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Is a home purchased before marriage considered marital property?

Many couples in Virginia purchase their family home after they say their vows. As such, the home is likely to be considered marital property subject to division should the marriage end in divorce. However, some homeowners are interested in knowing how a home that was purchased before the marriage will be treated during the property division process.

There are several factors that are considered when it comes to determining if a piece of real estate is considered marital or separate property. In fact, it may not matter in certain circumstances if only one spouse's name is on the deed. For example, if a home was purchased before the wedding, but in anticipation of it, and/or the other person lived in the home in the intervening months and contributed to the expenses, the home could still be considered marital property.

Wrong turn onto Virginia tracks leads to drunk driving arrest

Anyone who has driven at night likely knows that the lack of visibility can create confusion for those behind the wheel. Unfortunately, it seems that such confusion recently resulted in a man's arrest in Virginia. He now faces multiple accusations, including that he was drunk driving at the time of the incident.

Reports indicates that the events that led to the man's arrest -- as well as a female passenger -- happened around 9:30 p.m. on a day in October. According to police, the 38-year-old man was driving a vehicle containing a 30-year-old female passenger and his 2-year-old daughter. Police claim that the man admitted to consuming alcohol at a winery located near the incident.

Sharing custody: Coping with seeing your ex-spouse

Parenting after a divorce can be very difficult, but the reality is that you may have no other choice than to work with your ex-spouse to do so. Even if you didn't work out in a romantic relationship, there may be an understanding that you are positive influences in your children's lives.

You both fight and argue, but you also want what's best for your children. What should you do to make the situation more comfortable and to get along with your ex-spouse?

What is financial infidelity and how can it end a marriage?

Some people say they feel like two peas in a pod with their spouses, and others say their relationships are definitely more of the "opposites attract" type. Either way, married life is a journey, and couples are bound to encounter challenges along the way. Among the more serious types of problems, financial infidelity is an issue that often prompts a spouse to end a marriage.

In fact, if a marriage is going through a tough time because of dishonesty about finances, a spouse might ultimately decide he or she would rather separate than continue to constantly fight about money. Many Virginia spouses have jointly owned bank accounts, but some prefer to keep their money separate. Virginia is an equitable property state, so the judge overseeing a divorce determines how to divide marital assets between the spouses in question.

Jeremy Renner, ex-wife both seek sole custody of daughter

Anyone in Virginia with children likely knows that parenting is difficult, even in the best of circumstances. While there are certainly challenges to parenting alone, many parents who are no longer in a romantic relationship also struggle to decide what is in the best interests of their children. In fact, actor Jeremy Renner and his ex-wife have recently filed petitions with the court, both asking for sole custody.

The former couple shares a 6-year-old daughter. Reports indicate that Renner's ex-wife filed for divorce in Dec. 2014 after 10 months of marriage. Though they currently share custody, the mother filed for sole custody in September; she is also requesting that visitation with Renner be monitored.

Virginia driver arrested for drunk driving after pedestrian crash

A car accident can happen at any time of the day or night. However, it may be more difficult for drivers to see and properly respond to changing road conditions -- such as a pedestrian crossing the street -- at night due to the decreased visibility. Despite this, police in Virginia may be quick to assume that an accident that happens during the early morning hours is the result of a driver who is under the influence. In fact, a man was arrested for drunk driving after a crash that involved a pedestrian.

Reports indicate that the accident happened around 1:45 a.m. on a day in early September. Law enforcement officials believe that a 52-year-old male was crossing the street when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 44-year-old man. The driver is said to have pulled over into a nearby parking lot; a passenger then called 911.

Understanding parental alienation and how it affects children

Usually, children benefit from being in the care of both parents. However, there are times when this creates a problem, as one parent will attempt to use their children as pawns to harm the other.

This sometimes results in parental alienation, since a child may mistakenly believe one parent is bad or dangerous. They may also fear repercussions for speaking with a parent and avoid them for that reason. Here's more on parental alienation and what you should know.

It can be mentally and emotionally difficult to end a marriage

Any type of major change in a person's life can be mentally exhausting. Even if the event is a beneficial one, it can still be difficult for Virginia residents to work through. Unfortunately, when the change involves an event like deciding to end a marriage, it can be even more emotionally trying.

On the bright side, individuals going through divorce can help themselves maintain their mental stability in various ways. For instance, it is important to remain physically active during this time. Exercise often releases endorphins that can allow individuals to feel more uplifted. While they maintain their physical health, they may also allow themselves to feel more mentally sound and work through any difficult emotions they may be experiencing as a result of the divorce process.

Have you heard these myths about the divorce process ?

Heading for divorce can be an uncertain period of life. Divorcing couples have to deal with any number of decisions, including things like alimony, child custody and property division. While many people in Virginia believe that they understand the basics of the divorce process, some myths can complicate things for everyone.

One example of a common but false myth is that judges always award primary custody to mothers. Since men often assume that judges favor women, a father may not assert his rights if he believes that a judge wrongly determined his child's best interests. In reality, judges look at children's best interests when deciding how to award physical and legal custody. Knowing this, some fathers might be able to achieve a more appropriate child custody agreement that respects their children's best interests.

Your rights when your ex won't follow the custody order

It is a worst-case scenario for many parents facing divorce. As emotions spiral out of control between you and your ex, they may become vindictive and attempt to damage your relationship with your children as a way to punish you.

Even if there is a shared custody order on record or if you have the right to visitation, your ex might start finding reasons to cancel your time with the children. The first few times one of the kids has the flu, it may not seem that unusual.

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