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Jon Gosselin reportedly seeking custody of 1 child

Virginia fans of reality television shows may be interested to learn that actor and father Jon Gosselin is seeking custody of just one of his sextuplets, his 11-year-old daughter, Hannah. Reportedly, his daughter has indicated that her mom, Kate, is forcing her to participate in more episodes of "Kate plus 8" against her wishes.

Nations come together to combat child abduction

The thought of a child being abducted and taken overseas is a terrifying one for Virginia parents, but this was the reality for at least 8,000 American children between 2008 and 2013 according to the U.S. State Department. The department receives thousands of requests every year for assistance by those involved in international child abduction cases, but only about half of these children ever return to the United States.

Researchers say joint custody is best for children

Children of divorced parents in Virginia may experience less stress if their parents decide to co-parent, according to a new study. Researchers from the Centre for Health Equity Studies in Sweden found that children who go back and forth between two parents' homes had fewer psychosomatic health problems than children who lived with only one parent.

Child custody and visitation for non-parents

Under Virginia law, people who are not the parents of a child may apply for custody if they are a relative, stepparent, former stepparent or anyone who has filled a similar role in relation to the child. Both parents are also able to seek custody of the child, and the parents will be given preference in a custody dispute unless they are shown to be unfit.

What are the factors to deciding visitation rights?

When making decisions about visitation, there are a number of factors that a judge might consider. Generally, the court seeks to provide consistent and predictable interaction with each parent. However, there are some factors, such as abusive behavior or neglect, which might cause a judge limit the interaction a child has with a parent. Any plans made are typically focused on the child, seeking to provide a situation that offers a safe and healthy environment.

What is considered the best interest of the child?

In Virginia, there are several factors used to determine if a custody or visitation decision is in the best interests of a child. The first factor that is taken into account is the age of the child and the changing needs of the child as it gets older. The current physical and mental needs of the child are also taken into consideration when determining if an action is in his or her best interests.

The aspects of legal child custody

When couples with children divorce, custody of the children is one of the major aspects they focus on during negotiations. Once a child custody agreement has been reached, both parents must abide by the agreement. If either parent ignores the agreement, that parent might be found in contempt of court. Before an agreement is reached, it is important to understand the definitions of both physical and legal custody.

Visitation guidelines for noncustodial parents

Noncustodial parents in Virginia normally are given visitation rights to their children, with a few exceptions such as a history of domestic violence or abuse. For noncustodial parents who do have those rights, it may be a good idea to take them seriously. Failing to show up for a scheduled visitation without notifying the child or the other parent could be taken as rejection by the child.

Child custody presents challenges for unmarried couples

Paul George's current legal dispute points out some issues which may be of concern to unmarried Virginia couples trying to resolve a child custody matter. George allegedly fathered a child with Daniela Rajic, a woman he met in Florida. A paternity test performed before the birth confirmed George as the father. However, he disputes the test's method and result. He plans to accept responsibility if another test confirms him as the father.

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