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Can Virginia police lie during interrogation?

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on multiple occasions that police officers' duty to uncover criminal behavior can include lying to those being questioned. This is a primary reason that anyone speaking to Virginia police about potential criminal activity should say as...

How are retirement accounts divided in a divorce?

If you are getting a divorce, you might need to divide one or more retirement accounts. This can be a complex process. Since Virginia is an equitable distribution state, these accounts might not be divided 50/50. The value of the plan First, you need to consider how...

Should you live with your spouse before marriage?

It's tempting to think that living with your partner prior to getting married may increase your chances of avoiding divorce. However, statistically speaking, Virginia couples who cohabitate may actually be more likely to divorce a year after their weddings take place....

Can financial disagreements lead to divorce?

A surprising 48% of married or cohabitating Americans say that they argue about money. Most money-related arguments are about spending habits. About 60% of people say that their partners either spend too much money or are too frugal. Couples may also argue about how...

What is the purpose of a preliminary hearing?

When a criminal complaint has been filed by a prosecutor, a preliminary hearing is scheduled to determine if there's enough evidence available to go to trial in Virginia. During the hearing, you can expect witnesses to take the stand. The defense may cross-examine...

Do grandparents have visitation rights?

If a child in Virginia has abusive or neglectful parents, it might be better for their grandparents to take over. Many grandparents are willing to raise their grandchildren in a safe, loving environment. Unfortunately, grandparents who want custody of their...

What are the signs of nursing home neglect?

When some places their parent into a nursing home, they decide to do so out of love and care. This compassion is what makes it so necessary to be sure that a parent is safe in the nursing home they live in. More than 15% of elderly adults suffer some form of abuse. As...

What does child support cover?

Separated clients with children often come to us with somewhat similar questions regarding child support: Does child support cover extracurriculars or sports? What about school supplies or private tuition? How about daycare costs or summer camps? The question...

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