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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Virginia on
Q: I want a divorce. We have 2 children together. What is the first step? He owns his own business and I don't want debit
Lisa Mathews
Lisa Mathews answered on Sep 23, 2021

You should hire a lawyer. Since you have children, it is going to be important to create a custody arrangement, establish child support, and even though you say you don't want anything from his business, a lawyer can advise you on the consequences of this decision. You want to make sure that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Virginia on
Q: I'm writing my will. Is there a minimum requirement or a percentage that a former spouse is to receive after death?

I live in VA. I also have a son with my former spouse. She is receiving spousal and child support.

Lisa Mathews
Lisa Mathews answered on Dec 3, 2019


There is no requirement that you include a former spouse in a will in Virginia.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Virginia on
Q: He bought the house before we got married. Of the 10 years he's owned it, we were married 3 years. Am I owed equity?

I have a property division question. He bought the house before we got married. Of the 10 years he's owned it, we were married 3 years and I paid towards the mortgage during this time. I was never on the deed/mortgage, but it's documented that I paid the bills for the house and... Read more »

Lisa Mathews
Lisa Mathews answered on May 7, 2019

Yes, you are probably entitled to a value equal to some amount of equity in the house. In a Virginia equitable division of assets during a divorce, property is divided into three types: marital, separate and hybrid. Marital property is divided between the parties, separate property is left to the... Read more »

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