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January 2015 Archives

What is necessary to determine child custody in Virginia?

One frequent issue that arises when a couple that shares a child decides to part ways or was never together as a couple in the first place is to determine child custody and visitation rights. The state of Virginia takes issues with children very seriously, and the best interests of the child are paramount when the living arrangements are made. One parent might be given full custody, the parents can have joint custody or someone other than a parent might be given custody.

How Virginia deals with child support enforcement

When parents in Virginia part ways, one parent will likely receive custody of the child or children. Often, the other parent will be asked to pay for the child's upkeep and care with child support payments. This is detailed in the support agreement. However, there are instances in which the supporting parent doesn't keep up with the payments, and it is necessary for the state to pursue him or her to get their payments up to date. Child support enforcement has many ways in which it will go about getting the parent to pay.

What are the steps to getting a divorce in Virginia?

When a couple in Fairfax County and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia decides that they can no longer stay together and that a divorce is the best option, there are certain facts they must understand as they move forward with the end of a marriage. Keeping various divorce legal issues in mind can avoid a long and difficult dispute when ending the union. Before anything else, it's important to know the divorce procedures of the state.

When can there be a child support modification?

When a couple in Virginia shares a child, one parent is likely to be ordered to make monthly payments to the custodial parent to support the child. The amount that will be paid depends on numerous factors when the agreement is made. In some instances, the circumstances will change and one parent will request a child support modification. When this happens, there are reasons that must be in place for there to be an adjustment for either the supporting or the custodial parent.

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