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April 2017 Archives

Contractual planning crucial for unmarried couples

From taxes to parental rights, married couples enjoy a wide variety of legal benefits based on their marital status. If you and your partner have opted not to tie the knot, however, legally enforceable contracts may offer the greatest protection throughout the course of your relationship. We at Donna Dougherty Law PC are experienced in helping unmarried Virginia couples plan for their lives together.

What should you say when breaking the news?

At the outset of the divorce process, it is your responsibility as a Virginia parent to inform your child of the separation in a compassionate, understanding manner. How you present the news will have a powerful influence on how your child responds to the impending change. Here are a few tips for what you should and should not do while telling your child that his or her parents can no longer continue living together.

What should you do when parents oppose visitation?

Virginia law places particular emphasis on parents’ rights in raising children but is less specific about the rights and roles of grandparents. Thus, if you have been denied access to your grandchildren by one or both parents, you must provide powerful evidence that time with Grandma and Grandpa are crucial to your grandchildren’s well-being.

Resources for grandparents with custody

When a troubled family situation puts grandchildren at risk, Virginia grandparents often step up to provide a loving, stable home. However, becoming a parent again in the years leading up to or following retirement can cause severe financial strain. Here are some of the resources that may be available to grandparents caring for their grandchildren.

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