Mary G. Commander’s Guides

Mary G. Commander

Norfolk Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Parenting Plans

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, over 4 years ago. STAFF PICK

    A parenting plan is a written document which sets forth the parenting schedule of each parent with the minor children. It also may include responsibilities and duties, as well as prohibitions during the time that the child is in each parent's care. Parenting plans mandatory in so...

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  2. Virginia Child Custody Factors

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, over 4 years ago. STAFF PICK

    Child The court must consider the age and physical and mental condition of the child and the child's developmental needs. Parents The court must consider the age and physical and mental condition of

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  3. Cooperative Versus Collaborative Divorce

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, almost 2 years ago.

    The worst type of divorce for everyone is a contested divorce. That is one where the decisions are left to a judge after the parties "fight it out" in court. This type of case exacts a great cost financially and emotionally. A recent trend in the law has been to have the parties...

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  4. Defenses to Adultery in Virginia Divorce Actions

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, about 3 years ago.

    Defenses to Adultery Claims in Virginia Divorce Actions In Virginia, adultery is the only ground for divorce that can serve as a bar to spousal support by statute. Accordingly, proof of adultery can have a significant impact in a divorce case. Adultery in Virginia must be proven ...

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  5. Change of Sex on a Birth Certificate

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, about 3 years ago.

    Change of Sex on a Birth Certificate A procedure exists under Virginia law for the change of a person's gender and the issuance of a new birth certificate. Virginia Code Section 32.1-269 requires: Upon receipt of a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction ...

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  6. What is Separate Property in Virginia?

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, about 3 years ago.

    What is Separate Property in Virginia? In a divorce case in Virginia, before a court can even think about dividing property between the parties or taking any other action with regard to the prpperty, it must be classified. The property can be be classified as either separate, mar...

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  7. Spousal Support in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, about 3 years ago.

    Spousal Support in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Virginia has a curious system in which two courts can enter Orders dealing with the same matters. The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and the Circuit Court in divorces can enter Orders establishi...

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  8. Grounds For Divorce in Virginia

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, about 3 years ago.

    Grounds For Divorce in Virginia Virginia Code Sections 20-91 and 20-95 No Fault The parties can be divorced on a "no fault" basis based on a one year separation or on a six month separation with a written Agreement if the parties have no children under the age of eighteen. Fault ...

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  9. Divorce Revokes Beneficiary Designations in Virginia

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, about 3 years ago.

    Divorce Revokes Beneficiary Designations in Virginia By statute,upon the entry of a decree of annulment or divorce from the bond of matrimony on and after July 1, 1993, any revocable beneficiary designation contained in a then existing written contract owned by one party that ...

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  10. Illegal Marriages in Virginia

    Written by attorney Mary Commander, about 3 years ago.

    Illegal Marriages in Virginia Certain marriages in Virginia are prohibited by statute. Prohibited Marriages Virginia Code Section 20-38.1 provides: (a) The following marriages are prohibited: (1) A marriage entered into prior to the dissolution of an earlier marriage of one of t...

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