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Va. Cir. Ct.: Nonparent Seeking Custody Must Show Harm to Child if Not Granted (access required)

R.H., a 9-year-old girl, had lived her entire life with her mother and maternal grandmother, in her grandmother’s spacious home. R.H. was in good health and well-adjusted, with no developmental delays. R.H.’s father, who currently lives in a one-bedroom home ...

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Va. Cir. Ct.: Court Retains Jurisdiction of Child-Custody Dispute (access required)

Despite the mother’s relocation to North Carolina, jurisdiction over divorcing parties’ child-custody dispute will remain in Virginia. After Plaintiff Devin Lipps (husband) and Defendant Amanda Lipps (wife) separated, wife moved to North Carolina with the couple’s minor child. In June ...

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Constitutional – Custody and Visitation – Fair Trial (access required)

Higgins v. Pearce (VLW No. 017-7-284, 11 pp.) (Alston, J) Appealed from Henrico County Circuit Court (Harris, J.) Va. App. Unpub. Holding:  Appellant parent challenges the trial court’s award of custody and visitation, contending that the court committed constitutional and ...

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Adoption – Preservation of Issue for Appeal – Petition to Set Aside Adoption (access required)

Castillo v. Bell (VLW No. 017-7-273, 4pp.) Record No. 0859-17-3. (Per Curiam, unpublished) Appealed from the Circuit Court of Rockbridge County (Filson, J.) Holding: Where the appellant-biological mother endorsed a final adoption order as “Seen and objected to” without further ...

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Rights Terminated for Drug Abuse, Family Violence (access required)

The Court of Appeals upholds termi­nation of a mother and father’s parental rights to two of their four young children, due to their inability to remedy issues concerning substance abuse, domestic vi­olence, inadequate shelter and parenting and supervisory skills. Mother ...

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