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What guides the decisions of Virginia courts in custody cases?

Divorcing parents are allowed to resolve child custody issues through agreements. But these issues can get very contentious, and circumstances sometimes make it so such agreements aren’t able to be reached. When this happens, the custody dispute will generally go before a court for a ruling.

Who makes big decisions regarding the children after a divorce?

A lot of major decisions come in connection to raising children. This includes making choices about what school a child will attend, what activities he or she will be allowed to participate in and how his or her health care needs will be met. What is chosen can have lasting implications for a child and a family. When parents divorce, one important issue that needs to be addressed is how such decisions will be made in the future.

Setting a good example for the children following a divorce

When parents get divorced, many things can have long-term impacts on their children. One is what happens with the children’s living arrangements moving forward. There are a range of possible living arrangements that could come out of a divorce. Some examples include:

Virginia makes child custody law change

When parents’ divorce, what child custody arrangement is ultimately put in place is very impactful. One type of custody arrangement is joint custody. This is when divorced parents share custody of their children. This is an alternative to sole custody, in which custody is granted to just one parent. Virginia recently passed a law that some hope will increase how often joint custody is used in the state.

Thoughts on seeking parenting time modifications

A divorce may have the effect of relieving the burdens you may have experienced when living under the same roof of your ex-spouse, but it may not alleviate the co-parenting issues you had during the marriage. You may still have issues with exchanges, calendaring events and even communicating with each other. Because of this, it is not surprising for a frustrated parent to seek court intervention to set a difficult parent straight.  These frustrations are commonly manifested in a motion to modify parenting time to restrict a parent's time with the children.

Why planning for spring break early can be helpful

It may seem odd to see sales for shorts, swimsuits and other clothing meant for sunny weather when there’s still snow on the ground, but retailers know that spring break is just around the corner for most school aged children and their families. So it is advantageous to prepare for those considering vacations in over the holiday weekends in February and March.

Tips for effective communication with your ex

Effective co-parenting starts with effective communication. While it sounds simple enough, broken relationships have complicated aspects that divorced (or separated) parents have difficulty moving past. (After all, if the parties had good communication skills, chances are that they would not be getting divorced.) Nevertheless, stable communication between parents is essential to a child’s development. The following tips can help.

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