What Does Best Interests Of The Child Mean?

What does “best interests of the child” mean, anyway? You can’t get very far down the road in a custody and visitation case without coming up against “best interests of the child”. There’s a version of the best interests factors in almost every state (at least, as far as I’m aware), and these factors make up the…

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Custody and Child Support of Older Teenagers

Custody and Child Support of Older Teenagers Under the law, a child magically becomes an adult on their 18th birthday. But what does that mean, and how does it impact custody and visitation? When you have an older teenaged child, what options do you have? What does the court allow? These are all good questions,…

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What if my child is subpoenaed in a custody case

What if my child is subpoenaed in a custody case? Custody cases are about as common as…well, something that’s very common. We see them literally all the time, and they can come about in a bunch of different ways. Obviously, you don’t have to be married to have a custody case; you just have to…

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Kids as Witnesses in Virginia Custody Case

Custody cases are messy, and sometimes it really starts to feel like anything goes.  Allegations fly back and forth, and it quickly becomes a battle of he said/she said.  Parents understand, usually, that it’ll be difficult for a judge or a guardian ad litem to really get to the meat of the case because there…

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When can a child decide which parent to live with in a Virginia custody case?

In the movies, children are often asked to decide which parent they want to live with after a divorce.  In popular culture, too, I think the understanding is there that, at a certain point, a kid can make decisions for himself about where he’ll spend the majority of his time.In the movies, children are often…

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