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Can I Appeal My Custody Case?

The short answer is yes. Most child custody cases are initiated at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (JDR) level. Virginia JDR courts have jurisdiction over both child custody and child support cases. Once your case is heard by the judge, a final order is entered. If you are unhappy with the final order entered by the JDR judge you …

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4 Steps to an Easier Virginia Divorce

Divorce can be a very overwhelming and time consuming process. In addition, you may be feeling hurt, betrayed, abandoned, and even angry. These feelings are natural! However, you cannot let your personal feelings cloud your judgment or affect the outcome of your divorce proceeding. Below are 4 simple steps you can take to help increase the prospect of a positive …

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Custody Lingo: What Does it all Mean?

Custody hearings can be stressful without the confusion of what certain legal terms mean. To help ease the custody process, here are a few helpful vocabulary terms. Temporary Custody – Determines who will have custody of the child while the parties wait for a court hearing. A best interests standard will be applied to determine temporary custody. Legal Custody – The power …

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 …

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Guardian ad Litem: What’s That?

In many child custody cases, judges will appoint a Guardian ad Litem, also known as a GAL. Guardian ad Litem means “guardian for the suit”. A GAL in Virginia is an attorney who helps assist the judge in determining the circumstances of the case. A GAL’s role is to represent the children in the proceeding. The GAL will speak with …

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Family Law Myths

Here are a few myths and concerns that we often hear from our clients or potential clients that are really commonly-held “myths”: MYTH: It’s a bad thing if your lawyer is acquainted with, or somehow associates with “the other side.” TRUTH: A lot of people going through a divorce experience tremendous anger toward their soon to be ex-partner. Those feelings are …

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What Do We Tell the Children?

Tips for Talking to Your Children About Your Divorce Sarah and John tried everything to save their marriage: counseling, vacations, even a trial separation. Yet the fights continued. So, after nights of one or the other sleeping in the guest room, after days of crying, talking, and soul searching, the couple realized that divorce was their last, best option. Although …

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The Question Must be Why NOT Try Mediation?

In any legal dispute, to include divorces, Mediation is an option you can use to minimize your costs in terms of legal fees, to maintain more control over what happens to you, and to more likely get to a more satisfactory result. In a divorce, for example, a lot is at stake: all your property and your children–and your life …