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Child custody cases can be difficult for parents and children

Child custody cases are difficult to deal with for everyone involved. When the case is contentious, you have to make sure that you are prepared for what is going on so that you can react appropriately.

One thing that you have to realize is that the court will consider specific factors if you aren't able to come to an agreement with your child's other parent about certain matters. Knowing about these before it is time for your child custody trial will be greatly advantageous.

Get ready for a divorce trial if mediation doesn't work

A divorce case can be resolved in a couple of different ways. One of these is through mediation, but mediation doesn't always work. In that case, you will go through a family law trial. This means that you have to get ready.

When you are preparing for divorce court, you have to think carefully about what is going to happen. You don't need to try to fly by the seat of your pants. Instead, you need to make a plan based on the circumstances of your case. One thing that you need to think about is your behavior while you are in court.

When your neighbor builds or plants over the property line

Robert Frost famously disparaged the idea that "good fences make good neighbors." Unfortunately, that kind of idealism can result in one person taking advantage of neighbors. In some cases, a solid fence or boundary line is important to maintain neighborly relationships. If one neighbor decides to plant or build on or over a property line, it can cause serious issues. If the person whose property was violated doesn't take steps, the law may eventually allow for the person violating the property lines to have the boundaries adjusted. If your neighbor has overstepped that line, you need to take action.

An attorney who understands Virginia real estate law can help you with boundary and property disputes. The longer you let things stand, the harder it may be to win in court. As soon as you realize that your neighbor has overstepped the property boundary, you need to take steps to legally address the situation. The longer the fence or other building stands uncontested, the more likely that the courts will uphold the claim of adverse possession. In these cases, your neighbor could legally obtain property that once belonged to you if you fail to take action in a timely manner.

How should I prepare for summer child custody?

As the warmer months approach, they signal that summer vacations are near. If you and your ex have a child custody agreement governing what happens with your children, you need to prepare now if you plan on taking any trips during the summer months.

There are some specific things you need to check and determine before you make any plans or reservations. Thinking about these now can help to ensure that your summer plans go as smoothly as possible.

Attitudes Surrounding Drug Laws Are Changing

Many people went through the DARE program while they were in grade school. In this program, students were taught certain aspects of drug laws that were taken as gospel at the time. They may have learned that drug convictions led to a significant amount of jail time and stiff financial penalties. They may have also been taught that marijuana is a gateway drug and that the side effects of many of these drugs could result in death.

Recently, public attitudes regarding many drugs, specifically marijuana, have changed. Fortunately, the criminal justice system may also, slowly but surely, be catching up with this important development. 

Marital property must be valuated fairly in divorce

When dividing up valuable assets during a divorce, couples must make sure that they get the correct valuations for all of their marital property. Some, such as real estate, is fairly simple to assess value. Other significant assets can be more complex. Often, timing is key to achieving the optimum value for negotiation purposes.

The valuation date is the specific time when each asset is assigned a monetary value. This date can matter a great deal when in the midst of a divorce. For instance, consider how the stock market crash only a few years ago affected the value of stocks, money market accounts and other investments. A valuation date during that time could spell disaster.

Have private-sector tech employees become paid FBI informants?

Generally speaking, government agencies (including police and federal law enforcement agencies) are required to obtain a search warrant before conducting a search of an individual's private property. When evidence is obtained without a warrant, it could be suppressed at trial.

But there are gray areas when it comes to how the existence of illegal material is brought to the attention of law enforcement agencies. Back when photo film needed to be developed, for instance, photo mats would often coordinate with law enforcement if they happened to come across pictures that were potentially child pornography. In the digital age, the relationship between private companies and law enforcement agencies has become significantly more complicated.

Embracing your business passion after age 60

Crossing the 60-year-old threshold puts you either into retirement age or close to it. However, cashing a Social Security check or retirement package doesn't mean you're ready for a permanent vacation. On the contrary, seniors are among the most active people in Virginia, and this financial freedom could open you to the challenge of starting a business venture.

While you may have been working hard to pay the mortgage and provide for a family much of your life, this is your time. Few things are as satisfying as doing personally rewarding work, and maybe this is the time to open that business you've been dreaming about.

Minimizing the Financial Consequences of Divorce over 50

The number of divorces involving Americans over 50 has increased dramatically over the last few decades; indeed, statistics regularly suggest that since 1990, the divorce rate for Americans between 55 and 64 has doubled and it has tripled for those 65 and older.

Beyond any emotional and personal difficulties that divorce near or after retirement can cause, the financial effects of divorce over 50 can be devastating. If you are faced with this situation, there are a few key steps you can take to reduce the financial impact of your divorce settlement.

Reckless Driving in Virginia

The state of Virginia has some of the most severe traffic laws in the nation. If you have received a ticket for reckless driving, you have technically been charged with a crime. It is important that you carefully consider what your next steps will be.

What is Reckless Driving?

The most common forms of reckless driving in Virginia are speeding at 80 miles per hour and speeding at least 20 miles over the posted speed limit. However, Virginia law also considers a variety of other driving behaviors as reckless driving:

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