Q: If my wife adopted my child and we get divorced can she take them from me
A: An adoption confers on her the legal rights and responsibilities as a parent.
Va. Code § 20-124.2 says "B. In determining custody, the court shall give primary consideration to the best interests of the child. The court shall assure minor children of frequent and continuing contact with both parents, when appropriate, and encourage parents to share in the responsibilities of rearing their children. As between the parents, there shall be no presumption or inference of law in favor of either. The court shall give due regard to the primacy of the parent-child relationship but may upon a showing by clear and convincing evidence that the best interest of the child would be served thereby award custody or visitation to any other person with a legitimate interest. The court may award joint custody or sole custody."
The best interests of the child are defined by the factors at Va. Code § 20-124.3.
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