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Mary G. Commander

Mary Commander’s Legal Guides

51 total

  • Domestic Violence Conviction And The Servicemember (The Lautenberg Amendment)

    In 1996 the Gun Control Act of 1968 was amended by Congress to make it a federal felony for persons convicted of domestic violence offenses to possess firearms and prohibibiting anyone from providing weapons to such persons. The "Lautenberg Amendment" (18 U.S.C. Section 922 (g) (...

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  • Delegation of Military Visitation Rights in Virginia

    Delegation of Military Visitation Rights in Virginia The 2011 Virginia General Assembly passed an amendment to the "Virginia Military Parents Equal Protection Act (Virginia Code Section 20-124.7, et seq.) permits the delegation of visitation rights to a military parent who is dep...

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  • Child Custody, Visitation and Child Support in Virginia

    Child Custody, Visitation and Child Support in Virginia Visitation with a child and the duty to support that child are separate issues in the law. There cannot a refusal to pay support because visitation has been denied or delayed nor can visitation be denied because support paym...

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  • Social Media And Divorce

    Social Media And Divorce One of the primary sources for damaging evidence in divorce cases often comes from you yourself. Sometimes, it can be in the form of what you do or what you say. Often, it can be in the form of what you say and do and then post online for the world to see...

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  • Rights of Unmarried Fathers in Virginia

    Rights of Unmarried Fathers in Virginia Some states define the term Father by statute. Virginia does not. Virginia has established a Putative Father Registry which is a statewide database. You can register online at www.dss.viginia.gov/family/ap/putative_fatherhood. Registration...

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  • Who Has To Report Child Abuse or Neglect in Virginia?

    Who Has To Report Child Abuse or Neglect in Virginia? Parents often come to the attention of the Department of Social Services and the courts by way of reports from "mandatory reporters", those who are required by law to make reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. The list...

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  • What Constitutes Child Abuse or Neglect in Virginia?

    What Constitutes Child Abuse or Neglect in Virginia? Child Abuse and Neglect are defined by statute in Virginia. Physical Abuse Virginia Code 63.2-100 Abused or neglected child means any child younger than age 18: Whose parents or other person responsible for his or her care ...

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  • Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse in Virginia

    Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse in Virginia Use of drugs by parents can lead to many lapses in parenting, in addition to outright abuse of children. The use or possession of drugs, in and of itself, however can lead to a finding of child abuse even without a showing of some over...

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  • Adoption Placement

    Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption Adoption in Virginia is governed by statutes that must be strictly complied with. There are specific rules regarding who may adopt, who may be adopted and who can place a child for adoption. Who May Adopt Virginia Code 6...

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  • Virginia Infant Safe Haven Law

    Infant Safe Haven Law Parents have the ability, without the prospect of criminal or civil liability, of delivering their infant child to a "safe haven". Infant's Age Virginia Code 18.2-371.1; 40.1-103 A child may be relinquished within the first 14 days after his or her birth...

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