DCSE vs. Court Order: How Should I Obtain Child Support?

Patricia TichenorLegal

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Whether you’re going through a divorce or are unmarried and simply need to set fair terms with your child’s other natural (or adoptive) parent, you may find you need to establish an order of child support. To obtain child support in Virginia, you can either apply through the Commonwealth’s Department of Social Services, Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE), or by opening up a case directly with your local court. Here’s what you need to … Read More

How to Protect Your Assets If You Got Married Without a Prenup

Patricia TichenorLegal

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No one wants to think about the end of a marriage before it even begins. However, it’s important to have a conversation with your partner about the future of each of your individual assets, including money, investments and real estate, should you get divorced in the future. If you did get married without signing a prenuptial or premarital agreement, it’s not too late to protect your assets. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a post-marital or … Read More

Am I Entitled to Alimony in My Divorce?

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spousal support orders in virginia

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a common issue in divorce cases. This payment from one ex spouse to another is separate from any child support payments that the Court may order. Spousal support is often awarded when there is a significant income gap between the spouses. However, just because one spouse earns more does not automatically mean the other is entitled to spousal support payments. The Court takes many different circumstances into consideration … Read More

How Do I Modify a Child Support Order?

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If you and your ex-spouse have an existing child support order and need to change it, you’ll need to file a petition with the court. Here’s how to do it.

How Does Step-Parent Adoption Work?

Patricia TichenorLegal

blended family

Step-parent adoption is a common family law matter in Virginia. If you wish to legally adopt your spouse’s child(ren), here’s an overview of the process.