33rd Annual Family Law: Negotiating, Drafting, Attacking, and Defending Marital Agreements Seminar Materials

Publication Date: October 2014
Available Formats: searchable PDF via download
Pages: 206

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Topics Covered:

  • Update on the Law
  • Nonmarital, Premarital and Reconciliation Agreements
  • Navigating the High Conflict Divorce
  • Attacking and Defending Virginia Marital Agreements

This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from an October 2014 seminar cosponsored with the Family Law Section of The Virginia Bar Association.


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Table of Contents

I. Update on the Law

I. INTRODUCTION

II. PROCEDURAL ISSUES

III. SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE
    A. DETERMINATION
    B. MODIFICATION
    C. SUPPORT TERMINATION EVENTS AND
    COHABITATION ANALOGOUS TO MARRIAGE
    
IV. MISCELLANEOUS
    A. PROTECTIVE ORDERS
    B. ATTORNEY’S FEES
    C. INFANT NAME CHANGE

V. PREMARITAL AND PROPERTY SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS
    A. VALIDITY
    B. INTERPRETATION

VI. EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION
    A. CLASSIFICATION
    B. VALUATION
    C. DIVISION OF ASSETS
    D. ENFORCEMENT

VII. CHILD SUPPORT
    A. DETERMINATION OF AWARD/ARREARAGES
    B. MODIFICATION
    C. COLLEGE EXPENSES/PRIVATE SCHOOLING/ACTIVITIES
    D. RETROACTIVITY OF SUPPORT AWARDS

VIII. CUSTODY AND VISITATION
    A. DETERMINATION OF CUSTODY / VISITATION
    B. MODIFICATION OF CUSTODY / VISITATION
    C. ADOPTION, STEP PARENT, GRANDPARENT, OR OTHER
    FAMILY MEMBER VISITATION / CUSTODY

IX. PARENTAL RIGHTS
    A. TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS /
    FOSTER CARE / FINDINGS OF ABUSE & NEGLECT

ADDENDUM

II. Nonmarital, Premarital and Reconciliation Agreements

III. Navigating the High Conflict Divorce

VI. Attacking and Defending VA Marital Agreements

I. Background, History and Terminology
    A. Resources
    B. Antenuptial Agreements
    C. Midnuptial Agreements
    D. Marital Settlement Agreements (MSAs)
    E. Marital Agreements

II. Formalities
    A. Writing Requirement
    B. Agreements Reached In Open Court
    C. Consideration Not Required

III. Validity
    A. Choice of Law
    B. Premarital Agreements Drafted Before July 1, 1986
    C. MSAs Drafted Before July 1, 1986
    D. Marital Agreements Drafted On or After July 1, 1986
        1. Statutory Text
        2. The First Defense: Involuntariness
        3. The Second Defense: Unconscionability
        4. The Second Defense: ... And Something Else?
    E. Reconciliation
    F. Abandonment
    G. Modification

Authors

Edward D. Barnes

Craig W. Sampson

Erik D. Baines

David D. Masterman

Brian M. Hirsch

Brett R. Turner

Laura W. Morgan

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