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Monthly Archives: April 2007

Criminal – Conditional Guilty Plea – Misdemeanor (access required)

Police action to detain defendant for the misdemeanor offense of driving on a suspended license required the officer to issue a summons, rather than make a custodial arrest, and an officer’s search of defendant after he fled from the custodial ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – Appeals – Rule 1:1 (access required)

A mother may not appeal a decision the trial court decision awarding father sole physical and legal custody of the parties’ child because she made no objection to the final decree and did not present the issues she raises on ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – Mom's Move (access required)

A trial court did not err in refusing husband’s request to change primary physical custody to him upon the mother’s decision to move with the nine-year-old child and her husband three hours away in Pennsylvania, where her husband had accepted ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Husband's Business (access required)

A divorce court could choose between conflicting expert evaluations of husband’s 20-percent interest in the business he had worked for as a civil engineer, and the trial court did not err in including the value of husband’s deferred compensation in ...

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Domestic Relations – Sanctions – Attorney's Fees – Interlocutory Order (access required)

A trial court order imposing $750 in attorney’s fees as sanctions on wife’s lawyer for pursuing multiple pendente lite motions is an interlocutory order that cannot be appealed where wife’s lawyer still represents wife in the suit. With respect to ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Alcohol Abuse (access required)

The appellate court affirms the termination of residual parental rights of a mother who abused alcohol and left her pre-school children unsupervised. The mother had a criminal history that included arrests for being drunk in public and driving while intoxicated. ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Best Interests (access required)

A trial court’s decision finding clear and convincing evidence to support termination of a father’s residual parental rights to his child is affirmed under Va. Code Sects. 16.1-283(C)(1) and 16.1-283(C)(2), as being in the child’s best interests. Sprouse v. Orange ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Mom's Incarceration (access required)

A mother who remained in contact with her child in foster care during her incarceration on marijuana distribution charges and who took education, vocational and parenting classes and underwent substance abuse evaluations while serving her five-year sentence has demonstrated a ...

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