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Mary G. Commander

Mary Commander’s Legal Guides

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  • How Not To Lose Your Custody Case

    Cooperate with your lawyer. You have hired someone who knows the law and knows the judges who will decide your case. If you fail to follow your attorney's advice, you are throwing away all of that ex

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  • Can I Get An Annulment?

    Can Be Void or Voidable by statute The marriage may either be void (invalid) from the outset or voidable (subject to attack) because of legal infirmities. No license or solemnization. If you did not

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  • Successful Divorce Through Mediation

    Mediation Saves Money Mediation costs a fraction of what a litigated divorce costs. If you are fighting about money, why do you want to spend all of your money fighting about it? Some people say that

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  • Spousal Support in Virginia

    Income and Expenses The court is to consider the obligations, needs and financial resources of the parties, including, but not limited to income from all pension, profit sharing or retirement plans o

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  • Mediation Works For Same Sex Or Unmarried Couples

    Complete Property Division Virginia divorce law provides a specific procedure and process for the division of "marital property" pursuant to the Equitable Distribution statute. This includes real and

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  • Military Divorces-Special Considerations

    Military Retirement One of the most valuable assets in any long term marriage is the military retirement. It also is the one thing that every service member resents having to share. No matter. It is

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  • Virginia Child Custody Factors

    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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  • Use of Mental Health Professionals in Divorce Cases

    Mental Health Professionals Are a Part Of The Collaborative Divorce Team Collaborative Divorce is one of the newest trends in the law in which each party has a team which consists of a lawyer and a m

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  • Property Settlement Agreements In Virginia

    Custody and Visitation of Children The Agreement should cover the custodial arrangement: a. legal custody (decision making authority), can be joint or sole; b. physical custody (where the child prima

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  • Emancipation Of A Minor In Virginia

    Who Can File? Any minor who has reached the age of sixteen or any parent or guardian of such a minor can file. Where Do You File? A petition is filed in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District C

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