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When divorce and pregnancy coincide

Many Virginia residents may think there is no ideal time to get pregnant. However, timing may seem especially difficult if women realize they are pregnant after they and their spouse have decided to get a divorce. This situation can easily make divorce more complicated, and it is a good idea for women to consider all of their options during this time.

Once some women find out they are pregnant, they may want to rethink their divorce. Marriage.com says there are a few reasons why some couples may want to postpone a divorce during this time. Some people may decide to stay together because they want their child to have the stability of a two-parent home. Additionally, some couples may find that having a baby brings them closer together and helps them evaluate their marriage through new eyes. It is important for women to remember that pregnancy can be a strain on any relationship. Because of this, some women may not want to think about divorce until after the baby arrives so they can ensure they make the right choice for the right reason.

Mother of driver killed in collision sues Weather Channel

Storm chasers obtain dramatic footage of dangerous weather events like tornadoes for television viewers in Virginia and other areas of the country to marvel at. Critics, including viewers and journalists alike, have raised concerns over whether the risks of driving into the areas where dangerous storms occur justifies the results.

A year ago, two men working for the Weather Channel allegedly ran a stop sign while trying to get footage of a tornado in Texas and collided with another vehicle in a crash that killed both the storm chasers and the other driver. The mother of the other driver has now brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the Weather Channel, claiming that the network knew that the two other men had a history of reckless driving.

Top divorce tips for maintaining your financial security

Financial management is hardly ever simple, especially when your marriage ends. Untangling your money and assets from your spouse is a complex ordeal that can result in an upheaval of your finances. If you are not careful, a divorce can cause you a significant amount of money troubles.

Ending your marriage does not need to cause you an unnecessary amount of financial turmoil. By playing your cards right, you can save money and remain stable. Take notice of the following tips to keep your finances in check before, during and after divorce. 

What is an expert witness?

Your defense attorney in Virginia may enlist the assistance of an expert witness to support your case and assist the jury in making a decision. Either a prosecutor or a defense attorney may call an expert witness, and expert witnesses have participated in both criminal and civil proceedings. 

According to Cornell Law School, an expert witness may give testimony on matters beyond the understanding of an ordinary juror, but his or her testimony is not limited to such matters. What is important is that the subject matter lies within the area of expertise. To qualify as an expert witness, one must have knowledge, education and experience in a particular field that goes far beyond the general understanding that the typical layperson is likely to possess.

What does an easement mean for my property?

Some home purchases come with a surprise hidden in the deed. Most of the time, small contractual matters are no big deal for buyers in Virginia. However, you may understandably want to know how it affects you if you buy a home and later find out there is an easement attached to the property.

As SFGate explains, easements pertain to a certain area on a property that others may legally access, usually for maintenance or utility purposes. For example, your title may outline an easement in your side yard where underground power cables are located. This gives utility workers the right to access this area, as well as to dig or remove landscaping as needed to perform maintenance and repairs or to add or remove cable equipment. You may have a similar easement in the corner of your front yard, where a telephone pole is located. Utility workers should be allowed on this area of your property without your permission, even if you have a fence around the yard.

How long can law enforcement hold you after an arrest?

Getting arrested is upsetting regardless of the circumstances. One thing that you are sure to think about if you get arrested in Virginia is when you will get out. Fiction leads us to believe that law enforcement can only hold you for 24 hours before they must charge you with a crime or allow you in front of a judge to get bond. This is not accurate. Like many things in the movies, books and television shows, this is another creative license taken by writers.

Absolute Bail Bonds explains that the time period for which you can be held in jail without being charged or offered bond is up to 72 hours. If the prosecutor does not charge you with a crime during this time, law enforcement must let you go. Otherwise, if the prosecutor does charge you, you will go in front of a judge and get the chance at bond. Do note that the 72-hour time limit excludes weekends and holidays, so it is possible to spend five days in jail if you get arrested late on a Friday that has a holiday the following Monday.

Recognizing what makes a vehicle a lemon

Although most states have their own versions of lemon laws, it doesn’t stop some disreputable car dealers from selling vehicles that come with problems. Virginia residents should educate themselves on lemon laws, as well as how to check if a car might be a lemon before buying it. This can save them a great deal of hassle, as well as protect them from injury.

What exactly is a lemon? According to Esurance, the problems that define whether a car is a lemon include serious defects that impact a vehicle’s safety, value or usefulness. Minor problems or inconveniences, like a faulty air conditioner or window opener, wouldn’t necessarily count.

The difference between divorce and annulment

When someone wants to leave his or her partner, divorce will be the first option to come to mind. Everyone has heard of divorce, but annulment may also be a possibility when a married couple wants to separate. There may be circumstances where it would be more beneficial to pursue an annulment.

Although they both consist of the couple leaving each other, there are some key differences from a legal standpoint. Here are the differences a couple needs to know about to make an informed decision. 

Remove tripping hazards from a home

Many Virginia residents feel safe when they are at their homes. However, most falls occur at home and falls can sometimes result in serious injuries. It is important for people to go through their homes and make sure they identify places where someone might slip or trip so they can prevent these incidents before they happen.

People encounter tripping hazards in many areas of their home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one room where people might slip is the bathroom. People can easily slip and fall when they are in the shower or the bathtub, so it is a good idea to make sure there are non-slip mats on these floors. If people have an elderly relative who lives with them or visits often, they may also want to install grab bars near the toilet and in the tub so this loved one will be safe. A person might also trip and fall if there is too much clutter on the floor. It is important to pick up blankets, magazines and shoes so they are not in the way. People may also want to make sure they have clear walking paths in a room so no one trips on furniture. Additionally, rugs can be a slipping hazard if they are not secured to the floor. 

Reviewing your adoption checklist

Virginian parents who wish to adopt a child will have to be prepared for a somewhat rigorous process. While the steps of an adoption may vary depending on circumstances, it will almost always involve a lot of waiting, and a lot of evaluations and examinations.

FindLaw goes over the general requirements for adoption first. These may differ from state to state to some degree, but all states have these requirements as the baseline. Generally speaking, any single adult or married couple is eligible. In certain states, a single but married person can even adopt alone if they are legally separated from their spouse, or if their spouse is legally incompetent. 17 states have no further stipulations. LGBTQ couples are now allowed to adopt across the nation as well.

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