Video explaining what Equitable Distribution means in Virginia Divorce
A brief overview of equitable distribution of assets in divorce in Virginia. Equitable distribution is different than “equal” distribution which is used in other states. There are 3 classifications of property that need to be considered: marital property, separate property, and hybrid property. Check with an attorney before signing any agreements on assets and debts.
The idea of filing for divorce may be overwhelming. Naturally, people may worry about finances, children, and where to live. On top of that, the actual process of filing for divorce may seem daunting. Before moving forward, individuals should gather their thoughts and create an action plan to follow. Consulting a family law attorney may
Family Law Financial Issues: A Webinar for Financial, Tax, and Accounting Professionals
Joanna Foard, Senior Counsel, Family and Marital Law Legal information for accountants, financial advisors, and other professionals involved in the handling of finance in Virginia divorces.      
Webinar answering 20 common questions about divorce in Virginia
Joanna Foard, Senior Counsel, Family and Marital Law Joanna answers 20 of the most common questions have for her related to divorce in this one-hour webinar.  
In a recent case, the Eastern District of Virginia found an employer may be liable for defamation after making allegedly false statements to a former employee’s new employer. The employer stated the employee was fired for insubordination, was a disgruntled former employee, and might sabotage their products. The employee claimed the statements were false and
Divorces can be complicated and difficult and the idea of discussing divorce with your spouse may seem overwhelming. Having fully thought through the matter beforehand, being confident in the decision, and being prepared for the conversation can help make discussing divorce a little easier. Below are some tips to consider before broaching the subject with
When making custody or visitation decisions, courts will determine what is in the best interests of the child, based on multiple factors set out in the Virginia Code. Virginia law favors custody and visitation arrangements that allow both parents to be involved in the lives of their children. Child Custody In Virginia there are two
A recent case filed in the Western District of Virginia highlights the importance of employers creating written commission and bonus plans for applicable employees. Additionally, these plans need to be carefully drafted to ensure they are enforceable. In Morris v. Taylor Communications Secure & Customer Solutions, Inc., the court found that although there was a
Guide to Divorce in Virginia
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 3/9/2021 Getting divorced is no fun. If you have kids, it is worse. Husband or wife, young or old, talk to your friends who have gotten divorced and you will hear horror stories. But, you might also hear a few individuals jokingly say, “why is divorce so expensive.
The idea of filing for divorce may be overwhelming. Naturally, people may worry about finances, children, and where to live. On top of that, the actual process of filing for divorce may seem daunting. The process itself doesn’t always need to be complicated. Additionally, consulting a family law attorney may also help prepare individuals for
Whether you saw it coming or felt blindsided, being served with divorce paperwork can be the start of a difficult road. The divorce process can be complex and may seem overwhelming. If you’re not sure what to do next, the below list may provide some helpful guidance. Consult with a Family Law Attorney One of
Virginia Family Law Attorney Joanna Foard
General Counsel, P.C. is pleased to announce that we have convinced Joanna M. Foard  to relocate from sunny and warm Florida to join our legal team to build and lead a family law practice. As recently awarded by the Orlando Family Magazine (from where she recently relocated), she is an AWESOME ATTORNEY in the family law category.  Her 120 (and
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (“NDAA”) took some significant steps to help small businesses make the leap from subcontracting to becoming a Prime. Having been an in-house counsel at some small businesses and going through the struggle of identifying the best past performance reference, I understand just how important these rule
While establishing parental rights for married parents is usually straightforward, establishing rights of unmarried parents is not as clear cut. If you’re an unmarried parent in Virginia and are interested in establishing your child custody, visitation, or support rights, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help you protect your rights.
The standard is Enforced by Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), Applies to all employers covered by VOSH, Most requirements must be in place immediately, Training and infectious disease preparedness and response plan, if applicable, must be implemented by March 26, 2021 [Also look at the COVID Compliance Plan packages that make it easier and
In the absence of a federal standard, Virginia took action last year to create the nation’s first emergency temporary workplace safety and health requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective January 27, 2021, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam released Virginia’s a permanent standard replacing the temporary standard which has been in place since July 2020. The Permanent Standard has