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How to get through the holidays as a two-home family

After a divorce, life changes dramatically. The children have to adjust to two households. This can be challenging on a normal day, but when the holidays come around, it can become very stressful. It is tough to ensure everyone can have a good holiday celebration without any parent or extended family missing out on time with the children.

Do Virginia grandparents have visitation rights?

As a Virginia grandparent, a time may come when you would like to pursue visitation rights to your grandchild, and you may wonder whether you have grounds to obtain them. According to The Spruce, the state does not have statutes that are specific to grandparent visitation. Rather, the same set of statutes concern decisions regarding both visitation and custody.

Study: How joint custody benefits kids

There are many kids who spend a majority of the time with the custodial parent, and then visit the other parent on the weekends and on holidays. However, a study shows the benefits that kids experience when they are able to spend equal amounts of time with each parent. A meta-analysis reported in the Journal of Family Psychology found that children of divorce are often better adjusted when parents have shared custody rather than sole-physical custody.

Can I access my child’s records if I do not have custody?

Parenting after divorce can prove to be a difficult struggle. If you do not have custody of your child, you may find yourself constantly battling to have sufficient visitation time and receive the rights you feel you deserve as a parent. One area that can prove especially tricky for non-custodial parents is control over health, medical and school records. Even if you do not have custody, situations may arise where you need to access your child’s information. The Virginia State government details what the law says about these incidents.

What divorce issues can a parenting plan help with?


Parents want to minimize the trauma that their child experiences if they and their spouse decide to get a divorce. They want to assure their child that their divorce has nothing to do with them and that they are still loved. One way that parents can do this is by developing a comprehensive parenting agreement or plan. Agreeing to a parenting plan can help diffuse a lot of child custody issues that can arise during a divorce. But what specific issues can a parenting plan help with?

Typical duties of a custodial parent


Child custody can be one of the most volatile topics during a divorce. And while most courts want to give both parents joint custody of their child, there are times when primary custody is given to only one parent. When those situations arise, it's very important for the custodial parent to remember that they have specific responsibilities regarding their child custody arrangement. So, here is a brief look at some of these typical custodial parent duties.

How is a child custody order enforced in Virginia?


While most Virginia family courts try to give divorcing parents joint custody of their child, there are occasions when one parent is given primary custody. In situations like this, the parent who was not awarded custody must then relinquish custody of the child to the custodial parent. But, what happens if the non-custodial parent refuses to honor the child custody agreement after the divorce? How then is a child custody order enforced in Virginia?

What does Virginia law say about best interests of the child?


When a couple in Virginia has a child and there is a decision as to child custody and visitation rights, the state will pay great attention to the best interests of the child. The court has numerous factors that it will consider when making the decision regarding child custody. Parents who are in the midst of a case regarding child custody or are having a dispute need to know about these factors as the case commences.

What is a standby guardian in Virginia?


Most Virginia residents agree that parents have an unconditional love for their children and will always do what's best for them. But sometimes situations develop in a parent's life where they may not be able to take care of their children. In this type of situation Virginia parents can employ a legal method known as a standby guardian. But exactly what is a standby guardian, and what are its limitations?

The basics of child custody laws in Virginia


Virginia child custody laws have some things in common with other states, including that child custody decisions always focus on the best interests of the child. In addition, child custody laws in Virginia give special importance to the wishes of the child. In general, there is typically a custodial parent, who has custody of the child, and sometimes the other parent is non-custodial but enjoys visitation rights with the child. In other circumstances, both parents may share custody.

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