Disputes regarding child custody must be decided by the court after a full hearing, which can be both expensive and time-consuming. The costs of a custody dispute can include the testimonies and evaluations of child psychiatrists and other witnesses, home visitations by court-employed social workers, the services of a court-appointed attorney known as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for the child, and other similar charges. The court hears a wide range of evidence about the parents’ abilities and the child’s needs before deciding what is in the “best interests of the child”. Child custody jurisdiction can be an important facet of some custody cases. The Virginia Child Custody Statute is the standard used in determining child custody.
Real Criteria for Deciding a Custody Case
Child custody is decided based on “the best interests of the child” in Virginia. The real sub-criteria of this decision seem to be essentially these:
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