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    Virginia child custody laws can be found in the Domestic Relations Division, Title 20, Chapter 6.1, entitled Custody and Visitation Arrangements for Minor Children. Parents have a right to their child or children. In any child custody proceeding, the courts focus on the best interests of the child and fostering a relationship between the child and both parents. The Virginia law outlines the factors relied upon when the court determines the child’s best interest. Different child custody arrangements are available to the courts.

    Child Custody in Virginia

    Child custody deals with the relationship between the parent and child where the child is under the care, control, and protection by the parent or legal guardian. Child custody arrangements typically

    Child custody is a legal relationship between a parent and child, usually determined following a divorce or legal separation proceeding. Proceedings for child custody determine the responsibilities and obligations of each parent. These determinations include the primary residence of the child, visitation rights, and whether there will be joint or ...

    New Jersey law defines “child” as an individual who has not yet turned 18 years old, and a “child custody proceeding” is where legal custody, physical custody, or visitation is at issue and is being determined.

    Typically there are three (3) types of custody “contests” that begin child custody proceedings:
    1. Parent vs. Parent:

      Married: Parents who were once married and are now seeking a divorce or legal separation along with a custody proceeding.

      Unmarried: Parents who were never married and are going through child paternity proceedings.

    2. Parent vs. State: The fitness of the parents to raise their children is at issue where the state is terminating parental rights over the child.

    3. Parent vs. Third Parties: The child’s best interests and parents ability to provide and cater to the child’s interest is being questioned and challenged by another person not a parent to the child. The Parent’s fitness to raise the child must be challenged for a third party to seek custody.
    In each of the three contests, a “child custody determination” is sought where an order of a court by judgment, decree or other order provides for ...

    The Pennsylvania Child Custody laws can be found in Title 23 of the Pennsylvania Consolidate Statutes. Included in these sections is a thorough breakdown of case law that can be applied to answer questions concerning child custody laws in the state of Pennsylvania. Recently this Division has passed a new bill for child custody laws becoming effective January 24, 2011. This new bill will only apply to new custody actions; ultimately leaving the old laws applicable to cases that were previously filed in the system. The Superior of Court of Pennsylvania has stated that although there ...

    California child custody laws can be found in the Family Code Division 8 Part 2 which covers Custody of Children. The Code contains a breakdown of case law and specific issues that can provide answers for individual child custody questions.
    Child custody is a right that belongs to the parents. The main concern in any child custody proceeding is the best interest of the child and the child’s frequent and continued contact with both parents. There are many factors that are considered within the courts to determine the child’s best interest. Also, there are few different child custody options the court can issue.

    Child Custody in California

    Child custody refers to the care and major decision

    Child custody is the legal process of deciding how parental responsibilities will be divided between the divorcing parents. The issues decided during a child custody proceeding can include:
    - Which parent will provide the primary residence for the child;
    - Which parent has the ability to make decisions about the child’s medical treatment;
    - When and how the parent without custody may interact with the child (visitation); AND
    - If joint custody or sole custody is in the best interests of the child.

    Summary of Child Support Laws in New York

    Child custody laws are focused on the best interests of the child. Many times the court will consider the expressed wishes of the parents and children; however the best interests of the child will be given the highest priority.


    Child custody is the relationship that courts determine a parent has with the child after separation or divorce. The relationship will be defined by the duty of care that the parent has to the child. Custody of a child can be given to people other than a parent if it is in the best interests ...

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