What defines hearsay in a child custody case?

Hearsay in a child custody case is an out-of-court statement that is being offered in court as evidence to prove a claim. Hearsay in a child custody case may come from many sources, secondhand accounts of events, statements that were not validated by witness presence or recording, and unverified documentation.In your Virginia child custody case…

What is a Custody Evaluator?

A custody evaluator in a Virginia child custody case is a qualified individual involved in the analysis of the parents and children involved in a child custody arrangement. The Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators is an organization that registers and verifies the credentials of custody evaluators. They can provide a list of locally registered individuals…

What is the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act?

If a child custody determination has been made in your Virginia child custody case, there are binding agreements regarding who can have custody of your child and for what duration. Any breach of these guidelines can be held in violation of the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act. The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act gives the appropriate authorities…

If I’m nursing my child, will I get automatic custody of the baby?

Don’t automatically assume that because you have a breastfeeding child that you are guaranteed child custody. It’s ultimately the decision of the court in your Virginia divorce whether or not it is safe to separate a mother and her breastfeeding child. The court will need to be provided with evidence that the mother and breastfeeding…

What is a guardian ad litem?

A guardian ad litem is an attorney appointed by the court who has the sole task of representing a child during a court proceeding. Guardian ad litem is Latin for law guardian. Under Virginia child custody laws, a guardian ad litem may be appointed during your divorce or child custody trial when a child’s best…

How Do I Keep Her From Being Around The Children?

In this case, the her is your husband’s new girlfriend. Generally, any judge in Virginia will enter an order prohibiting any contact between you and your boyfriend or your husband and his girlfriend and those orders are almost exclusively mutual. The different judges in different circumstances may require different language for those orders. It may…