Family legislation done for the year; 33 related bills enacted, relig freedom & weps stay vetoed

Here's how family law bills passed by both houses of Virginia's General Assembly stand on March 27. The governor's vetoes and changes will be dealt with when the Assembly reconvenes on April 5.

Governor Vetoed or Requests Changes:

 Died in or after Conference Committee:

Signed by Governor, Becoming Law Effective July 1:




 Elder Law/Probate


Women's Liberation

Oregon "first lady" green-card marriage scam enabled by quick unilateral no-fault divorce

Just sayin'. We get a lot of these green-card marriages here in the DC area, and they would hardly be conceiveable without laws that make people assume - - often mistakenly - - that divorce will be easy and will automatically be granted when either spouse asks for it. These marriages cannot qualify for annulments unless one spouse can show that they were truly innocent, believed in the marriage, and were defrauded by the foreign suitor. Divorces in such marriages might be easy or might be ugly, hard and expensive: one never knows at the beginning, since it takes two to have an amicable divorce.

Oregon First Lady Married for Cash, but Don’t Expect Prosecution

By Tim Mak in The Daily Beast, 10/10/14

Federal gov't to give "equal protection" to gay marriages in all its dealings

This will apply to all marriages that were legal where performed, even if not recognized by the state the couple lives in. Examples of situations where it would apply include retirement benefits, survivor compensation, spousal privilege against testifying in court proceedings, conjugal visits in prisons and hospitals, and bankruptcy. The Justice Department will give further details in a policy memorandum to be released Monday, Feb. 10.

Justice Department to give married same-sex couples equal protection

By , Washington Post 2/8/14