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Child Custody Archives

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.

Is it possible to receive sole custody of my child?

In the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts of Virginia a parent may receive sole custody of their child if a court determines such a child custody plan is in the child's best interests. This post will discuss in brief some of the considerations a court must make before deciding if a parent should have sole custody or share custody jointly with the child's other parent; readers are cautioned, though, to seek their own family law counsel as this post is only an overview of a broad legal topic. It does not provide legal advice.

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