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How Does The Court Decide The Amount Of Spousal Support Or Alimony?

In Virginia, spousal support or alimony is determined by a Court using the following factors which are set forth in the spousal support statute, called Virginia Code Section 107.3. I will quote the statute's factors. A court is bound to consider the follow factors below.

Factors To Consider In Support Of Moving Your Children.

If you want to move your children out of the school district, city, county, state, or country, you better have some good reasons. Courts look skeptically of parents who want to move the kids away from the other parent. Judges scrutinize your motives. Are you moving because you believe it will improve the quality of life for your children while being able to maintain contact with the other parent? Or are you moving to get away from the other parent? Are you moving to reduce the time and involvement of the other parent with the children? This can be proven by evidence of your being cooperative with the other parent and that the moving party has demonstrated a willingness to make all efforts to substantially maintain the relationship between the kids and the non-moving party. The moving party has encouraged the non-moving party to see the children. The moving party has kept the non-moving party informed of the child's school, medical, extra-curricular activities. If the moving parent has a history of good faith , then the court will most likely be more receptive to the party seeking to move the children.

Legal Custody - Different Types Of Legal Custody

I have discussed two types of legal custody. Recall that legal custody means which parent makes major decisions relating to the children. There is sole legal custody in which one parent makes major decisions relating to the children and the other parent has no input into the decision. Then, there is joint legal custody where both parents must make major decisions relating to the children together and one parent cannot make the decision on his or her own.

Legal Custody

I have discussed two types of legal custody. Recall that legal custody means which parent makes major decisions relating to the children. There is sole legal custody in which one parent makes major decisions relating to the children and the other parent has no input into the decision. Then, there is joint legal custody where both parents must make major decisions relating to the children together and one parent cannot make the decision on his or her own. Finally, I discussed seeking a professional's help in decision making.

Couples that don't match in looks may be more likely to divorce

Virginia residents who are married may want to take a good look in the mirror. Experts say that attractiveness matters in marriage, especially if one spouse is significantly more attractive than the other. Research has shown that men who marry women who are "out of their league," or physically more attractive than their husbands, are at higher risk of winding up divorced.

Parents may come to custody terms outside courtroom

As you know, a great deal of effort goes into parenting. While you may have had the other parent for help and support when needed, you know that arrangement is going to change now that you have decided to divorce. Still, if you and the other parent can work amicably together, you may have the chance to create a parenting plan that works for both of you and the kids.

How Can You And Your Ex Resolve Custody Matters? Part 2 of 2

You and your spouse should work diligently to resolve custody matters so that you can avoid a court custody battle. But how can the two of you resolve custody issues if you have never done it before? In the last blog, I discussed the process of sitting down with your spouse In this blog, I will address retaining an expert in child related matters.

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