Negotiating child custody and visitation arrangements can be a contentious process for couples in Virginia. When they are unable to reach an amicable agreement, judges will award custody based upon what they feel will best serve the child's interests. When no custody order is in place, custody will depend largely on whether or not the parents are married.
Allegations of marijuana use in Virginia child custody and visitation disputes can have a major impact on a person's parental rights. When such allegations are made, judges sometimes order the parent to have a urine screen or hair follicle test completed.
Some Virginia parents may be familiar with a phenomenon called parental alienation that was coined by a psychiatrist in the 1980s. It refers to what happens when one parent turns a child against the other parent, often as a result of a bitter divorce, and now there is a controversial treatment called reunification therapy that is sometimes mandated by a judge in child custody cases.
Divorced parents who share custody of their young children need to be willing to put serious effort into making things work. Those in the midst of negotiating new custody agreements as well as those with existing ones are advised to consider whether their parenting plans were actually true to the realities of their situations. Instead of demanding full custody after a tough breakup or trying to overfill their schedules, ex-spouses need to think about what's best for the child.
Virginia residents may have heard that long-time couple and reality TV stars Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have announced their split. The two have three young children together.
Judges are generally more willing to grant child custody to fathers than they have been in the past, as traditional parenting roles no longer apply in all cases. In courtrooms in Virginia and around the country, judges look at factors like a parent's ability to care for a child and the existing relationship each parent has with their children. However, 83 percent of custodial parents are mothers according to census data. While there may be many reasons for this, several states are deciding whether to change their laws about physical custody.
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.
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.
Couples in Virginia may be surprised to learn that nearly 15 percent of 2,000 couples in a poll conducted by a British law firm said that they had considered divorce due to the activities of their spouses on social media. In addition, nearly 25 percent said they argued at least weekly with their spouse about social media while almost one out of every five respondents said they fought about it daily.
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.