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Mary G. Commander

Mary Commander’s Legal Guides

52 total


  • DANGER: DIVORCE LAWYERS

    Divorce lawyers are a necessary evil in the modern world. There are, however, certain categories of divorce lawyers who should be approached with great caution. I have attempted to list them below. Th

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  • Cooperative Versus Collaborative Divorce

    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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  • Defenses to Adultery in Virginia Divorce Actions

    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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  • Change of Sex on a Birth Certificate

    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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  • What is Separate Property in Virginia?

    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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  • Spousal Support in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

    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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  • Grounds For Divorce in Virginia

    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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  • Divorce Revokes Beneficiary Designations in Virginia

    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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  • Illegal Marriages in Virginia

    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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  • Immunity of Child Abuse Reporters in Virginia

    Immunity of Child Abuse Reporters in Virginia In order to encourage reports to be made of child abuse or neglect, those who make reports of suspected abuse are immune from liablity by staute in Virginia. Virginia Code Section 63.2-1512 provides: Any person making a report pursuan...

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