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Virginia judge includes golf-related terms in custody order

The range of terms child custody orders here in Virginia can contain is quite diverse. They can touch on all different kinds of issues regarding a divorced/split couple’s child, including things one might not normally associate with child custody. This is demonstrated by a recent Virginia child custody and visitation order that has caught the attention of the news media.

The order was issued by a judge in Loudoun County in relation to a child custody battle between the parents of a 10-year-old girl. The girl plays golf, and some golf professionals have described her as a prodigy/phenom. Her father is her coach.

Among the terms the child custody and visitation order contains are some terms related to golf. Specifically, some golf-related restrictions are put in place that are to apply for a year. Among these restrictions are:

  • Limits on how much the girl and her father can work on golf together per week.
  • A total restriction on the girl playing in golf tournaments.
  • A total restriction on the girl getting lessons from golf pros (her father is exempt from this total restriction).

As this underscores, child custody matters can end up touching on some very unique issues and child custody orders can get incredibly specific in the issues they address.

Given this, there can be an extensive amount of issues it can be important for divorcing parents to think about and be prepared to address when it comes to child custody matters regarding their children. Skilled attorneys can help divorcing parents with tailoring their child-custody-proceeding/negotiation preparations to their, their children’s and their family’s particular circumstances.

Source: WTOP, “Va. judge bans 10-year-old ‘phenom’ from golf in custody battle,” Neal Augenstein, July 1, 2016

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