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Virginia is home to over 10,000 miles of shoreline and many thousands of acres of water comprised of a large variety of differing types of waterbodies.  As a result, Virginia is also home to thousands of dams both public and private.  In fact, in 2018 there were over two thousand state-regulated dams in the Commonwealth.[1]  As will be explained below, this number does not include a great many dams which are excluded from state regulation, so the actual number of...
Are Prenuptial Agreements valid and enforceable in Virginia? The short answer is: Yes, upon marriage. It is important to recognize the value of a Prenuptial Agreement.  A Prenup is often perceived as an instrument that facilitates or encourages divorce. The true intention of a Prenuptial Agreement is to minimize conflict during the marriage and to avoid litigation and intrusion into their lives due to the unexpected event of divorce or death. This contract between...
If you have watched any college sports during the 2021-2022 season, then you probably have heard the term “Name, Image, Likeness” (“NIL”) on repeat. But what is all the hype around NIL in college sports and why now? Before the 2021-2022 season, college athletes could get severely punished for receiving compensation in connection with use of their NIL. For example, college athletes could have an award revoked, program wins could be vacated, or the athlete could become...
In Virginia, a spouse who decides to get divorced has a decision to make. Should they file for divorce based on fault grounds or no-fault separation grounds? This article will offer a “Virginia Divorce 101” overview on fault and no-fault grounds for divorce, the procedural difference between uncontested and contested divorces, and the advantages of uncontested divorce in terms of time and cost. Fault Grounds and No-Fault Grounds FOR Divorce  In Virginia, a divorce...
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