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  • The Court of Appeals upholds an or­der terminating the parental rights of a mother who had mental health issues and who was unresponsive to the prob­lems of her child, who, when he came to the attention of social service at age 15, weighed 33 pounds and could not feed himself, drink from a cup or ...

  • Although defendant presents a novel interpretation of Va. Code § 19.2-270.5, contending that the notice required un­der the statute should be tolled against the commonwealth because it was the proponent of the DNA evidence in this case, the Court of Appeals cannot con­sider his statutory speedy trial claim because a transcript of the speedy trial ...

  • A trial correctly considered the fac­tors under Va. Code § 20-124.3 rel­evant to its custody determination, and the Court of Appeals rejects the guardian ad litem’s appellate claim that the trial court erred in awarding primary physical custody to mother. The GAL also contends that because mother continued to violate court or­ders, the trial court ...

  • A trial court erred in not allowing mother to present evidence of her relationship with her child prior to mother’s incarceration on drug-re­lated charges, and then holding that mother had never had a relationship with the child; the Court of Appeal re­verses the circuit court order denying mother’s request for visitation and granting the paternal ...

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DISCLAIMER: David A. Cardon is an attorney at the Virginia Beach office of Cardon and Goodman, P.C. who concentrates his legal practice in traffic, criminal, and personal injury law. Mr. Cardon provides the materials contained above as a public service and on an informational basis only. These materials are not intended to be a comprehensive statement of Virginia law, and are not intended to convey legal advice.


If you have a legal problem, you should consult with an attorney in your area who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation. You can contact David Cardon at (757) 306-9060 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.