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January 2016 Archives

How does supervised visitation work?

During most child custody cases in Virginia, both parents are awarded joint or partial custody and share parenting time at each other’s homes. However, in some cases it may be necessary for one or both parents to spend time with the children under supervision by authorities. If both parents must be supervised, guardianship of the children may be awarded to the grandparents or another responsible person. Supervised visitation may be temporary or permanent, depending on the situation.

Should you keep the house after your divorce?

Like many Virginia residents, you may want to keep the family home during your divorce for a variety of reasons. You could feel an emotional connection to the home you raised children in. Maybe it would be too inconvenient or upsetting to move on top of the additional stress caused by your divorce. It could also seem like the best choice to keep the children in a familiar home and school district.

Options when a child is abducted by the non-custodial parent

One of the worst nightmares any parent in Virginia or elsewhere could suffer is the loss of a child. Unfortunately, some parents lose their children through abduction. It is common for a child to be abducted by a non-custodial parent, grandparent or other family member who does not have the legal right to care for the child.

How do you ask your spouse for a divorce?

The end of the holidays marks the beginning of one of the most popular times of the year for people to end a marriage. If you’re like many Virginia residents, you may be considering a divorce, but you might not know how to begin. The first step is to tell your spouse of your intentions. If you’re fortunate, he or she might already know the marriage is ending, and may even mutually desire a divorce. More often, however, the other spouse is either unwilling to give up on the marriage or has no idea anything was wrong.

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