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Virginia woman facing drunk driving charges in fatal accident

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, something as simple as changing the radio station can create enough of a distraction to cause an accident. Despite this, police in Virginia and across the country may be quick to assume that an accident -- especially one that occurs during late at night or early in the morning -- is the result of a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In fact, a woman is now facing drunk driving charges after police say she was involved in a fatal accident.

The accident that led to the 26-year-old woman's arrest reportedly happened during the early morning hours of a day in August. According to reports, both the woman and a 46-year-old male motorcyclist were westbound on a Virginia road. Though some reports indicate that the woman "drove him off the road," the details of how that happened are unclear. Police say that both vehicles crossed the center median, ultimately striking two different trees on the other side of the road.

Spousal support: Should you ask for it?

Spousal support is an option for some people who are going through a divorce. It is money that will be paid by one spouse to another after they divorce or separate. The money, which can be called maintenance, alimony or spousal support, is meant to provide a short-term financial boost to the in-need spouse.

There are few times when spousal support is permanent, however, it is possible in some long-term marriages and particularly for divorces that occur late in life.

Father questions child support after child placed in his custody

There is no doubt that parents in Virginia must meet their responsibilities for their children. This includes making court-ordered child support payments. Some parents, however, find it necessary to request a modification -- even if it is only a temporary one -- of an existing order depending on their individual circumstances. In fact, one father in another state is requesting a modification while the child in question is in his custody full time.

According to reports, the mother of the 2-year-old has primary custody of the child. However, the mother was reportedly discovered in a hot car with the children -- as well as one other -- after she allegedly overdosed on cocaine. The father of the child in question claims that his son was placed in his custody the same day.

Prenuptial agreement questioned in Kevin Garnett divorce

When couples in Virginia and across the country choose to marry, they often take steps to plan for the future. For many, this includes the creation of a prenuptial agreement, which allows them to have an open line of communication regarding their financial situation and what will happen in the event of a divorce. However, there are certain issues that could leave a prenup vulnerable to a successful challenge in the event the marriage ends in a divorce.

In fact, the prenuptial agreement between former NBA player and his estranged wife is now being questioned. His wife filed for divorce earlier this year and requested physical custody of the children in addition to child and spousal support. A temporary agreement leaves Garnett paying approximately $100,000 in combined support.

Your pet and property: Pets and divorce

Divorcing when you have pets can be a nightmare, especially if they were purchased during your marriage. Unlike in some other states, pets are still considered to be personal property in Virginia. That means that they're subject to property division, just like other assets.

This, of course, is much more difficult to handle than just assessing and dividing furniture or a home. A pet is a living animal, and both parties may have invested time and effort into raising their pet. Many people today treat pets as if they're children, too, so the thought of not seeing your pet could be extremely sad.

Property concerns for those considering a divorce

There is often a great deal of value in a family home -- both sentimental and monetary. For many couples, their home is one of their largest investments. As such, what happens to the family home and other property following a Virginia divorce is often a hotly contested issue.

Often, those who are considering whether a divorce is in their best interests will have many concerns about what happens to their family home. In many cases, a person might be concerned if their name is not listed on the deed. However, who is included on a deed is typically immaterial in the case of a marital asset.

Remember to plan for a divorce before you approach the subject

Divorces are emotionally and financially challenging. Most people know that suggesting a divorce or bringing up the option of getting a divorce could cause extreme stress and anxiety in their lives. That's probably why many people wait so long to address problems in their marriages.

If you want to talk to your spouse about getting a divorce but haven't brought it up yet, then it's a good idea to talk to your attorney first. Did you know that there are things you need to do before you divorce to make a divorce easier? Your attorney will give you information on what you can do to make the divorce easier on both you and your spouse during a short consultation.

Paternity suit filed by former fiancee of Tyreek Hill

While many families in Virginia and across the country have a traditional composition, there are a variety of families that do not. Regardless of family composition, parents often face unique situations -- that may ultimately require court action. For example, the former fiancee of NFL player Tyreek Hill has recently taken court action to establish the paternity of her twins, and address other issues.

According to court papers, the twins were born the same month as the court filing and have the mother's last name in addition to living with her. In addition to establishing the infants' paternity, her goal through the court action is to establish supervised parenting time and appropriate child support. She is also asking the court to determine that it is in the children's best interest for her to have sole legal and physical custody. 

Drunk driving alleged in fatal Virginia car crash

The loss of a loved one is never an easy event. Unfortunately, one family was hit with a double loss when a woman from out-of-state traveled to Virginia to help settle her grandfather's estate following his death. Now, her uncle reportedly faces accusations of drunk driving following a fatal motor vehicle accident that allegedly resulted in the woman's death.

The accident happened around 8:00 p.m. on a day in late June. According to reports, a 55-year-old man was headed south on a Virginia roadway. Reports indicate that the pickup truck exited the left side of the road. Unfortunately, police believe that the driver over-corrected, causing the vehicle to exit the right side of the road and crash into a tree.

Man arrested for failing to pay child support

Most people in Virginia and across the country would likely acknowledge that raising children is an expensive endeavor. Many would likely struggle to do so on a single income. As such, courts often order parents to pay child support to ensure that a child's basic needs are met. Failure to meet this obligation could come with serious consequences.

In fact, a man in another state has found himself facing felony charges after he reportedly failed to pay court-ordered child support for three children for over a decade. Reports indicate that he was required to pay child support after his 2006 divorce. At the time of his arrest, reports claim he owes $175,000.

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