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The child's best interests must come first in child custody cases

Most parents in Virginia want their child to be raised in a healthy, loving and supportive environment. Therefore, if parents are getting divorced, they may want to make sure that the child custody and visitation arrangements made in the final divorce decree meet all of their child's needs. And, courts agree with this sentiment. Per Virginia Code, when making child custody and visitation decisions, courts will first and foremost focus on what is in the best interests of the child.

How does an uncontested divorce work?

At the heart of every divorce are issues regarding the division of property, division of debt, child custody and the payment of child and/or spousal support. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse reach an agreement without going to court. This process will typically move through the system more efficiently.

How does mediation compare to collaborative divorce?

The end of a marriage can be a tough time for many couples in Virginia. After all the disagreements and heartache, sometimes the last thing a couple wants to go through is a lengthy, adversarial trial process pitting one side against the other. However, there are ways that couples can resolve their divorce legal issues in a manner other than through litigation: mediation and collaborative law.

Seek legal advice in parental relocation cases

Divorce is a major life event. However, even after parents in Virginia finalize their divorce, life has its twists and turns. Sometimes a parent who has custody of a child wants to move to a different part of Virginia, to a different state or even abroad. Parents may have good reasons for wanting to move. Perhaps they received a lucrative job offer that will afford them a better lifestyle, or perhaps they want to live closer to family so they and their child can form stronger bonds with their relations.

What property division issues arise in a 'gray divorce'?

Sometimes a divorce doesn't happen while a couple is still young and naive. Sometimes couples in Virginia who have been together for decades may find themselves in an unhappy marriage. There may be a certain breaking point in their marriage, such as an affair, or they may simply have grown apart over the years. However, when couples aged 50 and up decide to end their marriage -- an act known as a "gray divorce," - they may face issues younger couples do not, especially with regards to retirement.

Deploying parents have child custody and visitation rights

Serving in our nation's military is a brave and noble act. However, being on active military duty can be taxing on a person's relationship with their spouse, and sometimes, this leads to divorce. When a military parent divorces, a child custody and visitation order will be made. But, how is this order treated if a military parent is deployed?

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