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Recent Posts in Family Law Category

  • The Impact of Retirement on Spousal Support

    What happens when a former spouse has been ordered to pay spousal support indefinitely, but now wants to retire? In the past, some Virginia courts ruled that the payor's retirement - even if at a normal retirement age - does not warrant a reconsideration of spousal support. This created quite a predicament for a payor who wanted to retire but didn’t know whether he or she would be able to obtain a ...
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  • Cohabitation before Marriage and Its Impact on Divorce

    Many couples live together for years before deciding to tie the knot. During long periods of premarital cohabitation, what happens when couples mingle finances or contribute to the value of each other's assets? What if most assets are in the name of only one spouse? In Virginia, marital property and debts are divided in divorce under a system called “equitable distribution.” The equitable ...
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  • Changes are Coming for Alimony Taxation

    The new tax law will have a big impact on families going through a separation or divorce. Alimony (known as spousal support in Virginia) has long been considered taxable income for the recipient and deductible from the payor’s income. Beginning January 1, 2019, that deduction is repealed. In other words, the payor of spousal support will be responsible for paying taxes on that income, not the ...
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  • Meet Elizabeth Thorne

    Meet Elizabeth Thorne , a partner at Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, PLC. , who has been with the firm since 2006. She is a litigator with a focus on Family Law . Why did you choose to practice Family Law? The law can be complicated and clients are sometimes dealing with the hardest times and biggest transitions they’ll go through in their lives. When families confront such important ...
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  • Meet Rex L. Edwards, Jr.

    Meet Rex L. Edwards, Jr. , a partner at Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, PLC . He has been with the firm since 1992. What areas of Law do you practice? Primarily Family Law and Personal Injury What is it about these areas of legal practice that bring you to work every day? The human contact. I represent people who have difficulties and it’s rewarding to feel like I’m making a difference ...
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  • Are There Risks to Using Social Media in Litigation?

    Even though you might believe that your account is private and you have ensured your privacy settings are switched on, you may be surprised to learn that your social media posts are not actually private. Social media has quickly become an instrumental tool in litigation, in many different types of cases such as personal injury, criminal charges, family law matters, employment law, and much more. ...
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  • "Grandparents' Rights" and Kinship Care

    Kinship care is when grandparents or other extended family , step in and take care of children. This can happen if, for any reason, the parent is unable to provide for the child. It may be due to the loss of one’s job, problems with drug or alcohol abuse, or other circumstances that would not make it possible for them to provide proper care to their children. Parents may approve or even encourage ...
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