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- Miyares & Knight, P.C.
- Assistant Public Defender
- Norfolk Public Defender's Office
- University of Richmond School of Law
- J.D. (2003)
- Old Dominion University
- B.S. (2000) | Political Science
- Virginia State Bar  # 65755
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- Q. I'm moving to Canada and I have no court order to even have visitation of my son how do I make it so he can visit me?
- A: Moving to Canad is a significant chamge in circumstances since the Court last made a custody decision 5 years ago. Based on the chang in circumstances, you can petitin the court to modify the visitation schedule from the prior order. You should consult with an attorney to help you pursue the best optins in your particular situation.
- Q. what happens if a parent isn't following a visitation order to see his children?
- A: The court has no power to force a noncustodial parent to exercise visitation. When the court orders visitation, it is ensuring that the noncustodial parent is not denied an opportunity to spend time with their children. If the parent chooses to jot take that opportunity and chooses to not see their children, the court can’t force them to visit.
- Q. Hi there, I live in Marion VA. I have a daughter that is 15 years old. Can she have say so in visitation?
- A: One of the statutory factors a Virginia court must consider in visitation orders is the preference of the child in light of the child’s age and maturity level. Therefore, the court would not have put much weight on the preference of a 6 year old child, the court would give more consideration to the preference of a 15 year old child along with all the other factors the court must consider. You should consult with a family law attorney to discuss the specifics of your case and to discuss your options, including the possibility of returning to court to modify the visitation order. Good luck
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