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Facing assault and battery charges for a fight? Defend yourself

When you saw your friend walking down the street, you quickly ran up to them to stay hello. The person they were walking with turned suddenly and started acting aggressively towards you. You had no idea what they were doing, but when they took a swing at you, you dodged and ended up striking them several times.

Your friend watched in shock and couldn't stop any of this from happening, but she saw that you were attacked. Despite that, you ended up facing assault and battery charges for the fight after officers arrived. You were only defending yourself.

Co-parenting tips may help those going through divorce

The process of dissolving a marriage can unfortunately be challenging for both parents and children in Virginia. Specifically, deciding how to deal with co-parenting can be challenging. However, a couple of steps can help divorcing parents to make this process easier for their children.

First, it is important that a divorcing parent does not automatically assume that the other party will be a bad parent. The two parties might not necessarily like each other's behavior. However, the reality is that both parties likely value spending time with their shared children. Thus, it would behoove the two parents to strive to create a custody agreement that allows both parties to remain active in the children's lives.

An overview of divorce laws in Virginia

If you are considering filing for a divorce, one of the most important things that you will need to consider is whether you have grounds to file. Whether you will be able to file will depend on the state you are filing in and the conditions of your marriage.

Every state has different laws when it comes to divorce and the grounds for filing. Therefore, if you are intending to file for divorce in Virginia, you should have a good understanding of the grounds for divorce as well as the possible defenses. The following are some of the key divorce laws that you should be aware of in Virginia.

Early preparation for divorce process is critical

The idea of getting divorced may be a welcome one for individuals in Virginia who are not happy with their marriages. Still, the divorce process can be complicated on both an emotional and financial standpoint. This is why taking steps to be prepared for this process as early as possible is critical.

When it comes to the emotional aspect of divorce, a spouse who is pursuing divorce may be wise to enlist the help of a mental health expert right away. This type of expert can help the individual through the process of seeking meaning during his or her divorce journey. This is necessary to avoid blaming the other person for the divorce as well as blaming oneself for the end of the marriage.

Several experts can be helpful during the divorce process

Getting divorced can unfortunately be emotionally challenging, but it can also be hard to navigate financially. This is true whether two people have been married for a few years or a few decades. However, several types of experts can help with handling financial matters during the divorce process in Virginia.

First, a forensic accountant may be needed in a situation where one party or both parties are having trouble tracking the other individual's income. The accountant can investigate financial records to determine how much both parties earn and where their money is coming from. This information is invaluable for deciding which party may end up having to pay alimony or child support, for example, and how much.

Divorce process involves equitable distribution in Virginia

Ending a marriage is never a straightforward process in Virginia. Unfortunately, if two divorcing individuals have a large number of assets or some high-value assets, the process can become even trickier. Here is a look at how Virginia courts handle the divorce process in these situations.

Virginia is an equitable distribution state, a term that describes most states across the United States. In this type of state, the court will divide two divorcing individuals' possessions in a manner that it considers to be fair, or equitable. Thus, two divorcing spouses in Virginia may end up with unequal asset amounts as part of the divorcing process. For instance, one person may receive 70% of assets, whereas the other party might be awarded 30% of the couple's shared assets.

DUI arrest involving woman occurs following injury accident

A woman in Virginia was recently accused of causing an injury crash due to drinking while under the influence. The accident that led to her DUI arrest took place on a Monday night. However, although the woman faces a DUI charge, she is deemed innocent until and unless the government can prove her guilt in a court of law.

According to police, the driver ended up going over a road embankment at around 7:45 p.m. At that point, her car entered a river. The woman did not suffer injuries in the crash, but one of her passengers was hurt in the collision.

Co-parenting can be a positive experience for the children

The divorce process can unfortunately be stressful for both parents and their young children in Virginia. Likewise, co-parenting in the aftermath of the divorce can be challenging. However, divorcing parents can take a couple of steps to make these life-altering experiences easier for the children to deal with going forward.

For one, it is essential for parents who are getting a divorce to frequently speak with their children about how they feel. For instance, they can ask the children how they are doing as well as what they need. The more they can express their feelings during the divorce journey, the less alone they will feel in the process.

Talk safety before the Fourth of July weekend

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and with it can come some dangers for kids. Since you and your spouse share the weekend of the Fourth, it's likely that your children will come into contact with a few fireworks shows and small explosive items, like firecrackers.

To help make the Fourth of July safer, one thing that you and the other parent may want to do now is to address any concerns you have as well as rules that you'd like to put into place in both homes.

Divorce process with young children can be tricky

One of the most challenging aspects of dissolving a marriage is figuring out how to handle matters related to child custody, which can quickly spur emotion-fueled conflict. However, it is indeed possible for divorcing parents to have a relatively amicable divorce process. Here is a look at what they can do to benefit the whole family in Virginia.

First, two divorcing parents would generally be wise to embrace the concept of co-parenting. This arrangement allows both of them to play important roles in their children's lives. However, to make it work, it is paramount that both parents are reasonable and committed to its success. This means being cooperative and maintaining open communication with each other.

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