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December 2012 

Family Law
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As a noncustodial parent, have you presumed that the custodial parent may only claim your children as dependents on income tax returns? Pursuant to the Code of Virginia, you may be able to.



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Interception of Wire, Electronic or Oral Communications



In divorce, custody/visitation and support matters, a party may wish to intercept wire, electronic or oral communications of the opposing party to gain an advantage in court. Be careful before recording such communications, as you may be violating the law.  


Child Income Tax Dependency Exemption 
 By Sara A. Lynch, Esq.


Termination of Parental Rights

Pursuant to Section 20-108.1 E. of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, in any proceeding regarding child support, the court shall have the authority to order a party to execute all appropriate tax forms or waivers to grant the other party the right to take the income tax dependency exemption for any tax year or future years for any child or children of the parties for federal and state income tax purposes.  


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