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'Birdnesting' is a unique approach to child custody after divorce

If parents go through a divorce, it is a huge transition not just for them, but for their child as well. Parents in Virginia may be concerned about how their child will cope with transferring between two separate homes. Thus, parents will try to establish a parenting plan that disrupts the child's life as little as possible. One creative way for doing so is through "birdnesting."

Child custody and religion can be an issue this time of year

The winter holidays are just around the corner, but, for many in Virginia, holidays are about more than just celebrating family and gift giving. These holidays often have a deep religious significance for many. So, in addition to the festivities, many people may be heading to their place of worship over the coming month. However, what happens if a child's parents have different religions and are divorced? How is it decided which religious faith the child will practice?

Address Halloween in your child custody and parenting plan

Halloween is approaching and that means tricks and treats for many little ghouls and goblins in Virginia. Whether your child is going trick-or-treating, to a trunk-or-treat event, or to a holiday party, Halloween is a special time for them. However, for children whose parents are divorced, this holiday can become more complex.

What factors do courts consider in child custody cases?

Sometimes divorcing parents in Virginia are able to negotiate a settlement regarding child custody and visitation issues out of court, while other times they cannot reach an agreement and turn to a judge to make the decisions. The court, in doing so, will base its decision on the best interests of the child. When determining what the child's best interests are, the court will consider a number of factors.

What is 'reasonable' versus 'fixed' visitation?

It is only natural that Virginia parents going through a divorce will want to end up with a child custody and visitation schedule that allows them both to have a meaningful relationship with their child. Therefore, visitation periods are very important to noncustodial parents. In general, visitation may be either "reasonable" or "fixed." Thus, it is important to understand what the difference between reasonable visitation and fixed visitation is.

Virginia courts leaning towards shared custody, study says

These days, more people are recognizing the important role a father plays in his child's life. Children need the time and opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship with both parents. Therefore, when it comes to divorce and child custody, courts in Virginia and nationwide are increasingly moving away from the presumption that the child's mother should have sole physical custody of the child.

What child custody arrangements are there in Virginia?

When it comes to divorce, child custody issues can be some of the most emotional issues parents in Virginia face. After all, they must concede to the fact that it is likely that there will be times when they do not see their child on a daily basis, as their child will be in the care of their ex. However, what is important is that any child custody decisions made are made with the best interests of the child in mind. There are three types of child custody arrangements to consider with regards to the care of the child.

Making a parenting plan work during the school year

When two parents in Virginia divorce, they will need to develop a parenting plan. This plan will address child custody and visitation. It is important that the child is able to form a strong bond with each parent. Divorce can be difficult for a child, so if the child's parents reach an agreement on how to share time with the child, it can provide the child with some much-needed stability.

Parents in Virginia can work together to devise a parenting plan

Child custody can be one of the most emotionally charged issues divorcing parents face. After all, parents seeking a divorce understand that they will likely not see their child every day once the split is complete. However, it is important to remember that for a child to grow and thrive, the child deserves to spend time with each parent, so that the child can cultivate a meaningful relationship with each parent. It's helpful for parents going through a divorce to try to keep their emotions calm, and work together to create a parenting plan that meets the child's best interests.

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