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Looking for a child custody alternative? Try 'nesting'

Virginia parents who are divorcing may assume that the obvious, and indeed the only, choice they have is to establish two households, wherein the child will shuttle back and forth between, depending on which parent has custody or visitation at the time. That being said, parents getting a divorce also want to minimize the stress the situation causes their child. For this reason, some parents are adopting a rather unconventional child custody arrangement: nesting.

Attorneys are prepared to address your child custody issues

When married parents in Virginia divorce, or unmarried parents break-up, it not only significantly impacts their lives -- it means big changes for their child's life too. After a divorce or break-up, children must get used to living in two separate households and only being in the care of one parent at a time. This can be very stressful for a child to get through, even if the divorce or break-up is amicable. Therefore, most parents in these situations want to see that their child's best interests are protected.

Custody decisions made during divorce can change your life

We all understand the stresses associated with divorce. It seems like there are countless decisions that need to be made including property division, possible spousal support or alimony, and if children are involved, child custody and child support.

Parents can help their kids cope with divorce

As we go through divorce, we do everything we can to try to make it easier for our children. We do our best to keep the lines of communication open and watch to make sure there are no negative effects on our kids. Although there is no way to completely shield them from the ups and downs of divorce, we can give them some helpful tips along the way.

Can grandparents in Virginia seek custody of their grandchildren?

When parents choose to divorce or separate, it isn't just the obvious immediate parties -- parents and children -- who are affected. Other members of the family may be affected as well, including grandparents.

Changes in income affect child support

Virginia residents may be curious about how changes in the income of a former spouse may affect their child support responsibilities. There are many factors that contribute to a child support decision, but the payments are often simple calculations based on each parent's income adjusted for the amount of direct care each parent provides to the children after the divorce. A change in the circumstances of either parent can trigger an adjustment in child support expectations.

'Bachelor in Paradise' star in custody battle

Virginians who have followed Amanda Stanton through her appearances on "The Bachelor" and subsequently on "The Bachelor in Paradise" likely know that she became engaged to Josh Murray during the second show. Stanton has two children who she shares with her ex, and he has now filed motions to modify the child custody and child support orders that are currently in place.

Child custody reform bills becoming popular

Virginia parents who are divorcing may appreciate the fact there is a push for child custody reform in many states across the country, and some states have enacted legislation. Missouri is the latest state to do so. Other states that also have reform laws include South Dakota, Minnesota and Utah. Arizona issued a policy proposal encouraging a more egalitarian treatment of child custody in 2010, and that has been deemed to be a success.

Primary caregivers and child custody

When deciding on child custody matters during a divorce, a judge will often give physical custody to the parent who serves as the primary caretaker of the child. Any Virginia resident who is seeking custody of his or her child will benefit from understanding how being a primary caregiver can affect a child custody decision.

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