interests unprotected by a potential divorce. However, many do not fully understand the impact that a divorce can have if there is no prenuptial agreement in place.

A prenuptial agreement can address how a business will be divided in the event of a divorce. A business that was started before a marriage will likely be considered separate property. However, the amount of appreciation value could be considered marital property. Certain provisions in a prenup, however, can address these issues, including requiring that any business partners sign off on transfers of shares. Such an agreement can also protect a business from debt collectors going after a spouse's debt.

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