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October 2015 Archives

Custody issue arises with grandparents after missing child found

Many grandparents in Virginia are raising their grandchildren or are seeking custody for numerous reasons. In some cases, it may in the best interests of the children for grandparents to have custody, although this is usually an emotional issue that is not easily resolved.

Unprecedented divorce challenges for same-sex spouses

It’s likely that many same-sex couples in Virginia and elsewhere in the country are still celebrating the June 2015 Supreme Court decision to give homosexual couples the right to marry. However, the dream of marriage may be over for many other couples who are taking the steps toward a divorce instead. It might be easy to assume that having the right to get a same-sex divorce simplifies things a great deal. This may be true, but it can also cause numerous complications that have never before been seen in this country’s legal system.

Social media can be harmful during a Virginia divorce

Social media has become a staple in modern culture. When used appropriately, it can connect people around the world. However, having an online presence can have potential drawbacks, especially for couples in Virginia going through a divorce. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers conducted a survey in 2010 that revealed that 81 percent of divorce attorneys have seen an increase in the use of social media as evidence.

Custody dispute settled with Chris Brown's daughter

Custody matters are often heated during a divorce or separation. The recent case involving the 1-year-old daughter of musician Chris Brown shows that child custody disputes are not always specifically about physical custody. The court may also have to consider specific visitation requests, child support modifications and additional costs involved with raising a child. Custody battles may be stressful for parents in Virginia, but the end result is often worth the struggle.

Funny name, potentially serious consequences

There are many reasons Virginia couples may be considering divorce, from infidelity to spousal or substance abuse. In today’s rapidly changing computerized world, things like social media and technology may also contribute to marital unhappiness. It is important to take into consideration that any divorce, no matter the cause, will likely be subject to the division of marital property, child custody and other common disputes.

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