Change to Military Retirement Division Has Major Impact in Virginia Divorces
In 2017, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) brought about major changes in how military retirement benefits are divided in Virginia divorce. Prior to the enactment of this law, state courts were not required by the federal government to follow a particular methodology in dividing a servicemember’s military retirement. The typical method of dividing military […]
benefits of settling child custody cases outside of court
Some people think it strange to hear an attorney talk about the benefits of staying out of court. But in child custody and visitation cases, it is absolutely essential that the client consider the risks and costs associated with litigation, and also the possible benefits of resolving the case by agreement. Please see Ken Hodge’s
“separate property” in divorce may become marital
Ken Hodge recently wrote an article outlining how separate property, i.e., property owned by one spouse prior to the marriage, can be treated by the Court as marital property to the extent that it increased in value during the marriage. This is an aspect of Virginia divorce law that many clients find surprising and confounding
Is child custody law in Virginia unfair to fathers?
Virginia Code Section 20-124.2(B) provides: “ “In determining custody, the court shall give primary consideration to the best interests of the child. The court shall assure minor children of frequent and continuing contact with both parents, when appropriate, and encourage parents to share in the responsibilities of rearing their children. As between the parents, there