At the end of a marriage, Virginia parents work through divorce legal issues that affect their children such as child custody and child support and visitation plans. Decisions about these issues could have an effect on taxes.
Divorced parents in Virginia who are considering moving may wonder what the laws are regarding relocating their children, custody and visitation. If the parents have not included a prior agreement regarding relocation in their child custody plan, the issue may be decided by the courts. As with all decisions concerning children, the child's best interests will be of paramount importance.
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.
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.
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.
For those who feel they may need assistance dealing with family law matters such as child support, divorce, or child custody, government programs can be valuable tools, however speaking with an attorney may also be critical.
Sherri Shepherd, host of the television show, “The View,” finds herself in a two-front conflict with an ex-husband and an estranged one. Her ex-husband is challenging her for custody of their 9-year-old son, and her estranged husband wants physical custody of a child yet to be born.