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Mary G. Commander

Mary Commander’s Legal Guides

51 total

  • Domestic Violence Conviction And The Servicemember (The Lautenberg Amendment)

    In 1996 the Gun Control Act of 1968 was amended by Congress to make it a federal felony for persons convicted of domestic violence offenses to possess firearms and prohibibiting anyone from providing weapons to such persons. The "Lautenberg Amendment" (18 U.S.C. Section 922 (g) (...

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  • Why Do I Need A Lawyer?

    WHY DO I NEED A LAWYER? (1) TO TELL ME WHAT I ALREADY KNEW. Lawyers can provide a reality check. Often you already really know the answer, even though you wish that you did not. For example, when you ask the question, should I move my boyfriend in with me and the kids, you k...

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  • Lawyer Second Opinions

    We live in a consumer driven world, yet many lawyers are offended when their clients seek a second opinion in their case. These same lawyers would not give a second thought to getting a second opinion of a doctor's diagnosis or treatment plan. This is no different. It is havin...

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  • Military Deployment And Children (Virginia)

    Deployment is a fact of life in military families. The sustained periods away from home do have an impact on custody and visitation decisions by the court.In 2008, the Virginia General Assembly enacted Virginia Code Section 20-124.8 to try to address some of the concerns that...

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  • Using GPS to Track Your Spouse In Virginia

    GPS tracking devices are all the rage. They have become so portable that you (or a private investigator) could attach one covertly to your spouse's car and record all of the comings and goings of that vehicle. That may seem like a very cost-effective method of surveillance, bu...

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  • Why Military Divorces Are Special

    Just as service members are governed by their own set of rules and regulations relating to the conditions of their military service, military divorces have their own unique considerations. There also are many myths and misconceptions that have become accepted as "truths" with...

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  • What to Do After the Divorce Is Final

    Getting the divorce finalized is the crucial first step. There generally will be other tasks that must be performed. First, review the terms of the legal documents and determine what those tasks are and the deadlines for completion. Make a list. Then find a safe and secure place ...

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  • "Open Adoptions" In Virginia

    Effective 2009, by statute ( Virginia Code Section 16.1-283.1 ), the child's birth parent or parents can enter into written post-adoption contact and communication agreements with the adoptive parent or parents. This agreement may include provisions about sharing information ...

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  • Parents' Access to School and Medical Records In Virginia

    Despite the common sense of it, as well as the existence of statutes, non-custodial parents often still have problems in obtaining their children's school and medical records. Unless there is a court order DENYING them such access, they are entitled to it. Because they are the...

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  • Do You Live With An Abuser?

    Classic characteristics of an abuser are: Extreme Jealousy Controlling behavior Unpredictable behavior Unrealistic Expectations Isolates the victim Blames others Minimizes or denies abuse Cruelty to children or animals Uses force during sex Verbally Abusive Sudden mood swi...

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