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CAV: TPR affirmed for father convicted of mother’s murder (access required)

Any procedural errors in the circuit court’s proceedings to terminate a father’s parental rights were harmless, as ample evidence showed that termination would be in the children’s best interests. Background In 2013, the circuit court issued a protective order prohibiting ...

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CAV: No error in $2,000 monthly support calculation (access required)

On cross-motions to modify an ex-husband’s child support obligations, the trial court did not err in crediting the wife’s testimony over the husband’s as to their respective financial circumstances or in awarding attorney’s fees to the wife. Background Appellant Philip ...

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Va. Cir.: TPR in foster child’s best interest (access required)

A father who had little involvement in his child’s life either before or during his incarceration had not taken any steps necessary to maintain residual parental rights to his 12-year-old son. His decision to remain in solitary confinement while incarcerated ...

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WDVA: Father must return child to Canada (access required)

A mother successfully petitioned for the return of her eight-year-old son. The parents had joint custody in Canada, but the child’s father unilaterally brought him to Roanoke to protect him from the effects of his mother’s extreme drug abuse. Background ...

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CAV: Divorce decree required splitting kids’ health costs (access required)

The divorcing couple’s property settlement agreement required the parties to split any uncovered medical costs incurred by their children while on their father’s health insurance policy, even if the children were no longer minors. Background Appellant Brian Green and Appellee ...

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CAV: Adoption affirmed, despite parents’ objection (access required)

A young child’s great aunt successfully petitioned to adopt the child, showing that the biological mother’s past violence, drug abuse, and mental health problems demonstrated that she withheld consent against the child’s best interests. Background Appellant Tina Tolley’s child was ...

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Va. Ct. App.: Bifurcated divorce decree was final (access required)

The court of appeals could review a divorce decree that the circuit court had bifurcated from ongoing litigation of spousal support, equitable distribution, and attorneys’ fees due to the 90-year-old husband’s failing health. Background After 54 years of marriage, Husband ...

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WDVA: Court abstains in Chinese bride’s support suit (access required)

The court was constrained to abstain from claims by a lawful permanent resident, in divorce proceedings with her estranged American husband, who sought to enforce the Affidavit of Support her husband had executed when they married pursuant to the Immigration ...

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CAV: Financial statements admitted as party-adopted (access required)

The trial court properly admitted retirement account statements that were effectively adopted by the wife in a divorce proceeding, subsequently using the balances on those statements to determine equitable distribution. Background Diane Gaspa appeals an equitable distribution award, arguing that ...

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CAV: Arrest video was admissible at TPR hearing (access required)

The trial court did not err in considering video of the father’s arrest during the termination hearing, or in declining to grant the father more time to remedy conditions requiring continued foster care for his baby daughter. Background B. was ...

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