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Don't let your recent divorce ruin your holidays

There are many fun things to do in Virginia during the holidays. With Thanksgiving just around the corner and many other special occasions on the horizon during the 2019 holiday season, you might be among those who are already planning their holiday schedules. If you also happen to be a parent who recently divorced, you might be feeling a bit worried or anxious about this first, post-divorce holiday season, especially regarding your co-parenting arrangement.

Like all good parents, you want what is best for your kids. The problem is that you and your ex might not always agree on how to interpret that. In fact, if you and your co-parent don't really get along too well, there's a chance that disputes or even legal problems might interrupt your holidays. That's why it's so important to build a strong support network from the start.

What are popular reasons to divorce?

Most people who marry probably believe that they will stay that way. However, divorce is not an uncommon outcome of many unions. Some relationships last a lifetime, but many others do not.

The reasons for divorce are as varied as the people who have them. You might think that one of the most common reasons has to do with money. While that is certainly an issue that impacts many couples, a recent study found some other surprising possibilities. Many people report that they divorce due to emotional issues, generally when there is a difference in emotional response between the two partners. If you're considering divorce here in Virginia, this information may be helpful as you work to understand your situation.

Trying to help your kids come to terms with your divorce?

Divorce is typically a turning point in people's lives. If you are like most Virginia parents who have recently severed their marital ties, you've likely been worried about your children's ability to cope. How well they adapt to their new lifestyle depends on many factors, one of which might be the co-parent relationship you have with your ex. Is it as amicable as one would expect or contentious?

Your children's perception of your interaction with your ex may be a factor toward their ability to cope with your divorce. It's definitely not the only issue that counts. They may experience ups and downs just as you might. You'll all be searching for your "new normal." There are several things you can do to help your children make the best of their situation. Knowing where to seek support to help resolve problem issues is a step in the right direction.

Filing for divorce: Financial issues to keep in mind

When you got married in Virginia, you likely thought about your wedding day plans long in advance. Even if yours was a simple ceremony, you no doubt envisioned the way you wanted things to look and how the celebration should unfold on the big day. This is true for most important occasions in life. It usually takes a bit of forethought and planning to prepare for life's milestones.

Not all significant events that require planning are joyous and celebratory. For instance, you probably did not expect to divorce your spouse. How well you prepare for divorce, however, may have serious long-term financial implications. Entering into a divorce should be thoroughly considered and prepared for.

Proving a parent unfit in a Virginia child custody case

As in most states, Virginia judges typically believe that children fare best in divorce when they can spend time with both of their parents. If you're preparing to fight for sole custody of your children because you believe your ex's presence is a detriment to their well-being, you may have your work cut out for you in court.

It's not easy to convince the court that a parent is unfit. The court must carefully investigate such accusations to make sure that the children's best interests remain the central focus of all proceedings. No judge wants to deny children access to one of their parents if the allegations against him or her prove false. Therefore, if you plan to claim that your ex is unfit, you'll need to support your claim with evidence.

What Is Retroactive Child Support?

There is a difference between a parent who doesn't pay their child support obligations and a parent who has yet to be ordered to pay for child support. In cases where a paying parent is issued a retroactive child support order, they are required to pay support for a specific period of time before child support is officially granted.

How to Handle Marital Separation During Your Divorce

Divorce can be a slow moving process, and sometimes, couples have to spend years resolving their divorce disputes. Legal separation is usually the first step that spouses take when they decide to get a divorce. This crucial step is often overlooked by most people, but it might end up being the most important day of your divorce case. In this blog, we explain ways you can handle your divorce that will help you not feel too overwhelmed.

Getting Through Valentine's Day After Your Divorce

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and for those who have recently divorced, this day can bring back meaningful and romantic memories of their ex. Although Valentine's Day can be a painful reminder of why your marriage came to an end, it can also be a good time to reevaluate what you want out of your life now that you are divorced. In this blog, we explain what you can do to get through Valentine's Day after your divorce.

Enforcing a Court Order in Family Law

Child Custody, Visitation, and Support Enforcement

If your ex is not upholding his or her end of the court order in your divorce, it can be detrimental in more ways than one. Court orders for spousal support, child support, and child custody are often the first to be dismissed after a change of circumstances in an ex's life. This is also the unfortunate result if an ex-spouse is angry, jealous, or otherwise acting out of emotion. Depending on the cause of the disruption, you can pursue avenues to get things back on track or choose to hold them in contempt of court.

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