Modifications in child custody may be warranted

On behalf of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

After your divorce is final and all of the child custody issues have been hammered out, have you ever wanted to modify the agreement because you feel that it would be in the best interest of your child? A St. Paul, Minnesota, father may be asking for full custody after an incident last week.

According to the father, he currently shares custody of his 8-year-old daughter with his ex-wife. She has the girl during the week and spends the weekends with him. Late last week, the father received a call from the child's mother saying, "You better come pick up your daughter. I really (messed) her up this time." The girl's father then called police to the mother's house.

According to the criminal complaint, the father went to the house to pick up his daughter and reported that she had a bloody nose and bruises on her face. The girl told her father that her mother had gotten mad at her and pushed her to the floor, punched and slapped her face because she thought she was lying about doing her homework.

This is an extreme example of a potential custody case that has gone wrong. In Virginia, a modification to a custody order may be available if there is a major change that affects the child's life, or if a significant change of circumstances makes the original agreement not workable. It is important to understand child custody issues and the process used by the Virginia Courts to determine child custody.

Only a qualified family law attorney can help you understand your rights and options in modifications and the most effective way to obtain one. An attorney understands the decision-making process and the laws used in child custody cases to help you make the best decision for you and your family.

In the case of the St. Paul girl, the mother is currently in jail and her next court appearance is scheduled for February 9.

Source: Pioneer Press, "St. Paul woman beat daughter over homework, charges say," Emily Gurnon, Jan. 27, 2012

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