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How to Change a Custody and Visitation Schedule Agreed to During Mediation

Posted in Custody, Divorce Procedure
Change to Custody and Visitation OrderMost cases settle.  That holds true even in divorce cases.  In divorce cases, with the increased use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, settlement is even more likely. A Change to a Court Determined Custody and Visitation Schedule Requires a Material Change in Circumstances For custody and visitation cases that do not … Continue Reading

Do Virginia Custody and Visitation Cases Favor the Mother?

Posted in Custody
Child CustodyIn custody and visitation cases, one concern often expressed by clients is the worry that courts have a belief that children are best cared for by one parent over the other – most often the mother.  Fathers especially have a fear that when pursuing custody/visitation they are already a step behind simply because they are … Continue Reading

5 Separation and Divorce Tips from St. Vincent (the Movie)

Posted in Custody, Separation
In the 2014 movie St. Vincent, Maggie and her son Oliver move in next door to Vincent, a grouchy elderly man who likes to spend time smoking, drinking and gambling. Maggie recently separated from her unfaithful husband and has trouble adapting to being a solo parent. Now required to support a family and maintain a … Continue Reading

Denying Access to the Other Parent Could Result in Losing Custody

Posted in Custody
If you are separated and thinking about leaving the state with your child, think carefully before acting.  Leaving without the Court or other party’s permission could result in you losing custody.  I saw it happen this past Friday as I watched a pendente lite hearing for custody, visitation and support.  Here is what happened: The … Continue Reading