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Consideration Of Nonmonetary Contributions In A Divorce

Virginia Code §10-107.3(E) mandates the Court to consider both monetary and nonmonetary contributions performed by each spouse during the marriage when dividing the parties marital assets and debts. The following is a list of some of the nonmonetary contributions you may have made during the marriage:

Household Children Spouse
Shopping for, planning and cooking meals Getting up in the middle of the night Career advising, entertaining colleagues and promoting spouse’s career
Cleaning and maintaining home Changing their diapers Prepare breakfast, meals
Set up, serve and cleanup after meals Bathing and brushing teeth (personal hygiene) Hosting family get-togethers and events
Laundry for the family Child-care and counseling Taking care of and managing the household
Decorating for the holidays Read books, purchase and play educational toys, teacher Encouraging and supporting spouse
Shopping and cooking special meals for the holidays Arrange, host, take children to play dates Purchase gifts for birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc.
Planning, shopping and hosting family events/parties Primary care-taker of the children; child-rearing Give spouse massages when tense
Organizing BBQ’s and other events with friends and neighbors Plan, schedule and attend extracurricular activities Schedule doctor appointments
Preparing a budget, financial planning, paying bills for the family Plan, schedule and attend school activities, sports Medical care and nurturing when ill
Vacation planning, running errands for the family Help with homework and school projects Managing their domestic and social life
Scheduling repair workers Prepare children breakfast and pack them lunches Care for in-laws
Gardening, lawn care and general maintenance Plan weekend activities
Purchase and maintenance of family vehicles Purchase clothes, toys and everyday needs
Purchase a home Schedule and take children to doctor appointments, medical care and nurturing when ill
Religious guidance and family counseling

The foregoing is only a sampling of the many, non-monetary contributions performed daily in most marriages.

Our team of lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants at The Duff Law Firm are committed to providing the highest quality of legal services, working for you to bring the best possible result for you and your family. If you have any questions regarding the monetary and nonmonetary contributions in a marriage, please contact an attorney at The Duff Law Firm and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

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