Has your relationship recently ended or are you divorced with children? Are you dating and concerned about the introduction of your new loved one to your kids? Perhaps your estranged spouse or ex-spouse objects to the introduction and uses your newfound relationship to drag you back into a contentious court proceeding. Will a court prevent the introduction from occurring or minimize contact? Could you lose custody of your children because of the introduction? It all depends on the circumstances.
The introduction of a new partner to kids is absolutely relevant to custody and visitation determinations in Virginia courts. Custody and visitation decisions must be made with the children’s best interests in mind, pursuant to Virginia Code § 20-124.3. No two cases are exactly the same when it pertains to the introduction of a new partner to a child. There are a plethora … Read More »
Do you have a current mental health diagnosis? What about an ongoing custody or visitation case in Virginia? Are you worried about the impact that your diagnosis could have on your case? You are not alone.
The pandemic has affected people in many ways. Various stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions. The inability to share precious moments with loved ones, like the birth of a new child, college graduations and wedding ceremonies. Most people can agree that COVID-19 has also impacted their mental health. People without a mental health diagnosis prior to the pandemic are now being riddled with stress, anxiety and depression. Those who had mental health diagnoses may be seeing their conditions worsen. How will a mental health diagnosis impact a custody or visitation case in Virginia?
Under in Virginia Code § 20-124.3, judges are required to consider the mental health of each … Read More »