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What is parental abduction?

If you and your spouse or partner have separated and must work through the process of identifying custody and visitation for your joint children, there are many things you should be aware of. The risk that your children’s other parent may take your kids away from you is one concern. For some people, this may be in the form of legal custody but for others, this could actually be in the form of a kidnapping.

Child custody in a same-sex divorce

Virginia spouses who are in same-sex marriages likely celebrated with others around the country last year when these marriages were declared legal in all 50 states by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, that ruling, while important and a big step forward in its own right did not solve every problem that a gay or lesbian couple may eventually face. When such a couple ends up getting a divorce, what happens to any children?

Co-parenting in Virginia

For parents in Virginia who have gotten divorced, learning how to co-parent with a former spouse can be one of the biggest challenges. Being joined by children prevents the adults from ever completely being divorced of each other. Working together collaboratively for the good of children is possible but does require an ongoing level of consciousness to stay on track.

Legal and physical child custody Virginia

Residents in Virginia who must co-parent with a former spouse or partner may find this to be an ongoing challenge at times. The concept of two people who could not remain a couple working cooperatively together naturally opens up the possibility for disagreements. While the Virginia Courts allow parents the opportunity to determine custody or visitation arrangements on their own, the courts can make these choices. Such decisions are made based upon what is in the best interests of the children involved.

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