Can I force my child’s father to quarantine after risk of COVID-19 exposure?

As we prepare for a second wave of coronavirus infections (assuming, of course, that we aren’t already in the middle of it now), many people have really high anxiety. It’s sad that dealing with a worldwide pandemic has become such a political issue, with people on both sides of the spectrum weighing in with completely…

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Should I send my kids for visitation during the pandemic?

Should I send my kids for visitation during the pandemic? I’ve written a bit on this before, but it was early on in the pandemic. It feels like eons ago to me now; the shock of actually facing a pandemic – which, to me, still sounds a bit like an actual plague – was surreal….

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Can he tell me I can’t take the kids?

Can he tell me I can’t take the kids? We’re seeing a LOT of custody disputes right now. I’ve talked about it a bit before, of course; there are very few things that we deal with that are as serious or as terrifying as a dad taking the children and threatening to not allow them…

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What’s happening with the Virginia courts?

What’s happening in the Virginia courts? The courts have started to open up. Slowly. Bit by bit. In a lot of ways, it’s super frustrating, even though we’ve been waiting for this since they started closing in March. The problem, of course, is that the Supreme Court really left it up to the individual courts…

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When will you have Girl’s Night Out events again?

When will you have Girl’s Night Out events again? Though it was originally our late co-founded Kristen Hofheimer’s idea, I’ve spent the last several years working hard to grow and expand our Girl’s Night Out group. With the recent fears surrounding coronavirus, and Governor Northam’s “stay at home” order, which banned large group gatherings and…

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Dealing with Anxiety in Custody and Visitation Situations

Dealing with Anxiety In Custody and Visitation Situations It’s a common refrain: my child’s father just doesn’t do things that I believe are critical to protect my children’s safety when they’re in his care. With coronavirus, it’s even worse. We’re all feeling a little extra anxious; the world feels like such an uncertain place. It’s…

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Juvenile and Circuit Court Custody Case Procedures

Juvenile and Circuit Court Procedure in Virginia Custody Cases You think you might have to file for custody. Maybe something has been brewing for awhile. Maybe recent coronavirus concerns have forced some difficult issues to light. Maybe there’s a looming change in circumstances, like a move, a new job, a school change, or a wedding….

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What should I do if my child’s father is using coronavirus to keep my child away?

What should I do if my child’s father is using coronavirus to keep my child away? Even though Governor Northam’s order specifically allows you to leave your home in order to exchange a child pursuant to a custody and visitation order, there are a lot of parents who are using fears surrounding coronavirus as an…

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Visitation Exchanges with Stepchildren During the Pandemic

What about exchanging stepchildren during the pandemic? As a mom myself, I’m a member of a lot of online communities for moms. They’re not all divorce and custody related but, as you’re probably aware, we slip into that territory fairly often. I hear all sorts of questions related to it, and, mostly, in an online…

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How will I prove that we’ve been separated if we’re socially distancing?

How will I prove that we’ve been separated if we’re socially distancing? I’ve talked a lot recently about custody issues amid the coronavirus pandemic, but there are things about all this COVID-19 stuff that affects divorce, too. And that’s important, too! It’s complicated, it’s challenging, and it’s unprecedented, which means that a lot of the…

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