Charlottesville divorce and child support lawyer rob hagy: Agreeing to relinquish your parent rights in return for not paying child support is not as simple as you think.
Read this article on my Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer blog to see how futile a Texas father's efforts were and what the results were in his case. He could have avoided this request by just making a little more effort and taking a few more steps, but he was far too trusting of his wife's attorney how failed to complete the work that needed to be done.
-Rob Hagy. For help with your child support issues, please contact me at (434)293-4562 or email me at rob@robhag
Charlottesville Divorce and Equitable Distribution Lawyer Rob Hagy: Court's Equitable Distribution Award Reversed.
In the case of Hughes v. Hughes, the Virginia Court of Appeals, in an unpublished opinion, ruled that the trial court erred and reversed the trial court's equitable distribution award and remanded the case for the trial court to reconsider the equitable distribution of the parties’ property and debt. Wife was granted a divorce from husband in 2010. When the parties separated, they had significant joint debts, in the form of mortgages and a home equity line of credit (HELOC), encumbering the marital residence. Much of the debt was used to finance a business run by both parties during the marriage. Husband continues to operate this business. Shortly after the divorce proceedings began, and before the trial court addressed equitable distribution, husband filed for bankruptcy. Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 362, the court stayed the equitable distribution hearing during the bankruptcy proceedings. In bankruptcy, husband discharged his obligations to the creditors who held the mortgage and home equity line, leaving wife solely responsible for the entire obligation to their third-party creditors. After a hearing on equitable distribution, the trial court granted wife the marital residence and granted husband possession and control of the business. In granting wife the marital residence, the trial court noted that it “has no value in excess of the liens currently against it,” i.e., the marital residence had a negative equity. The trial court stated that the negative equity was in the amount of $100,000 to $150,000. However, when the trial court specifically turned to the issue of debt, it apportioned only two credit card debts. The trial court properly classified the marital residence as marital property and properly valued the marital residence. However, the trial court failed to properly account for or apportion the mortgage loan or the HELOC. Further, it failed to take into account the negative equity in the marital residence in arriving at its equitable distribution award. “[T]o the extent that a valid indebtedness which is secured creates an encumbrance on the legal title, that indebtedness must be considered by the trial court in determining the value of the marital property for purposes of determining the amount of the monetary award.” Trivett v. Trivett, 7 Va. App. 148, 151, 371 S.E.2d 560, 562 (1988). At the time of the equitable distribution award, the marital residence was encumbered by the mortgage and HELOC. The trial court failed to consider these encumbrances in determining the value of the marital property and the apportionment of marital debt. Therefore, the trial court misapplied the statutory mandate contained in Code § 20-107.3 and, in doing so, abused its discretion.
--Rob Hagy, Charlottesville Divorce and Equitable Distribution Lawyer. For help with your property or debt distribution issues, please contact me at (434)293-4562 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer Rob Hagy: court deviates from child support guidelines and awards mother $1,000.00 Per Month In Child Support.
In the case of Bokassa v. Bokassa, the Virginia Court of Appeals, in an unpublished opinion, ruled that the trial court did not err when it ordered father to pay mother $1,000.00 in child support. Mother and father never married, have two children, and share physical custody of the children. Mother filed a request for child support. The juvenile and domestic relations district court entered an order requiring father to pay mother child support, and father appealed to the circuit court. On November 19, 2012, the circuit court held a hearing on the matter. According to the written statement of facts, mother testified she was not employed and received $1,000 per month in child support from father. According to the written statement of facts, the circuit court determined father’s gross income, gave father credit for support payments for a child from another relationship, and gave father credit for the health insurance he pays for the children.According to the final order, the circuit court considered all the factors in Code § 20-108.2(D) and deviated from the shared custody guidelines due to mother’s “poverty level.” The circuit court ordered father to pay “only” $1,000 per month because that was the amount mother requested. Based upon a review of the circumstances in this case, the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in deviating from the shared custody guidelines in determining the amount of child support and in ordering father to pay mother $1,000 per month in child support.
-Rob Hagy, Charlottesville Child Support Lawyer. For help with your child support questions, please contact me at (434)293-4562 or email me at email@example.com for assistance.
Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer Rob Hagy Attends Virginia Trial Lawyer Association's 2013 Family Law Seminar titled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Child and Spousal Support".
I spent yesterday attending the Virginia Trial Lawyer Association's 2013 Family Law Seminar titled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Child and Spousal Support". I learned a lot that I'm eager to share with my clients!
-Rob Hagy, Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer. For help with your child and spousal support needs, please contact me at (434)293-4562 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlottesville spousal support lawyer: wife property awarded $2,150.00 per month in spousal support.
In the case of Patterson v. Patterson, the Virginia Court of Appeals, in an unpublished opinion, ruled that a wife was entitled to $2,150.00 per month in spousal support. The parties had been married for twenty-six years and that three children were born of the marriage. Further, the husband was in good physical condition. The wife's physical condition was deteriorating. She had been diagnosed with lymphoma, lupus, and diabetes. During the marriage, both parties worked, although husband was the "primary breadwinner" and wife was the "primary caretaker of the children." Both parties contributed one hundred percent of their activities and energies, both monetary and non-monetary, to the marriage and the well being of their family throughout the majority of their marriage. Wife's physical condition limits her employment skills in the future. Wife showed a need for spousal support and husband has shown an ability to provide it. The trial court properly deemed some of husband's monthly expenses as excessive. The court disregarded the husband's recreation and charitable donations. The court disregarded the money he pays his adult daughter and
the excessive expenses he listed for automobile costs. The court also properly reduced the excessive monthly debt payments the husband claims he makes.
Husband also asserts that the trial court should have considered wife’s earning capacity; however, husband presented no evidence as to what wife may have been
able to earn. To the contrary, the evidence was that wife was on permanent
disability and unable to work.
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Interesting article today from U.S. News and World Report.
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Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer: ex-boyfriend convicted properly convicted of a felony protective order violation.
Extraordinarily scary facts in this case. The victim is lucky to be alive.
-Rob Hagy, Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer. For help with issues like these, please call me a (434)293-4562 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In May of 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted a rule of civil procedure eliminating parenting coordinators
because the appointment of such individuals to make decisions or recommendations or alter a custody order in child custody cases constituted an improper delegation of judicial decision making authority. View the law.com article here for the complete story.
There may be room for a similar argument to be made in Virginia. Occasionally judges will permit guardians ad litem to set visitation schedules while cases are pending. This also seems to be an improper delegation of judicial decision making authority.
-Rob Hagy, Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer. For help with questions
about guardians ad litem, please contact me at (434)293-4562 or by emailing me
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-Rob Hagy, Charlottesville Divorce Lawyer.
I am a divorce and domestic relations attorney located in Charlottesville, Virginia. I practice in all of the cities and counties making up Central Virginia (Charlottesville, Albemarle, Buckingham, Greene, Fluvanna, Orange, Louisa, Goochland, Nelson). I also appear in Waynesboro, Stanton, Augusta, Harrisonburg, Amherst and Lynchburg. I am also available to consult or appear with clients throughout the rest of Commonwealth of Virginia and even other states if their rules permit my appearance.