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CAV: Husband adequately alleged desertion (access required)

The circuit court erred in finding a husband’s divorce complaint insufficient based on the husband’s apparent acquiescence in the separation. To state a claim for desertion, only the deserting party’s intentions must be adequately pled. Background Husband and Wife were ...

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CAV: Retirement balance properly assessed at separation (access required)

Although a retirement account partially containing marital property had a balance of zero by the time of the equitable distribution hearing, the circuit court properly applied the relevant statute in considering the account balance at the time the parties separated. ...

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CAV: Father wrongly excluded from adoption proceedings (access required)

Denying an incarcerated father’s request for transportation to his child’s adoption hearing, without offering him an alternative means to participate, was an abuse of the trial court’s discretion. Background On June 20, 2016, Appellee Shawn B. Foster, joined by his ...

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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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