Is there a 50/50 presumption for custody in Virginia?

Family law – which includes divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support – is a particular area of law that is incredibly state-specific.  What you find to be true in one state is not necessarily true in another.  Even states that are nearby – like, for example, North Carolina and Virginia – are...

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Coparenting Issues: Are You Gatekeeping?

There are a million different issues that come up in coparenting.  One of them – or, at least, one of the ones I hear about the most often – is gatekeeping. As a mom myself, I can completely relate.  All of the information coming at you about the kids at all times can feel insane. ...

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  As much as I’ve written about child support over the years, I think there are still a lot of things that people don’t understand about how it works. Custodial arrangements – or parenting plans – vary dramatically these days, and though it’s true to say that more parents share custody than have primary physical...

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Virginia Parenting Plans and Parenting Time

Parenting Plans and Parenting Time These days, its probably safe to say that shared custody is more the norm than primary physical custody, except in cases where the parties agree otherwise.  There is no explicit, legal presumption for shared custody in Virginia, though; in fact, the law only provides that the judge should consider “all”...

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Virginia Divorce After 5 Years of Marriage

Marriage doesn’t always last forever, and that’s okay.  In fact, I generally think that, the shorter the marriage, the easier the divorce, mostly because there’s not often THAT much to divide.  Life changing money usually isn’t made in just a few years, which means the stakes are generally correspondingly smaller. Why is that good?  It...

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Hey, it’s okay!  If you only recently got married, and you’ve started to think that maybe it was a mistake, I can tell you that you’re definitely not alone.  In fact, I think you’re one of the luckier ones.  After a year or less, there’s often very little to divide, and no one is so...

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Can I breastfeed and share custody?

We talk a lot about breastfeeding, and the unique challenges that it presents when it comes to custody and visitation agreements. As I’m sure you’re already aware, there’s really no question that, in terms of nutrition, being able to nurse your babies and toddlers is ideal. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, the current guidance...

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  Child custody is complicated, especially because it’s really never absolutely final. Under Virginia law, anything related to the children, including child custody, visitation, and child support, are always modifiable based on a material change in circumstances, up until the time the child turns 18 and is no longer legally considered a child. School enrollment...

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