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December 2017 Archives

A criminal conviction can damper the promise of the New Year

The holidays are a special time of year when Virginia residents may have a little more time off from work and may have opportunities to spend their days with the friends and family members who mean the world to them. Oftentimes, over meals and parties, individuals reacquaint themselves with individuals who have been important parts of their lives. However, from time to time, reunions of relations and former friends hash up old wounds and result in holiday conflicts.

The elements of an effective parenting plan

Divorce forces parents to make difficult choices about how their children will be raised and with whom the children will live. While some parents cannot come to terms with each other about these important matters and must rely on judicial intervention to establish custodial and visitation arrangements, many Virginia parents are able to put their differences aside and create their own parenting plans. These agreements set forth schedules, terms and other important information that will dictate how the parents will interact to raise their children following their split.

Can you seek spousal support after a divorce?

Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, is financial assistance that a person provides to their former spouse and that can last for varying lengths of time. Not every Virginia couple that goes through a divorce will have a spousal support agreement or order attached to their final decree, as spousal support is not necessary in all cases. In some divorces, the parties to the action will leave the marriage with sufficient wealth and income to support themselves without requiring spousal support.

Theft charges may be met with case-specific defenses

It is not uncommon for a Virginia resident to borrow an item of property from a neighbor and to have the full intention to return that property when they are done using it. For example, a person may borrow a wheelbarrow to complete yard work and anticipate that they will return it to their neighbor within the week. If the borrower of the wheelbarrow fails to return it to its owner, a theft as generally not occurred. Even though the borrower kept the wheelbarrow, there is an important element of the crime of theft that is absent from this hypothetical scenario: the intent of the borrower to permanently divest the owner of the property.

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