How to Remove Your Guardian ad Litem

How to Remove Your Guardian ad Litem

Everyone hates their Guardian ad litem.  Everyone.  And, at some point, almost everyone asks how they can have their Guardian ad litem removed. I hear all the time that they’re totally biased.  That the GAL is probably sleeping with the child’s father.  (True story, I’ve heard that!)  That they aren’t doing their job.  That they...

Read More

Whether you or your child’s father originally filed custody petitions, it’s a pretty scary process. If he has an attorney and you don’t, it’s probably especially scary. Though there’s no rule that says you have to have an attorney in any divorce or custody cases in Virginia, navigating the system on your own can be...

Read More

Removing a Virginia Guardian ad Litem

In Virginia, as in most states, the standard we use for custody cases is the best interests of the child. In Virginia, as in most states, we have a number of factors that comprise, basically, what factors we believe account for what types of choices, when it comes to custody and visitation, are in a...

Read More

Preparing for a Custody Trial

Trials are tough. They’re really intimidating and, at the end of the day, it’s really hard to know how the cookie is going to crumble, so to speak. There’s a lot of risk inherent in leaving everything (especially when “everything” is as important as custody of your children!) up to a judge—the one person in...

Read More

Reunification in Virginia

Sometimes it seems like the types of cases we see come in waves. We don’t have many cases of a particular type or with a specific theme and then (bam!) all of a sudden we have five or six, and we’re all grappling with similar issues. Of course, especially in custody, no two cases are...

Read More

Custody Vocabulary

Understanding custody cases has a lot to do with understanding the vocabulary of custody cases. It’s not very complicated, but learning about custody vocabulary does require a little bit of background information before you can quickly and easily understand exactly what’s happening in your case—or what you’re even asking for! Most people talk about custody...

Read More