Virginia State Bar

An agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia

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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Recent Publications

Children and Divorce
This publication explains that a divorce decree cannot and does not end parenting responsibilities. It explains that parents are forever, and offers some guidelines for parents in minimizing the effects of divorce on their children. Also offering visitation guidelines that may be helpful to children and parents alike, this brochure is an excellent leaving piece for those struggling with divorce.

Los Hijos y el Divorcio
With funding from the Virginia Law Foundation, Children and Divorce has been translated into Spanish and is available as a pamphlet titled Los Hijos y el Divorcio. The Spanish version of Children and Divorce, this publication explains that a divorce decree cannot and does not end parenting responsibilities. It explains that parents are forever, and offers some guidelines for parents in minimizing the effects of divorce on their children. Also offering visitation guidelines that may be helpful to children and parents alike, this brochure is an excellent leaving piece for those struggling with divorce.

Marriage in Virginia
Marriage is the most significant legally recognized and sanctioned human relationship. It carries with it numerous rights and responsibilities. This pamphlet discusses the legalities of marriage in Virginia, including name change, debt, property rights, and insurance, powers of attorney, and support obligations. Its purpose is to provide answers to some questions about the law in Virginia with respect to marriage and related areas.

Divorce in Virginia
Every state jurisdiction has its own set of rules and regulations for adjusting marriage, that most fundamental of relationships. To adjust this relationship with divorce in Virginia requires grounds that present a cause of action for dissolving a marriage. This brochure outlines the grounds for both breach of the marriage obligation and the no-fault grounds for divorce in Virginia. Requirements for each are clearly set out to communicate how marriages may be dissolved in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Spare the Child
This publication describes the dilemma for children when parents don’t get along with one another, particularly in the event of divorce. Clarifying the many emotional and pragmatic problems children must deal with, it makes parents aware that the problems of their marriage ought to be handled without putting the children in the middle. “Spare the Child? also has an accompanying video created by the Virginia State Bar in conjunction with the Virginia Courts to assist parents in handling visitation, custody and child support issues with the best interests of the child in mind.

Financial Issues in Divorce
A very comprehensive approach to financial issues surrounding divorce, this publication was drafted by top divorce attorneys in Virginia and was funded in part by the Virginia Law Foundation. It considers all financial matters that arise in the event of divorce including spousal support, property distribution, insurance matters, and tax concerns.

Pamphlets may be ordered through the Publications Department of the Virginia State Bar.