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Tag Archives: Judge David Bernhard

Child’s name changed to omit mom’s maiden name (access required)

A mother’s petition to change her minor child’s name by replacing her maiden name with the stepfather’s surname, while retaining the natural father’s surname, is approved. The change serves the child’s best interests because she is in therapy to deal ...

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‘Good cause shown’ in gun rights restoration case (access required)

Petitioner, a convicted felon whose civil rights have been restored, will have his right to possess firearms and ammunition reinstated because he has met Code § 18.2-308.2’s “good cause shown” standard as determined by the court’s evaluation of “a non-exhaustive ...

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Zoning Board failed to follow its own rules (access required)

Where the Board of Zoning Appeals granted reconsideration of its original decision beyond the seven-day deadline set by its by-laws, its subsequent decision was void. Background The Board of Zoning Appeals heard the landowners’ application on June 28, 2017, and ...

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Venue is appropriate for Attorney General’s suit (access required)

An internet lender will face a suit brought by the Virginia Attorney General in Fairfax County alleging violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. Background The commonwealth sued NC Financial Solutions of Utah LLC (“Net Credit”) for violations of the ...

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Attorney’s fees’ provision in student enrollment contract unconscionable (access required)

Flint Hill School’s enrollment contract requires the parent to pay the school’s fees and costs in any litigation, irrespective of which side prevails. In advance of a suit for breach of contract against the school, a parent sought a declaratory ...

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Va. Cir.: Support modification not doomed by father’s scant evidence (access required)

If facts could be gleaned from the existing record, a father seeking to modify support obligations wasn’t necessarily required to put on evidence of his children’s current needs, since the Child Support Guidelines include a rebuttable presumption of such needs. ...

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