How Relocating Could Impact Your Custody Case

When a couple has a child and goes through a divorce or separation in Virginia, the ensuing custody battle creates serious challenges for everyone involved. Generally, not everyone involved will be able to get what they want and oftentimes nobody gets the result they want out of the situation. What’s important to remember is that custody battles don’t end just because the court enters a custody and visitation order. Read More

Custody and Visitation Rights for Grandparents in Virginia

At Rinehart Bryant, we understand no one family looks the same. Families take many different forms, and this can create different challenges when it comes to determining who does or doesn’t have custody or visitation rights with children. Virginia law does not specifically provide grandparents with custody or visitation rights upfront. Instead, the law allows a “person of legitimate interest” to petition for these Read More

Challenges Remain for LGBTQ Couples in Virginia

It’s been nearly seven years since the Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage. For the most part, this gave all couples the same rights and protections throughout the U.S., including in Virginia. However, same-sex couples still face discrimination and other challenges when starting and planning a family.Marital timeline Same-sex couples have been dating, living together, and committing to each Read More

Are You Suspicious of Your Spouse in Virginia?

Virginia is for lovers. Marriage is for lovers. In Virginia, sometimes people get involved with lovers who they aren’t married to. Their spouse isn’t so happy. If you’ve been noticing that your spouse smells different, has all of a sudden become obsessed with the gym and/or recently became overly protective of their phone, a new law makes it easier than in the past to prove the grounds of adultery in Virginia Read More

Who Gets To Claim the Child’s Tax Credit?

You know what they say: in life, only two things are certain - death and taxes. Taxes are, of course, an important part of a divorce, especially for married couples with children. When filing taxes, parents receive a Child Tax Credit, providing financial relief for the financial burden of raising children. When parents are divorced, only one of them will receive the Credit. So who gets it, and why? The Child Tax Read More

3 Types of Protective Orders in Virginia

Protective Orders are legal orders issued by a Judge to protect the health and safety of someone who has been abused or who has been threatened in a way that would lead a person to be concerned about future abuse. When you are in danger, timely obtaining a Protective Order is of the highest importance. The entry of a Protective Order can restrict the abusive party from being physically near the victim or interacting Read More

4 Tips For Divorced Parents in the Holiday Season

The holidays can be wonderful and magical for children, but stressful and frantic for adults. Divorced parents often say that the biggest adjustment at first was being spread across two households for the holidays. While it is easy to focus on how different things are, the most important thing is to focus on making your children happy and enjoying the time you get to spend with them. When it comes to the holiday Read More

The Benefits of Mediation in Your Virginia Divorce

There are many decisions that must be made in a divorce. Who gets to keep the house? Who gets to keep the car? How are the bank accounts divided? Is there alimony due? If there are children involved, who gets custody of them? Is there child support owed? Sometimes, there are even disputes over who gets to keep the family pets. If a couple cannot come to a decision amongst themselves on these issues, they will Read More

What Does Legal Separation Mean in Virginia?

To file for divorce in Virginia, you have to file under specific “grounds.” We cover the grounds in our Free Resource, Where Do I Start With a Virginia Divorce? Under certain grounds, when you are proving that one party is at fault in the divorce, you can file immediately. This applies to situations where one spouse has been deserted by the other (abandonment/desertion) or has to leave to protect their own safety Read More

What the New Spousal Support Tax Laws Mean for You

Spousal support laws have remained static for decades - until recently. Spousal support payments, also known as alimony, are regularly paid by a higher-earning spouse to their lesser-earning partner following a divorce. The purpose of alimony is to allow spouses who earn less money to still live the lifestyle they were accustomed to during their marriage. In 2019, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts significantly altered the Read More