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Mary G. Commander

Mary Commander’s Legal Guides

51 total

  • Military Reimbursement for Adoptions

    Of the many benefits available to service members and their families, one of the most often overlooked is the Department of Defense Adoption Reimbursement Program. Currently, the reimbursement rate is $2,000 per adoptive child, but no more than $5,000 per year. This applies to...

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  • Parenting Plans

    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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  • Step-Parent Adoptions In Virginia

    Who Can Adopt Only a new spouse can adopt. You must be legally married to the person who is adopting the child. Must The Biological Parent Consent The process is immensely easier if the biological pa

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  • Prevent Identity Theft

    Credit Cards (1) Know what cards you have and keep track of them. (2) Cancel the ones you do not plan to use. (3) Check the statements when they come in for unauthorized charges. (4) Shred the statem

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  • Release of Adoption Information In Virginia

    Who May Apply For Information (1) The adopted person if over 18 years of age. (2) Where the adoption was finalized after July 1, 1994, and the adopted person is 21 years old or older, the adopted pe

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  • Relief From Legal Paternity (Daddy No More)

    What May Be Set Aside Any final judgment, court order, administrative order, obligation to pay child support or any legal determination of paternity. How Is It Done It is done by the filing of a peti

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  • Guardians Ad Litem For Children In Virginia

    Mandatory Appointment A guardian ad litem must be appointed by the court in emancipation proceedings, abortion by-pass cases, cases involving a child who is alleged to be abused or neglected or who i

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  • Parenthood and Inheritance In Virginia

    Adopted Person An adopted person is the child of an adopting parent and not of the biological parents. The only exception to this is in the case of a step-parent adoption in which the child is adopt

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  • Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

    Initial Stay If Servicemember Does Not Appear The Act provides for an initial stay of any civil or administrative proceedings of at least 90 days when the defendant has not made an appearance and is

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  • Divorce And Taxes

    Transfers Between Spouses Under the general rule, transfers of property between spouses and former spouses is not a taxable event if it is "incident to the divorce". If the transfer is NOT made pursu

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