How to LOSE your Virginia custody case

On Monday, we talked about what you need to do to make sure you WIN your custody case.  If you haven’t already had a chance to read it, you definitely should. Today, I’m going to tackle the other side of the issue: what kinds of things can you do to make sure you’ll LOSE your…

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Child Custody in Relocation Cases

Most of the time, custody isn’t a “win or lose,” “all or nothing,” proposition. Usually, when parents fight over custody, the judge winds up awarding some kind of shared custodial arrangement where both parents share a lot of time with the kids. It’s not necessarily 50/50, but both parents get to be with the kids…

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Can I file custody and visitation petitions on my own?

It seems like a lot of the women I meet with want to talk to me in the hopes that they’ll find out they DON’T need to hire an attorney. (I try not to take it personally or let it hurt my feelings.) The truth is, though, that I understand completely. Hiring an attorney is…

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How Custody Decisions Are Made

In most states, custody decisions are made in court based on the “best interests of the child.”  It’s a pretty general phrase that can mean all sorts of things.  In fact, most courts have a different definition of what, exactly, qualifies as being in the best interests of a child. If you’re facing a custody…

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Virginia Custody Cases Where There is Abuse

As a mother, you would do anything for your children.  It’s a cliché and yet, at the same time, it’s also incredibly true.  It’s something I’ve witnessed time and time again in my practice, talking to moms who are in the middle of fighting for, or are preparing to fight for, custody of their children….

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Grandparents Rights to Custody: A Guide for Mom

If you’re a mom and someone else, like your parents or your child’s father’s parents, are petitioning the court to get custody or visitation from you, you’re probably scared and upset. After all, don’t you have a right to make decisions about who your children should and shouldn’t be around? Aren’t you right to consider…

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Grandparents Rights to Custody: A Guide for Grandma

If you’re a grandparent and you’re seeking custody or visitation rights for your grandchild(ren), you’re not alone. Even though in many parents the grandparents work alongside the parents, providing extra help in the home, acting as stand-in nanny, and shuttling the kids to and from school, daycare, and their various activities, it’s not always that…

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When You DON’T Have a Custody Order in Place

When a couple has a child together, there is no custody order. There’s no “every other weekend” rule, even if mom and dad are no longer romantically involved. Married or single, it doesn’t make any difference. Babies aren’t born with rules about custody in place. Furthermore, babies are born to two parents, each of whom…

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What if I make more money than my husband?

Breadwinner wives are becoming the norm more and more often, which is such a great thing to see. More and more women are working outside the home at high paying, powerhouse jobs; more women are executives, CPAs, lawyers, doctors, advisers, analysts, politicians and pretty much everything else than ever before. It’s inspiring to see women…

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