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Protecting one's rights during a child custody dispute

No marriage is ironclad. Even when spouses in Virginia and elsewhere take steps to better the marriage and resolve any marital disputes, this does not protect them from the possibility of divorce. Even when children are involved, their presence does not mean the marriage will last or parents will remain together because they have children together. With the divorce rate remaining around 50 percent, the reality is that parents might be faced with marital problems and difficult decisions.

What are common misconceptions of shared parenting?

Whether it is a painful or a mutual end, the end of a marriage is never easy. And while an amicable departure can lead to fair and quickly resolved divorce issues, it may not help with more challenging issues, such as family law issues. With regards to child custody, some divorcing parents find it challenging to accept the shared parenting trend. Some divorcing parents base their initiative for sole custody on fallacies surrounding joint custody.

Shared parenting trend influencing lawmakers

For most parents in Virginia and elsewhere, parenting is a collaborative effort. In some way or another, each parent takes on a role to help parent the child. When this occurs, each parent seeks to maintain the same role they had during the marriage when divorce ensues. Typically, fathers were awarded visitation every other weekend or even just one weekend a month. However, this trend has changed in the recent years, as parents seek a shared custody arrangement.

The elements of an effective parenting plan

Divorce forces parents to make difficult choices about how their children will be raised and with whom the children will live. While some parents cannot come to terms with each other about these important matters and must rely on judicial intervention to establish custodial and visitation arrangements, many Virginia parents are able to put their differences aside and create their own parenting plans. These agreements set forth schedules, terms and other important information that will dictate how the parents will interact to raise their children following their split.

Can my ex-spouse move our child out-of-state?

It can be hard on both a parent and their child when divorce or separation causes them to live in separate households. Parents in Virginia who do not have physical custody of their children may feel as though they are missing out when they do not get to see their children each and every day. While options like virtual visitation may give parents more access to their kids when they are not in the same physical space, the distance between a parent and child can be hard to overcome.

An overview of virtual visitation

A parent who lives with their child or lives in the same community as their child can attend the child's sporting events, concerts, recitals and other important activities that the child participates in. Parents in Virginia who have close physical proximity to their children can see them on holidays, take them out to dinner and generally maintain close relationships with the kids they love, even after a divorce.

The types of custody available to parents in Virginia

The Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts are responsible for handling family law matters, such as child custody. Whether related to a divorce or initiated after a separation, child custody can be a contentious area of the law. Parents in Virginia have two types of custody that they may lobby for when a district court has the power to decide such matters for a child.

Complications are possible during the stepparent adoption process

During a traditional adoption a birth mother and birth father agree to relinquish their legal rights to their child so that another person or couple is able to create a legal relationship with the youth and raise the child as a member of their family. For this type of adoption to occur, many legal steps must be followed to ensure that everyone's rights have been protected. The process can be quite lengthy. Some Northern Virginia families engage in a very different type of adoption process that often requires fewer steps, but can be subject to complications just the same.

Bitter child custody battle keeps tennis star off of the court

Virginians who follow international tennis may notice that one powerful player is missing from this year's women's U.S. Open: Victoria Azarenka. The 28-year-old former world number 1 player will not be competing in the Grand Slam event due to an ongoing child custody dispute with the father of her young son.

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