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December 2016 Archives

Man can sue for return of engagement ring, Virginia Supreme Court rules

The Virginia case of McGrath v. Dockendorf, ruled that a man may recover an engagement ring following a break off of the engagement. Virginia did have the policy that the engagement ring could be returned under the common law of conditional gifts. However this case proceeded under the concept of detinue.

Contemplating, or in a divorce: Guidelines for using social media and texts

If you are thinking about a divorce, or going through one, you need to be careful with what you do and say online. More than one-third of divorce attorneys rely heavily on social media for evidence in divorce cases, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and more than 60 percent of online evidence in divorces comes from Facebook alone. And, about 99 percent have used text messages in divorce cases.

Could your spouse be hiding assets in advance of your divorce?

Your divorce started out amicably, or so you thought. But you're starting to feel concerned about your financial situation. Perhaps your spouse has started to spend more money, there are unexplained purchases or your combined income has started to drop for no apparent reason.

Conflict, Protective Orders, and Attempts to Dismiss

The Utah Court of Appeals has issued another decision supporting the denial of a motion to dismiss a protective order. The case is Card v. Card, and reviews the entire process involved in an attempt to dismiss a protective order, the various factual requirements involved, and the legal standards to be applied.

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