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Ensuring the enforceability of a prenuptial agreement in Virginia

Couples who decide to get married in Virginia and across the country have several decisions ahead of them. In addition to what kind of ceremony to have and who will attend, they must also make important decisions regarding how to best protect their personal and professional finances. Many couples who want to protect their family business in addition to protecting personal assets, for examples, in the event of a divorce choose to create a prenuptial agreement.

Prenuptial agreements serve several important purposes. Despite the effort that some couples put into creating one, they could ultimately be determined to be invalid. Fortunately, there are certain measures that must be put in place to ensure that a prenup is enforceable in the event of a divorce. To do this, it is often necessary for each member of the couple to have an attorney to represent their interests and review the provisions of legal documents before signing.

Crash with Virginia police officer leads to drunk driving charge

Drivers must take in and integrate a variety of different information while behind the wheel. They must be aware of other traffic in the area, the performance of their vehicle and the conditions of the roadways, among many other factors. Unfortunately, it is easy to see how a driver might overlook something, such as a traffic sign. Despite this, a man in Virginia was recently charged with drunk driving after his pickup truck allegedly struck a police cruiser.

The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on a day in November. Police claim that a 61-year-old male ran a stop sign at an intersection of two Virginia roads. The pickup is then said to have struck the driver's side of a marked police cruiser.

5 tips for helping teens get through a divorce

When a teenager has to go through a divorce with their parents, it's no surprise that their actions may seem unusual. Some decide to stay away from home as much as possible. Others develop anger issues or depression.

Every child is different, so it is important for parents to pay close attention. Teens, like any other children, may need help coping with their parents' divorce. How can you help? Here are a few tips.

Facing divorce? Do these 4 key things first

Divorce is always difficult. If you are a stay-at-home parent who is financially dependent on your spouse, however, divorce can be more than difficult: It can feel like your whole world is crumbling under your feet.

The good news is that this feeling doesn't have to be your reality. You can take steps to protect yourself, your children and your future. Here are four of the most important things to do as soon as you are served with divorce papers:

Protecting yourself during a legal separation

When most people think of the end of a marriage, they often think of a contentious battle that plays out in front of a court. Fortunately, many couples in Virginia who have decided to move on with the next stage of their lives have found that they are able to come to an amicable end of their romantic relationship. However, even those going through an uncontested, friendly divorce find that having a legal professional on their side can protect them from the time of legal separation and beyond.

Divorces in Virginia require both planning and patience. For example, couples without children are required to live separately for six months before their divorce becomes final. If there are children, the period is even longer -- one year.

Planning to file for divorce after the holidays?

The holiday season is here. As families throughout Virginia are planning their festivities, some are planning for afterwards as well. History suggests that the months following the holiday season are some of busiest for those who have decided to file for divorce. Many will hold off filing during the holiday season and look forward to filing soon afterwards. While looking at recipes and menus, some are also looking at assets and the best way to divide them.

Virginia is considered to be an equitable division property state. This means that the nature of the property as well as when and how it was purchased will be taken into account in determining who should retain the property, or how it should be divided, as a part of the divorce settlement. While all property will be divided, it will be divided in and equitable manner. The intent is that the property will be divided fairly, though not necessarily equally. 

Easing the transition for children following a divorce

Parents in Virginia and across the country are often willing to go to great lengths to protect their children. While some may even be willing to stay in an unhappy marriage, for many it becomes obvious that staying in a dysfunctional relationship is not in the best interest of anyone involved. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the stress that children feel as the family navigates through the divorce process.

For example, some parents who are invested in a low conflict divorce may choose an option known as "nesting." For most families, this gives the children the ability to stay in the family home while their parents alternate who stays at the home with them. Often, the parents will share an apartment that each live in when they are not with the children. While some professionals with experience with children going through divorce agree that there are benefits to this arrangement, they caution that it is most effective when the arrangement is short-term.

Virginia man arrested for drunk driving

There are a variety of different circumstances that drivers face while driving. In fact, some of these may prompt police officers to suspect criminal behavior even though they were perfectly innocuous. For example, a driver may choose to temporarily slow or come to a stop when driving during the early morning hours while there is little to no traffic. Unfortunately, a man in Virginia was recently arrested for drunk driving after a deputy reportedly observed him engaging in such behavior.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in early November. According to reports, a deputy claims he spotted a driver come to a stop before accelerating over the speed limit. He further states that the driver then failed to completely stop at a stop sign.

That criminal conviction can make a career nearly impossible

As you stand in court, facing accusations of criminal activity, you should know that the ramifications of this case can stretch on far past the immediate impact. This is something that may change your life. It may define who you are and who you can become forever.

Yes, the ramifications may begin with time spent behind bars. You may have to pay a fine. You may lose some rights, like the right to buy firearms. You may have to do probation or put your name on a list.

4 ways to stay business-minded during divorce

A divorce is hard for a number of reasons, and depending on your situation, you may wish you could give up everything and walk away. The reality is that you should not do that, because it impacts your finances in the future. Whether you're guilty, frustrated, angry or sad, it's best to stay focused on your financial future moving forward.

To stay focused, you need to maintain a business-like mind. Here are a few tips to help you overcome your emotions during this difficult time.

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