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Division of Personal Property

When a couple gets divorced, one of the questions they have is, what happens to our stuff? How does that work? Parties have several options available to them in dividing personal property (private, movable property, i.e., not real estate) upon divorce. Parties may draft a Property Settlement Agreement (PSA), divvying up the assets contractually, usually […]

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Categories: Articles, Divorce

What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is a court Order directing an employer to segregate retirement accounts and award a spouse his or her share of the other’s retirement account – like a pension, 401(k), etc.  A QDRO is usually created simultaneously or shortly after entering the Final Divorce Decree, although your attorney may advise you […]

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Categories: Articles, Divorce

Women’s Injuries Discussed on Central Virginia Legal Aid Radio

From the broadcast: “Private attorney Colleen Quinn talks about women’s injuries, whether from assault, sexual assault, or rape, and explains how these cases are presented from initial evidence gathering to trial strategy.” Listen to the complete broadcast  »

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Why Pre-Nuptial Agreements Do Not Solve All Divorce Problems

Introduction Premarital agreements (also called antenuptial; prenuptial contracts; or “pre-nups”) are entered into by prospective spouses who wish to privately and contractually vary, limit or relinquish certain marital property and support rights that they would otherwise acquire by reason of their impending marriage. Whether a premarital agreement is necessary or even a good idea, is […]

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Categories: Divorce

New Quinn Presentation Available: “From Prosecution to Suit: Civil Recoveries for Criminal Acts”

From the course description: “When the unthinkable happens and someone becomes a victim of a rape, sexual assault or other crime of violence, justice is often sought through the criminal justice system.  However, there is another important side to seeking justice beyond criminal sanctions and penalties against a perpetrator: the civil remedies that may be […]

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Categories: News, Personal Injury

Quinn Presents on “Family Formation, Protection and Preservation for LGBT Families in Virginia”

Attorney Colleen M. Quinn presented in January 2013 a workshop on “Family Formation, Protection and Preservation for LGBT Families in Virginia” at the Equality Virginia’s Day of Action. Below is an excerpt found at http://www.gayrva.com/news-views/equality-virginias-day-of-action-get-constituents-close-to-legislators-photos-from-reception Hoang sat in on a workshop by Colleen Quinn, an attorney with Locke & Quinn. This workshop, “Family Formation, Protection […]

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Categories: Family Law, LGBT, News

Paralegal Carol Hassett Appears as Family Law Guest Speaker at University of Richmond

Recently, our paralegal Carol Hassett appeared as a guest speaker for the Family Law class at the University of Richmond. This is a core class in the Paralegal Studies program through the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. As an alumna of University of Richmond, Carol appreciates the opportunity to provide insight to those wanting […]

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Categories: Family Law, News

The Divorce Attorney’s Role

A divorce can be a stressful time for all parties, emotionally, financially and legally. There may be considerations of property division,  separation and settlement, child custody issues, motions to file, court fees to pay and appearances in court. Fortunately, attorneys at Locke and Quinn can help with all of these tough aspects of your divorce. […]

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Categories: Divorce

The “Fault” Divorce in Virginia

Besides the “No Fault” Divorce in Virginia, a couple also may get divorced on the grounds of “fault.” Typically the divorce papers can be filed as soon as the fault grounds come into existence. The various types of “fault” are as follows: 1. Adultery, Sodomy or Buggery. While adultery (cheating on a spouse by having […]

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Categories: Divorce

The “No Fault” Divorce In Virginia

In Virginia, like many other states, there does not have to be “fault” placed on one spouse in order to obtain a divorce. Instead, a couple may obtain a “no fault” divorce upon a showing that, for more than one year, the husband and wife both intended to and continuously lived separate and apart without […]

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Categories: Divorce
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