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Tag Archives: Leesburg Child Custody Attorney

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Reunification in Virginia Custody Cases

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No child custody case is the same, and those involving an absentee parent or spouses who now live in different cities or states can present their own unique set of challenges. One term you may hear is something called reunification. What is Reunification? Reunification is pretty much a catch-all term used to describe reuniting… Read More »

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What is a Parenting Plan and Do I Need One?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are getting a divorce, or you are not married to your child’s parent, you may have been told you need to create a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a written agreement between co-parents that outlines expectations and procedures for legal custody, visitation, financial responsibilities, and other parenting issues. In Virginia, a… Read More »

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Dos and Don’ts During a Child Custody Dispute

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you and your child’s other parent are fighting for custody, life cannot necessarily go on as normal. How you behave on a normal basis needs to be adjusted to best fit with the circumstances, particularly if you are attempting to receive full custody. While you cannot – and should not – change everything… Read More »

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Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Going from seeing your children every day at home to having to follow a child custody schedule can be a difficult transition. Whether you are the custodial parent who feels you lose out on fun, weekend time with your kids or you are the non-custodial parent who never feels like it is enough, there… Read More »

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When Can a Child Influence the Custody Arrangement?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Under the Code of Virginia Section 20-124.3, the child’s preference is one of the nine specific elements used to determine the best interests of the child in relation to child custody and visitation. Under the law, the judge can take into consideration “[t]he reasonable preference, if the court deems the child to be of… Read More »

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Divorced & Unmarried Parents: Who Can Make Medical Decisions For Your Kids?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Raising a child can be difficult and when you do not agree on major decisions with your child’s other parent, the situation only becomes more stressful. One of the common topics unmarried or divorced parents fight over is medical decisions for their child. From immunizations at a young age to treatments for a condition… Read More »

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Establishing Paternity in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When a married woman gives birth to a child, the law presumes that she is the mother and that her husband is the father. However, it is becoming increasingly common for individuals to have children outside of marriage. While a few decades ago this would have been scandalous, now it is simply another way… Read More »

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Handling the Holidays When You Share Custody of Your Children

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you share custody of your children with their other parent, you can quickly fall into a routine. School, sports, church and all of the kid’s other weekly activities are taken care of. They transition between your homes smoothly. But the upcoming holidays can throw off your well-honed routine. It is up to you… Read More »

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Virginia Custody Laws: Can a Custodial Parent Relocate to Another State?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you think about child custody issues, you most likely think of divorce. In fact, there are a variety of reasons you may seek custody over a child and Virginia laws allow any legitimately interested person the ability to petition the court for custody. Regardless of the reason, if you have legal custody over… Read More »

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Obtaining Custody Of Your Grandchildren: Legal Hurdles Can Be Overcome

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In a perfect world, we would not need to educate ourselves about who is entitled to the custody rights of children because all parents would be suitable and fit to raise their own children. Unfortunately, life is much more complex than that and from time to time, a grandparent may feel the need to… Read More »

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