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Benefits of settling child custody cases outside of court

Some people think it strange to hear an attorney talk about the benefits of staying out of court. But in child custody and visitation cases, one must consider the risks and costs associated with litigation, and also the possible benefits of resolving the case by agreement. See Ken Hodge’s Article

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Is child custody law in Virginia unfair to fathers?

Virginia Code Section 20-124.2(B) provides: “In determining custody, the court shall give primary consideration to the best interests of the child. The court shall assure minor children of frequent and continuing contact with both parents, when appropriate, and encourage parents to share in the responsibilities of rearing their children. As between the parents, there shall […]

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Virginia’s System of “Concurrent Jurisdiction” on Child Custody, Visitation, and Support

Virginia’s judicial system for deciding issues of child Custody, Visitation, child support, and spousal support can be somewhat confusing to those not familiar with it. Virginia has a dual court system called “concurrent jurisdiction”, in which both the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (the J&DR Court) and the Circuit Court have the authority to

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Think carefully before you rush into Court to have your child custody or visitation case tried before a Judge

SHOULD I TRY TO RESOLVE MY CHILD CUSTODY/VISITATION DISPUTE OUTSIDE OF COURT? There are many reasons to consider settling your child custody or visitation case by agreement instead of resorting to the Courts. Some people feel that going to Court is the only way that they will ever see a fair result in their child

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At What Age Does a Child Get to Decide Which Parent They Want to Live With Under Virginia Law?

It is a question that most Virginia divorce and child custody attorneys have been asked on many occasions. The fact is, under Virginia child custody law, there is no “magic age” at which the child gets to make the decision as to which parent will have custody of him or her. In fact, the child

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