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Child Custody Archives

Domestic Violence and its impact on child custody

Unfortunately, a domestic violence epidemic continues to occur in Virginia and all across the United States, which is evident by news reports of sports athletes and celebrities involved in seemingly weekly incidents. Victims of domestic violence often feel especially helpless and vulnerable, believing that reporting an incident may lead to future incidents down the line. But unless incidents are reported, nothing will ever fix the situation. Many people are unaware that domestic violence is not limited to physical violence, but may take other forms as well.

Women's rights protected against rapists

On May 29, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, part of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. The new law is a bipartisan effort by Democrat Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Republican Tom Marino of Pennsylvania.

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.

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.

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.

Who gets custody of Virginia children?

Virginia divorce is never easy for a family, especially when there are children involved. Not only do parents need to address concerns, such as property division and alimony, but also must determine both child support and child custody. In order to determine what the best course of action is for your child or children, it is important to understand the different forms of child custody available and how child custody is determined in the courts.

How are visitation rights handled in Fairfax County?

When a couple in Fairfax County shares a child and chooses to end their relationship together, it's important that the parents have a relationship with the child if both are fit to do so. It is in the child's best interests to have influence from both parents. But, the relationship with children can be damaged beyond repair if there are constant disagreements over child custody and visitation rights. Oftentimes it is necessary to get more information when it comes to establishing, enforcing and agreeing to visitation rights.

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.

As Virginia family law evolves, so do child custody decisions

Some aspects of the American legal system are evergreen, in the sense that they change very little over time. Other aspects, like child custody guidelines, expectations and determinations, have absolutely evolved to meet the changing needs of families and minors. In fact, for couples in Virginia and the rest of the country, a very different type of child custody arrangement is beginning to come about as society begins to adapt to new parenting realities.

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