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Birdnesting is a unique approach to child custody

Parents in Virginia who are going through a divorce may want to make joint custody work, so that they can both play a meaningful role in the day-to-day upbringing of their child. However, joint custody does not always mean that the child must be shuffled from one house to another every week. In one unique child custody arrangement known as "birdnesting," the child stays put in the family home, and it is the parents who take turns living there with the child and residing in a separate apartment when it is not their time to have custody of the child.

Codeine can lead to possession charges but can cold medicine?

It is well-known that certain illicit substances have the potential to cause substantial harm, and thus possession of these substances is illegal. Some of these dangerous substances include heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. However, sometimes even the possession of prescription or over-the-counter drugs can be illegal in Virginia under federal law.

How to prepare for the property division process

When a couple in Virginia decides to end their marriage, they will need to make some important decisions regarding the division of their assets and liabilities. These decisions can affect their entire future post-divorce. It is important for each party to be prepared with the right information before property division negotiations begin.

Virginia bill would change penalties for certain DUI offenses

Police and prosecutors in Virginia take drunk driving seriously, and generally want to ensure that those who drive under the influence are punished accordingly. Lawmakers also recognize that drunk driving is a serious issue in the commonwealth, and some of them are looking to impose harsher penalties for those who commit certain DUI offenses.

Even seemingly minor drug crimes should be taken seriously

While people in Virginia may understand that felony drug charges are a serious affair, they may not take lesser drug offenses very seriously. However, this can be a mistake. This is because even a minor drug offense can lead to fines and, more seriously, the suspension of a person's driver's license. Without a driver's license, a person might be unable to go about their daily activities, such as driving to work, running errands and more. In fact, without reliable transportation, a person might even lose their job. It is very important to take all drug crimes seriously.

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