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Understanding Best Interest of the Child Standard in Custody Cases

In Virginia, like most states, the “best interest of the child” standard is used when determining the outcomes of custody cases. This means that the court seeks to find an outcome that will on average be the best solution for the child, usually involving both parents to some capacity. The standard is the overarching guide to determining all post-separation parenting arrangements. It is the unparalleled determinant of your child’s custody future and should be seriously considered by any parent entering a custody battle.

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Topics: Family Law

Child Custody Advice for the Recently Divorced

When parties to a divorce have children, they must work out a parenting plan outline of who has custody or visitation of the children and when. If the parents cannot agree to a custody arrangement, then either parent may petition the court for custody.

Parents must petition the court which is overseeing their divorce, or if they are unmarried, the family or juvenile court in the county and state where the children reside.

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Joint Custody Rights: The Basics

When parties to a divorce have children, they must work out a parenting plan outlining who has custody or visitation of the children and when. If the parents cannot agree to a custody arrangement, then either parent may petition the court for custody.

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Topics: Family Law

     

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