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Termination of parental rights was in child’s best interests (access required)

The circuit court did not err in concluding that the entirety of the record, which included evidence and testimony that the father failed to comply with the Department of Social Services’ requirements and his own deficiencies, supported terminating his parental ...

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Failure to challenge all reasons for termination of parental rights leads to affirmance (access required)

At the conclusion of all the evidence, the circuit court held the mother’s parental rights should be terminated pursuant to several provisions of the Virginia Code. On appeal, the mother challenged some, but not all, of the reasons why the ...

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CAV: After custody switch, new child support order replaced old (access required)

After he was granted sole legal and physical custody of his child, an order granting a father’s petition for child support effectively terminated a previous order setting forth the father’s child support obligations. The old order had been entered when ...

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CAV: Brief appealing “adoption” goal lacks legal authorities (access required)

A mother’s opening brief lacked sufficient principles of law and legal authorities to merit review of the circuit court’s order finding a risk of abuse or neglect and approving the goal of adoption for her child. Background Mother and Father, ...

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CAV: No error in divorce; appellate fees granted (access required)

The circuit court did not err in its handling of the parties’ divorce, notwithstanding the husband’s 18 assignments of error on appeal. In particular, evidence supported both the court’s jurisdiction over the parties despite their long trips abroad and the ...

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CAV: 21-day rule prevented court from harmonizing orders (access required)

The trial court correctly held that, absent some reason why its order articulating a fixed pension annuity could not be enforced, it lacked jurisdiction to amend that order – even if the fixed amount therein didn’t match the percentage share ...

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