July 29, 2013

What Is The Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce

What Is The Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce

If you’re at the point in your marriage that you’re considering taking some time off from your spouse, you may be wondering “What is the difference between legal separation and divorce?” First, a caveat: this article should in no way be considered legal advice. You will need to speak to […]

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Dealing with Divorce

Dealing with Divorce

“Mike, we need to talk,” Kate said as soon as Mike walked in the door. “What now, Kate?” He replied in a resigned voice. “Look, I don’t want to fight.  This isn’t about us; it’s about Charlie,” Kate explained. Looking wary, Mike cautiously asked, “What about Charlie?” “Mike, she’s barely […]

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Fighting For Your Child – An Adoption Story

Fighting For Your Child – An Adoption Story

Fighting For Your Child An Adoption Story How long would you fight for your child?  …days, weeks, months, years? How much money would you spend in your battle to protect your child? …hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands?  Many people have had to argue over custody issues when families dissolve, but what […]

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The Catch All Language

The Standards of Proof which a Court must consider in granting an Adoption without the Consent of a birth parent includes standard “catch all” language. That is to say, that a Court may consider all relevant evidence on the issue of the best interests of the child, and is not […]

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The Detriment Requirement

When Section 63.2-1205 was enacted in 1995, it included language requiring the trial court to consider whether failure to grant the Petition for Adoption would be detrimental to the child.  In 2006, the General Assembly removed this language from the statute, and substituted for it the requirement that the court […]

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