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April 2015 Archives

How child custody can affect the well-being of your child

In the United States, including Virginia, establishing child custody is done to protect the best interest of the child. Often, sole custody is granted to a parent when the other parent is considered unfit or violent. Allowing a child to be in the presence of a violent parent can lead to dire situations, as evidenced by a recent ruling in Pulaski, Virginia.

Is your child's father not paying child support?

In 1984, the United States passed the Child Support Enforcement Act to help parents collect child support from delinquent ex-spouses who are not paying court ordered support. Although delinquent ex-spouses are subject to jail time for failing to pay child support, one can see how this could make it even more difficult for a parent to pay. If a person is in jail, he or she is far less likely to be able to earn money to pay for the child support.

If a divorce parent moves, which state handles child custody?

When keeping the mantra of the "best interest of the child" in mind while making a decision on child custody arrangements, state courts consider many factors. But what happens when one parent moves to another state; who handles the arrangement proceedings? To help address this question, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act was created to provide standard rules that help address common child custody issues regarding jurisdiction. This statute is recognized in all states throughout the U.S. including the District of Columbia, with the exception of Massachusetts and Vermont.

Understanding what's covered under Child Support

Many parents in Virginia and other states across the nation believe that child support might only covers the basic necessities of raising a child. Although necessities such as food, clothing and shelter are of course covered, it does not end there.

Protecting your rights when it comes to child custody

Regardless of where you live -- whether here in Fairfax or elsewhere in Virginia -- the process of a divorce may seem overwhelming at times. This is further compounded when a child or multiple children are involved, as child custody and child support must be determined.

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