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How Familial Relationships Are Impacted by the Virginia Adoption Process

Last month, we discussed why Virginia stepparents should consider formalizing their parental rights through the adoption process. Doing so eliminates legal barriers and protects your parental rights should your marriage falter. Adoption impacts more than just the adopting parent(s) and their children, however. Familial relationships with both the “former” family members who have had their rights terminated and with Read More

Why Virginia Stepparents Should Consider Legal Adoption Today

There is no one way to grow your family. Ultimately, what matters is the love and dedication we can give to one another in the home. As a stepparent, the love you give can be just as much, if not more, than that of a biological parent. When you assume the role of stepparent, you take on the responsibility any other parent would but you don’t automatically receive the same rights as a biological parent. This is Read More

The Termination of Parental Rights in Virginia

Parental rights are a delicate issue and the duties that come with being a parent require dedication. This is precisely why any legal attempt to terminate parental rights in Virginia must be taken seriously. Generally, these requests come from the Department of Social Services who want to terminate a parent’s rights for allegedly neglecting those duties. When a parent neglects their child, or becomes severely Read More

Common Questions That Linger After Your Virginia Divorce Case

Getting a divorce can run even the strongest individuals thin. You spent so much time and energy building a relationship that now requires time and energy to end. This can leave you feeling a little lost during a time of transition. Our team of Virginia divorce attorneys works closely with clients to make this transition as stress-free as reasonably possible, but we’ve seen firsthand how the stress of a divorce can Read More

What You Need When You Meet With a Family Law Attorney

Legal matters that impact your family are worthy of your time and attention. Virginia families are worthy of the careful attention and expertise of an experienced family law attorney. That’s where Rinehart Bryant, PLLC, comes in. Our team is proud to support Virginia families in important legal matters. We want to make sure you receive the legal representation you deserve as you navigate complicated, often sensitive, Read More

Tread Lightly on Social Media During a Family Law Matter

Social media is everywhere. There are numerous platforms, apps, and websites out there for people to share their thoughts, pictures, and videos of whatever is going on in their lives at a given moment. This exposure comes with some risk and provides a slippery slope for those who don’t think before they post. All of this becomes even more relevant during a legal matter involving your family. If you are in the midst Read More

How is Spousal Support Determined in Virginia?

The end of a marriage is often the end of a lifestyle. People are left to figure out what life will look like without not only the person they’ve been married to but also everything they brought to the table. Spousal support (often referred to as “maintenance”) is intended to soften this blow and ensure nobody is forced to suffer a significant loss in quality of life after their marriage ends. Our team at Rinehart Read More

Will I Have to Refinance My Mortgage After My Divorce?

Getting a divorce in Virginia comes with a litany of questions and issues that arise for each party throughout the process. Although this can be exhausting for everyone involved it is necessary to be prepared for everything that comes with separation and divorce. One of the most stressful components of any divorce is the division of assets, especially when a home is involved. We frequently hear from clients who want Read More

Making the Most Out of the Holidays as a Co-Parent

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are quickly approaching. This means time with family and loved ones for many Virginia families, but we also recognize that not every Virginia family looks the same. If you got divorced this year it can be a challenge coming up with a holiday co-parenting plan that gives you both quality time with your children. We want to help you navigate the coming days and weeks just as we did last Read More

How Does Rental Income Factor Into Child Support?

Okay, you’ve been ordered to pay child support after your divorce or separation. We know nobody wants to make these payments, but it’s a reality of your situation. The money, ideally, will be spent on raising your child in the best circumstances possible. So, let’s focus on how these payments will be determined as you’ve already been told you’ll be responsible for making them. In Virginia, when the courts determine Read More