In the case of Bchara v. Bchara, the Virginia Court of Appeals recognized that a husband and wife could live separate and apart under the same roof. The inquiry for a particular separation is fact specific. The concept of a separation under the same roof is not universally accepted throughout...View More
A divorce in Virginia does not require the mutual consent of the spouses. Either spouse can file for a divorce from the other, and a judge will enter the divorce if the court has jurisdiction and the plaintiff introduces sufficient evidence in support of the grounds for divorce. In a divorce case...View More
A Warrant in Detinue is a pleading used in a Virginia General District Court or small claims court to recover specific personal property, or the value thereof. The Plaintiff has the burden of proving title and that such specific property in the possession or control of the Defendant, or was...View More
The reason for the question is that he passed away before the foreclosure. As I said, she waived all housing rights in the divorce agreement, but it seems as though she'll have a "foreclosure" on her record if we don't sort this out. My understanding is if she's susceptible... View More
If the mortgage loan and title to real property in Virginia is joint, then both spouses have rights and liabilities. If one spouse will receive the real property incident to a divorce, that spouse should be required to sell or refinance the property in order to remove the other spouse from his or...View More
A divorce can be obtained in Virginia without the mutual consent of the parties, provided the appropriate Circuit Court has jurisdiction. If a spouse wants to affect his or her spouse's property rights, the court must have personal jurisdiction over the defendant spouse, which requires some...View More
I have too much equity in my home for chapter 7. And I don’t want to lose my home. I am making payments on the mortgage and I’m up-to-date and will be able to remain up-to-date. I own one car with no loan. If I have to file bankruptcy, what are my options?
Yes, social security income and a pension count as regular income for eligibility for chapter 13 relief. You should meet with an experienced bankruptcy lawyer to discuss your options. In Virginia, real estate held in a tenancy by the entireties is exempt or protected from a creditor of either...View More
Been married since 2012, and the house has been our family home since. He never added me to the deed or loan claiming I couldn't be on them because we weren't married. I have paid into the mortgage for several years and i have paid for upgrades, repairs and maintenance. Utilities are in... View More
Equitable distribution is a 3 step process in Virginia. First, the judge classifies all property as marital, separate, or hybrid - a mix of marital and separate. The judge also classifies debt as marital or separate. Second, the judge gives a valuation to all items of marital and hybrid...View More
Judges have a great deal of discretion in how they run their courtroom. Some judges even change their minds during the course of a proceeding. If a litigant does not like how a judge rules in a particular case, the litigant can either object with reasons to create a record for appeal, if the...View More
If the spouses are unable to agree on the division of marital property, a judge sitting in equitable distribution incident to a divorce can divide marital property and allocate marital debt. The first step for the judge is to classify all property as separate, marital, or hybrid - a combination of...View More
The trustee or substitute trustee who sells real estate in Virginia at a foreclosure auction at the direction of the noteholder must account for the proceeds of the sale to the county or city Commissioner of Accounts in the jurisdiction where the property is located. The provisions of the deed of...View More
A Virginia Circuit Court judge sitting in an equitable distribution hearing has several options with respect to jointly owned real property. The judge can order the conveyance to either party, permit either party to buy out the other and order the assumption of indebtedness, or order the sale of...View More
Virginia Circuit Court judges use law clerks to review the uncontested divorce filings. The law clerks are typically relatively recent graduates of law schools, who work as clerks as their first job out of law school. They review the file before submitting it to a judge for his or her final...View More
Licensed real estate salespersons are typically independent contractors who act as agents on behalf of a licensed real estate broker. A broker may be entitled to a commission when it is the procuring cause of a sale of real estate. Commissions from the sale of real estate are paid to licensed...View More
The issue involves an HVAC company (AllTech) that performs HVAC and plumbing services on my condominium (Unit 304) and my neighbor’s (Unit 404) who lives directly above me. The issue is that AllTech failed to properly re-insert the condensation pipe into the drain when performing service on Unit... View More
Assuming the condominium unit is in Virginia, I don't understand why you would not report a claim to your hazard insurance company for damage to your unit. The insurance proceeds will be used to repair the damage to your unit. Your insurance company will be subrogated to your right's to...View More
The issue involves the HVAC company (XXXX) that performs HVAC and plumbing services on my condominium (Unit 304) and my neighbor’s (Unit 404) who lives directly above me. The issue is that AllTech failed to properly re-insert the condensation pipe into the drain when performing service on Unit... View More
Assuming your unit is in Virginia, I am not sure why you would hesitate to use your hazard insurance for a claim. Your insurance carrier will straighten it out, and use subrogation to recover from the party who is liable. Sure, there is likely common element damage as well, that should be covered...View More
My spouse & I have been separated for a year now, we have 1 minor child. We have a signed/notarized PSA and now my spouse wants to file for divorce now and not have the PSA included. The signed/notarized PSA states we sell the house and pay all outstanding bills with the equity. Spouse now... View More
A spouse served with a Complaint for Divorce in Virginia has 21 days to file a responsive pleading. Typically, if the defendant spouse did not agree to the allegations in the Complaint, the responsive pleading would be an Answer and Counterclaim, starting a contested divorce case.
Va is a majority rules state and 5/7 siblings have agreed that the property needs to be sold we are not allowed in it by opposing siblings and she prior to mother’s death isolated her until we took legal action
The personal representative of an estate is either an executor or an administrator. An executor is named in the will or an individual who qualifies for the role when the named executor declines or is unable to exercise that role, or the will fails to name an executor. The successor executor is an...View More
I have a question whether I should go on the title with her on the investment property or Is it better to stay off the title ? My intention is to protect our primary home and personal assest against any law suits we might face in the future on the rental property
A married couple buying an investment property in Virginia should consider several options for holding title. Most couples hold title to real property as tenants by the entirety with the common-law right of survivorship. The tenancy protects the property from the debts of either spouse alone,...View More
We made a gentlemans agreement with the owner to rent to own his property. We paid him $25k for down payment and as a show of good faith he wrote us a quit claim for 2 trailers on the land. He passed and now the estate is trying to evict us with refusal of any funds, but the beneficiary (his... View More
The wording of your description of the circumstances is not clear. Contracts can be verbal or implied through action. Verbal contracts can be written or oral. A trailer may be personal property or it may be part of real estate if attached and the title is changed. An estate acts through the...View More
Husband has been incarcerated for 3 years now and rarely contacts (holidays or wants money). No court papers have been filed regarding marriage or custody. Our house here is in his name only. He has no family here, but I have a few.
In the absence of a court order, both biological parents have equal rights to, and responsibilities for, their minor children. If the parents separate, either party may file a petition for a determination of custody, visitation, and child support. Once an order is in place, that controls until it...View More
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