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Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

In the midst of a bitter custody battle, the person who ends up the most hurt is usually not the parents at all, but the child. It seems obvious, but many forget that it is so important that your child not suffer just because you and the other parent dislike each other or are unable to communicate. It is important …

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When Can I Leave my Children Home Alone?

It depends. Shockingly, Virginia law does not provide a specific age number for which children can be left home alone by themselves. However, The Department of Social Services (DSS) warns that age alone is never a good indicator of a child’s maturity level. In addition, DSS provides the following helpful guidelines when determining whether your child is ready to be …

Do Grandparents Have Any Custody Rights In Virginia?

Yes. Virginia Code § 20.124.1 states that “a person with a “legitimate interest” shall be broadly construed and includes, but is not limited to, grandparents.” However, in Virginia there is a Parental Presumption. Parental Presumption The Parental Presumption was established in Troxel v. Granville, 530 US 57 (2000). In Troxel, grandparents petitioned a Washington Superior Court for the right to …