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.
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.
The theory of parental alienation has been making an appearance in some Virginia child custody and visitation cases. It is highly controversial, however, l and is not fully accepted by the medical or psychological communities as being a true disorder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As many unmarried parents in Virginia already know, child custody is not only an issue for people who get divorces. Bristol Palin, daughter of 2008 republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has never been married, but she can expect a family court to rule on the arrangement of custody for her second child.
Virginia residents who enjoy the music of Madonna or the films of director Guy Ritchie may be interested to learn that the couple's 15-year-old son has requested permission to remain with his father rather than returning to his mother after the Christmas holidays. However, the teen apparently initiated litigation in the wrong jurisdiction.