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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on

Q: In virginia if I have sole custody of a child do I have to go to court to change the previous order?

Want to have joint custody with father. Have sole custody of child. Father was to take classes hasnt but he has changed and would be in best interest for child to reside with father. Do we have to go to court to grant each other joint custody?

Tara Candela R.N., Esq. answered on Jan 18, 2015

To have the order officially changed, yes. But unless there is something in the original order preventing your child from staying with his father, you could always test out your theory before making major changes. Seek a family law attorney out to evaluate the specifics of your case, and to give... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Virginia on

Q: Do you think I can get full rights of my daughter back?

At 18yrs I got preg at 20,21 yrs old I signed part custody over to my mother who had a great job making great money and could take way better care of her at the time then I could, now my mother has lost her job, drinks alcohol even got a drunk n public last year at her home, our court order states... Read more »

Tara Candela R.N., Esq. answered on Jan 11, 2015

You will have to show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the custody order was entered, and you will have to show that living with you is in your daughter's best interest. If you truly believe it's in your daughter's best interest to live with you now, I encourage you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Virginia on

Q: I'm owed 47,000 and the guy wrote me a bad check for 6500. What can I do? How do I file in circuit court?

I have a notarized agreement. Do I need to send him a letter demanding payment?

Tara Candela R.N., Esq. answered on Jan 11, 2015

You will need to file in Circuit Court due to the amount. Some court websites have a great deal of information to assist the public with filing. You can try to look there first, or contact an attorney for assistance. Unfortunately, if this guy wrote you a bad check for $6500, you may have some... Read more »

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