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Special visitation: Interacting digitally

As someone who lives far from your child, you may not have regular visitation time. You want to see your child and their activities, but it's hard when your job makes you travel the world. You most often have your child with you in the summer, but then, you aren't getting to see them throughout the year as much as you'd like.

For someone in your position, virtual visitation is a key component to successful parenting and visitation. Virtual visitation has many benefits, the primary benefit being that you can see your child from anywhere in the world. To encourage you and your child to have a strong relationship, here are three ways to use virtual visitation in your everyday life.

Your basic visitation rights as a non-custodial parent

When you are a biological parent of a child, you may or may not have legal custody of that child. Dealing with custody issues as a parent can be a very difficult and stressful thing to go through. Sometimes, custody battles can go on for years.

If you are struggling to get custody of your child, it is important that you understand how the law works in the state of Virginia so that you are well-equipped to take action when necessary.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie spar over child support

The end of a relationship is always difficult, even when couples in Virginia are committed to splitting as amicably as possible. When a divorce involves two wealthy individuals living under a microscope who have six children together, the potential for conflict is even more understandable. In fact, recent court filings regarding Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie question whether Pitt is paying an appropriate amount of child support.

The couple was married for two years before they separated in 2016. The time period since their separation has included several contentious interactions, even including allegations of abuse against Pitt. He has since been cleared of those allegations. In recent court filings, Jolie argues that Pitt has not contributed any meaningful child support since their separation, leaving her to shoulder the majority of the expenses related to the children.

Ways to support peaceful co-parenting

Divorces can be messy in Virginia and across the country. Even when both parties agree that ending a marriage or romantic relationship is in the best interest of all parties involved -- including the children -- the emotions often associated with the process can often complicate the decision-making process. However, when there are children involved, parents who are dedicated to peacefully co-parenting may be able to smooth the transition for their children, leading to interactions with less conflict.

While parents obviously must make decisions regarding how custody will be divided and whether child support will be paid, there are other decisions that parents can make to help reduce contention and conflict. For example, some parents agree that both parents can attend a child's activities. Additionally, they agree that neither parent will enroll the child in an activity that will involve the other parent's time and money without discussing it first.

Talking with children about divorce

Before couples in Virginia ultimately come to the conclusion that the best option is to end their marriage, there is likely a great deal of conversation and thought that occurs. Often, there is also a great deal of contention and hurt feelings that occur as well. Often, parents are left trying to decide how to talk with their children and what to say their children about the decisions to divorce.

It is understandable that children will have several questions about their parents' decision to end their marriage. Before answering these questions, some professionals recommend putting careful thought into what information parents are willing to provide. For example, knowing how much information that parents are willing to reveal can help provide parameters for the conversation.

The role of social media in a Virginia divorce

Twenty years ago, it may have been difficult for some people to predict the large role that social media would play in the lives of people in Virginia and across the country. Websites such as Facebook have completely changed how people conduct their business and maintain their personal and professional relationships. Unfortunately, some reports indicate that such sites may also be playing a role in divorce.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a large number of divorce filings in 2011 included the word "Facebook." In fact, statistics indicate that as many as a third of court filings included some sort of reference to the social media site. However, the number may be much higher now. Some reports indicate that the a majority of attorneys are seeing a rise in social networking during divorce proceedings.

Planning for a Virginia divorce

The vast majority of people who make the decision to marry do so with the intention of spending the rest of their lives with the person that they wed. However, people change over the course of their lives, sometimes significantly. These changes often mean that two people are no longer compatible, making a divorce the best option for everyone in a family.

In fact, some statistics indicate that Virginia has a relatively high divorce rate with approximately one in 10 making the decision to end their marriage. Though it is often the first step to a happier life, many people find it a difficult process. Fortunately, there are measures that people can take to ease the process.

Think beyond court-imposed penalties in felony cases

Criminal charges come with a lot of uncertainty. For people who are facing felony charges, the entire court process can be stressful. During this part of the case, the defendant might be focused on the penalties that the court might impose, such as incarceration, fines or probation. Although this is understandable, there is much more that the person needs to think about.

There are some consequences of felony convictions that continue longer than the court-imposed sentences. This can be hard for the defendant to realize during the court process, but they must take the time to think carefully about these consequences as they might impact the defense strategy.

Planning for the future with a prenuptial agreement

When a couple in Virginia makes the decision to marry, they are likely aware of the multiple decisions that they must make. For many, their focus is on the venue where the ceremony will be held and what food they will serve. However, many legal professionals urge engaged couples to consider creating a prenuptial agreement.

When some people get married, they already have a career and significant assets. Some may already have children that they wish to protect and ensure receive adequate care if something were to happen resulting in the parent's death. While some people may want to shy away from what could be a difficult conversation, having a prenup in place has many benefits.

Woman arrested for drunk driving after fatal Virginia crash

In the aftermath of a car accident, people may behave in unexpected ways. A trauma can often cause confusion, for example. Those who are injured in a crash may become disoriented and fail to fully understand what is happening to them. Unfortunately, police say that a young woman in Virginia has recently been arrested for drunk driving after she allegedly fled the scene of a crash.

The incident happened just before 1:30 a.m. on a day in early June. According to reports, a 59-year-old man was returning home from work, driving south on a Virginia interstate. However, police say that when he rounded a curved he struck a vehicle head-on. Reports claims that the driver of the second vehicle was headed north in the southbound lanes.

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