Thursday, June 25, 2009

Legal Tip: Family Law Internet Forms (Family Law)

Internet Forms:

Generally speaking, in Virginia, be leery of forms from the Internet or using forms given to you by other people. The law in each state is different. Often Internet forms or "second hand" forms are not drafted to be specific to Virginia, even if they say they are. Additionally, the "boiler plate" language included in separation agreements has meaning and could lead to consequences down the road that may not be clear to you at the time you sign the Agreement.

Different "boiler plate" provisions apply in different situations. You should be sure that your separation agreement is legally tailored to meet your needs. Again, use of improper language in a separation agreement can lead to costly mistakes for the future.

As usual, every situation has exceptions.  Consult with a Charlottesville attorney to get the full details.

Laura B. Butler, Partner
Family Law Attorney
Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.
Charlottesville, Virginia

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