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Helping kids through a divorce

As difficult as going through a divorce is for an adult, children who have parents who divorce also suffer greatly. However, the way that parents act during a divorce and after a marriage has ended can help to reduce the negative effects on children. Some of the ways to make things easier for kids in Virginia include setting up a temporary custody and visitation plan, making kids feel safe and considering a mediated divorce.

How mediation can help with co-parenting disputes

Divorced Virginia parents who move in order to be closer to a new partner while still attempting to remain relatively close to their children may introduce conflict into their coparenting relationship. One problem is that they may underestimate the time the added commute will take. If this travel burden falls on the parent who did not move, there could be tension. Furthermore, the new partner and the parent who did not move may not get along. The other parent may not want the child spending much time with the new partner.

How parents can resolve custody issues

In many cases, Virginia parents are granted joint legal child custody after a divorce. It is not uncommon for them to disagree from time to time as to how their children should be raised. If a disagreement does arise, it is important to understand the options available to remedy those disputes. For instance, it may be possible to seek a resolution in court through litigation.

After domestic violence, abusive parent could get custody

When two parents go through a divorce in Virginia, a judge may have to decide how to divide parenting time. One of the factors that a judge may consider is whether a divorce involved allegations of domestic violence. Although many people assume that a parent who was abused will automatically get full child custody, family law cases are not always that clear-cut.

Summer custody and visitation planning

Summer is a time that often provides children with pleasant memories, but parents dealing with it for the first time after their divorce may find that there is a bit of apprehension about vacation activities as parenting time is considered. A more detailed parenting plan can simplify the matter by making provisions for timing of travel and times children will spend with a non-custodial parent. Additionally, incorporating provisions for dealing with changes of plans can head off otherwise stressful situations.

The pros of a timely divorce

No matter how much two Virginia parents may not get along, going through with a divorce can still be difficult. Some parents may have been brought up in a household divided by divorce, and they don't want their children to go through the same thing. Others believe that their religion forbids them from getting divorced or getting remarried in the event that they do get divorced.

Importance of reacting correctly when served with papers

When Virginia parents whose marriages are coming to an end are served with family court documents relating to child custody issues, they often feel a combination of anger and shock. Some people react in a way that can seriously hurt their positions in their cases.

Custody case proceeds for former same-sex couple

Same-sex couples in Virginia who have children may be interested in the outcome of a case in which a woman is fighting for custody of the daughter born to her former partner while the two were together. The woman is not biologically related to the child, but she cut the child's umbilical cord, carried the child on her health insurance and lived with the child for four years.

Custody decisions and domestic violence

Virginia parents should be aware of court protections for children who are exposed to domestic abuse. Children who witness domestic abuse are more likely to develop emotional problems such as anger, anxiety and poor self-esteem. They also have difficulty in school and are more likely to drop out, abuse drugs and alcohol, experience teenage pregnancy and become involved in teen dating violence. Children who see signs of verbal or physical abuse between their parents are also more likely to become abusers when they are older.

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