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Divorce and the Holidays

The holiday seasons can increase stress on a strained marriage, and the hopefulness of a new year can be an unhappy spouse's a way out. During the holiday season, there is a spike in divorce filings and online searches for a divorce attorney.

5 Most Common Family Law Issues During the Holiday Season

The most common family law issues that come up over the holidays include proposing, eloping, divorce, child custody, and grandparent visitations. In this blog, we are going to touch base on some of these topics, but if you would like more information, contact one of our attorneys today.

Grounds for Divorce

In order to file for divorce in West Virginia, a couple must first establish grounds (or reasons) for getting divorced. In order to have a ground, the couple must prove that ground. A spouse only needs to prove one ground in order to have the divorce granted.

Divorce: The Grounds

In order to be divorced in West Virginia, the couple must first establish the ground, or reasons, for the divorce. In order to decide on a ground, the couple must prove that ground. A spouse in the marriage only needs to prove one ground in order to have the divorce granted.

What can the judge decide during the divorce process?

During a divorce in West Virginia, the family court judge decides the divorce. West Virginia has 35 family court judges in 26 family court circuits. The judge depends on where the divorce is filed. The judge can decide on property, debts, alimony, child custody, and child support in a divorce.

Divorce: The Basics

In order to obtain a divorce in West Virginia, certain elements must be met. A couple seeking a divorce in West Virginia must have been married in West Virginia and at least one of the spouses must continue to reside in West Virginia. Alternatively, a couple seeking a divorce in West Virginia can obtain a divorce in the state if the couple has resided with the state for at least 12 months.

New study highlights disconnect between parents and kids during divorce

A recent survey highlights how divorce impacts children. The study by U.K. parenting site netmums.com, surveyed 1,000 parents and 100 children separately about divorce. Of those surveyed, thirty-nine percent of children said they hide their feelings about the divorce from their parents. Twenty percent said that they can't communicate their feelings about the divorce with their parents because the parents were too "wrapped up in themselves." While fourteen percent said they felt as if they couldn't be honest with their parents about how upset they felt.

Desertion as a Ground for Divorce in West Virginia

In West Virginia, there a multiple grounds for obtaining a divorce. Willful desertion or abandonment for six months is a ground for divorce from marriage in West Virginia. Desertion in divorce law is the voluntary separation of one of the married parties from the other. Desertion can also be the voluntary refusal to renew a suspended cohabitation of the parties.

The Top 3 Questions Kids Have in a Divorce and How to Answer Them

One of the more difficult moments in a divorce is telling your children. While it is recommended that parents tell their children about the divorce together, sometimes one parent decides to tell the children his or her story alone.

Adultery as a Grounds for Divorce in West Virginia

In West Virginia, there are several grounds for a divorce.  These grounds include adultery, cruelty, desertion, separation, felony conviction, habitual drunkenness, additction to the habitual use of any narcotic or dangerous drug, permanent and incurable insanity, abuse or neglect of a child of the parties or of one of the parties to the divorce, and irreconcilable differences.

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