How to Terminate Parental Rights in Virginia

Because child custody, visitation, and support disputes can be difficult for parents and children, some parents desire to terminate the other parent’s rights to alleviate these burdens. Sometimes, a parent may seek to terminate their own rights to avoid paying child support. But is this possible in Virginia? Termination of parental rights is available under […]

At What Age in Virginia Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live With? 

Determining child custody is often one of the most contentious issues for divorcing couples. Many parents wonder whether, at a certain point, their child will reach a legal age when they can decide which parent they want to live with. However, there is no statutory age that permits a child to make this choice. As […]

Fault vs. No-Fault Divorce in Virginia

In Virginia, there are two types of divorce: Fault and no-fault. The primary difference between the two is whether or not one party in the marriage is deemed responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. No-Fault Divorce in Virginia In a no-fault divorce, neither party is held responsible for the split. If you and your […]

What Counts as “Income” for Child Support?

Child support ensures that your kids’ basic needs are met and that both parents contribute financially to the children’s upbringing. But how does the Court even determine where this amount comes from? First, it has to figure out how much “income” the parents have. The Many Sources of Income When someone asks you, “What is […]

Who Gets the Engagement Ring if There Is No Wedding?

The expected path a couple may take is usually courtship, engagement and ultimately a marriage; but what happens if the engagement is broken off prior to the marriage happening? Which party in that situation is the rightful owner of the engagement ring, an item often bearing significant financial value? How the Courts would answer this question […]

Holiday Divorce

The holidays add a layer of complexity to a divorce; this is one of the reasons that many people wait until the new year to ask for a divorce. Check out these five things to know before asking for a divorce during the holidays. Learn more here.