Divorcing When You Have Children From Your Current Marriage AND a Previous One—Special Considerations

Modern families increasingly include children from two or more parents. These families face unique complications upon divorce. Suddenly, already complicated custody and support negotiations become even more confusing. Struggling to make sense of your divorce and the future it will create for each of your children? Keep the following essential considerations in mind: Custody Custody […]

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Divorcing When You Have a Special Needs Child: Strategies for a Fair and Safe Outcome

Many couples remain in troubled marriages far longer than advisable, simply because they fear the impact of a bitter divorce on their special needs children. Although understandable, this approach arguably puts these children through even more grief. Keep reading to learn more about special considerations in special needs divorces: Visitation: Minimizing Adjustments Many families schedule […]

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How to Prevent Divorce From Impairing Your Performance at Work

Divorce causes turmoil both in your home life and on the job, where the stress of custody hearings and depositions may leave you unable to give 100 percent. Your compromised performance could lead to undesirable feedback, demotion, or worst of all, job loss. Your job could be the one element of stability that remains in […]

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“Building Bridges” and Other Approaches to Resolving Parental Alienation

Psychiatrist Richard Gardner, who coined the term parental alienation syndrome (PAS), initially argued that mothers were more likely to perpetuate PAS than fathers. He later claimed, “In the last few years I have seen a shift that has brought the ratio now to 50-50.” Regardless of gender, economic status, bond with the children, or other factors, no […]

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Coming to Terms With a Divorce Court Order That You Don’t Like

Divorce is about compromise; nobody walks away fully satisfied. But what if you made most of the compromises, and your ex received the better deal? Modification may be possible down the road, but for now, inner peace will only arrive if you make the most of your present situation. These tips will help you come […]

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Visitation ideas

6 Amazing Things to Do With Your Child in Virginia in May

You’ve been awarded visitation time, but you’re stumped on how to spend it. This month, make the most of this opportunity by enjoying one of these Virginia activities with your child: Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival For ninety years, Winchester’s Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has ushered in spring. The ten-day event offers numerous activities for families, […]

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5 Must-Listen-To Podcasts About Life as a Newly Single Parent

Life as a single parent can be a terrifying, but ultimately fulfilling journey. You may currently feel alone and overwhelmed, but in this age of internet and mobile connectivity, you enjoy access to a huge community of fellow single parents. When you listen to podcasts specifically designed for single parents, you’ll find valuable advice about […]

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Extracurricular activities and child support

People who are divorcing negotiate child support based on the child’s basic needs: Food, shelter and clothes. To help determine the amount of the child support order, Virginia courts use the child support guidelines approved by the state’s General Assembly. The guidelines take into consideration the needs of the child as well as each parent’s […]

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