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November 2016 Archives

Children of same-sex parents are fine, studies say

The past couple of years have been exciting for same-sex couples in Virginia and elsewhere. Same-sex marriage was legalized in every state. Equalizing divorce and child custody rights followed suit. At Donna Dougherty Law P.C., we understand that laws and opinions are still evolving regarding same-sex marriage and divorce, since this is such a new area. If you are part of a same-sex couple, you might be faced with biases regarding how your children are developing emotionally.

Grandparents' visitation rights: In children's best interests

When divorce comes with the pain and anxiety of a custody battle, grandparents may fear that they will lose contact with their beloved grandchildren. However, Virginia grandparents have a strong case in court for visitation rights regardless of which parent receives custody. 

Pets and property division

Virginia residents put a lot of love, care and money into their pets, which bring joy to a healthy relationship. During a divorce, however, the issue of who gets to keep the pooch can be complicated and emotionally charged. 

Spousal support and the ongoing process of marriage equality

Since the federal ruling in June 2015, same-sex couples in Virginia theoretically have enjoyed not only the right to marriage but also the marriage benefits that have long been available to opposite-sex couples. However, there are still plenty of wrinkles in the system, as shown in a decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia earlier this year.

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