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Mary Commander’s Legal Guides

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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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  • Expungement Of Criminal Records In Virginia

    Dismissed, Nolle Prossed, Pardoned Or Writ of Actual Innocence The expungement process applies to charges that have been dismissed or nolle prossed (dismissed without prejudice but can be refiled w

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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