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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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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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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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Va. Ct. App.: Despite retirement, no spousal support reduction (access required)

A former Secret Service agent must maintain the same support obligation as before he voluntarily retired. Although he had been depleting his savings and relying on his current wife to make payments, his ex-wife’s relative financial situation justified the status ...

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CAV: Marginal improvements too late to reverse TPR (access required)

An adoption plan for children who suffered significant abuse and neglect while living with their biological parents will not be disturbed, despite the father’s new employment and substance-free status. Background Appellant Daniel Ray Essenmacher shared two minor children with Tymatha ...

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CAV: Placement with extended family not required (access required)

Termination of parental rights was not plainly wrong, despite the mother’s contention that the Department should have further investigated potential placement of her children with extended family members. Background Following an evidentiary hearing, the circuit court terminated the residual parental ...

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SCV: Ruling in pending action no basis for res judicata (access required)

A circuit court’s decision was not grounds for res judicata in a separate action, when the earlier matter remained pending on the court’s docket and contained no other language indicating it was a final decision on the merits. Background In ...

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