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August 2019 Archives

Abuse and alienation in child custody cases

Despite the widely-held belief that fathers face discrimination in family courts in Virginia and across the country, some research indicates that they are actually favored, even when credible allegations of abused are raised by mothers. According to one study of over 2,000 child custody cases involving allegations of child abuse, domestic violence and parental alienation, researchers found that allegations of parental alienation were frequently held to trump abuse claims, even when children spoke about their own experiences of abuse. In the past, mothers were often assumed by default to be the more appropriate caregiver for a child. In seeking to correct that bias, some courts may overcorrect, even when abusive fathers are involved.

The main reasons couples get divorced

Divorce is often looked at in a very negative light, but there is nothing shameful about a couple going their separate ways if their relationship isn't working. According to a recent survey, the top reason why spouses in Virginia and throughout the U.S. decide to divorce is a lack of love and intimacy. Some partners said that they no longer had any feelings for their spouse while others reported that they felt no intimacy from the other party.

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