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Real help for people involved in child custody -- initial determination of custody or change of custody -- or divorce. This listing of individuals, groups, companies, services, organizations and professionals can make a difference today. Just starting or starting over -- this is the place to begin.

How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up     

How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up is a book for young children about coping with regular visitation to separate parents, especially long-distance visitation. Written in very simple language arising from the point of view of a young boy who had a hard time adjusting to the stress of traveling back and forth to visit his mother. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up offers more than just a mere advisory text - it has point-by-point observations, travel safety tips, and numerous fun activities to pass the travel time. Click here to see the Table of Contents. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up is highly recommended reading, and a great resource for any parent having to take a child on a long-distance trip to visit friends and relations.  Available at

Virginia State Bar Association (804) 775-0500

Eighth & Main Building
707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, VA 23219-2800
Children and Divorce
Spare the Child

Virginia Lawyer Referral Service

(800) 552-7977 (Statewide)
(804) 775-0808 (Richmond, VA)
Voice/Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: (804) 775-0502

For assistance in finding a lawyer.

Mothers Without Custody
P.O. Box 36, Woodstock, IL 60098
P.O. Box 27417, Houston, TX 77227-7418
    Provides support and information on the national "Mothers Without Custody" and has information for starting support groups dealing with custody related issues. The purpose of Mothers Without Custody is: To enhance the quality of life for our children by strengthening the role of the non-custodial parent in regard to custody, child support, visitation, and parenting. To provide a self-directed network and an outlet for the sharing of experiences for mothers without physical custody of their children for any of the following reasons:

    Voluntary exchange of custody
    Coerced voluntary exchange of custody
    Court rulings
    Child(ren) being abducted by the father
    Child(ren) opting to live with the father
    State intervention
    To educate and inform the public of issues affecting the non-custodial mother and her children in order to dispel biases against children and parents who do not have physical custody. To serve as liaison between organizations and individuals that promote children's health, happiness, and well-being, and that of mothers without custody. To cooperate with local, state, and national officials to further the well-being, health, and happiness of our children. To carry out such lawful association activities as a majority of the board of directors may direct. Pamphlets, books, shirts, informational packets - please call for details! Mother-To-Mother: a 16 page, quarterly support newsletter. $25 annual membership fee.

Private Investigator Security Section (804) 786-4700
    Department of Criminal Justice Services, P.O. Box 10110, Richmond, Virginia 23240-9998

Parenting at a Distance
Staying in touch with the children who live in your heart but not in your home.
    As a bipolar mother I will never have custody of my children. That is the hardest thing I had to accept. Parenting at a Distance helps me send them activities that will help them remember me with some happy memories. I am getting better and they are getting older. Some day there will be an opportunity for us to sit together. I will tell them how much joy I found in putting together their projects and I hope they will be able to tell me how much they enjoyed my efforts. Really a good book. Meghan Morris --Letter to the publisher
    Parenting at a Distance, has been a great resource for me. At first the mother of my son didn't want to help me communicate with the kids. The fact that I had a plan for contact with them and was consistent won her over. I think she gets as much a kick out of the seeing what will be in the next package as the boys do. Ken Richards --Weekend Fathers Newsletter.

American Prosecutors Research Inst-Child Abuse (703) 549-4253

99 Canal Center Plaza #510, Alexandria VA 22314-1588

Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders (CPOs) By State is a unique online service that can help you win custody, change custody, or reduce child support. ParentingTime is used every day by thousands of parents and families worldwide. ParentingTime is an online custody calendar that allows you to easily schedule and track parenting time as well as monitor compliance with your custody arrangement. Find out more here, or try the Demo to experience ParentingTime for yourself.

Win Your Child Custody War  13th Edition, 2011 Shipping Now!

Over 800 triple-columned pages of vital information about fighting for custody of your children. This book is for parents facing a vicious or dangerous person on the other side. Topics include your child having an attorney of his or her own, who must listen to the child's wishes, admit-deny to pin down the lies once and for all, how to keep your job from losing your child custody case, home study, psychological evaluation, false accusations of child abuse, dealing with real child abuse, Parental Alienation Syndrome, how to turn hearsay into documented evidence, hiring a great attorney and grounds for suing a bad one, the difference between issues and non-issues, how to produce contact logs that will help rather than hurt your case and much more. In most cases the other parent does not win custody you lose custody. This book won't let that happen to you. Information about fathers' rights, mothers' rights, grandparent rights and attorneys. This manual has been on the market longer, and is updated more often, than any other available. Click here to see how parents, grandparents and professionals Praise this manual. For people going through a divorce or the never-married parent. This is not a cheap download. It is an expensive manual. It costs less than 1/2 hour with a good attorney and gives you hundreds and more topics than any other product.  Available at the biggest,  Google the fastest delivery, and PayPal the most popular.

Livesay & Myers, P.C.            (540) 370-4140

1315 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

Lawyers handling child custody, visitation cases in Circuit and Juvenile Courts for Woodbridge, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg, Virginia, VA.

Stone Wall Forensic Audio & Video Services (936) 642-1818
Evans and Kitchens Law Office
    P. O. Box 855, Groveton, Texas 75845
    Stone Wall offers a state-of-the-art recording studio owned by practicing attorney offers forensic audio and video services including -- transfer of micro-cassette (answering machine) to cassette tape and compact disk format transfer of cassette tape to compact disk format clean up and enhancement of recorded conversation, including removal of tape hiss, hums, background noises and transcription of conversations preparation of cassette tape and/or compact disk trial exhibits indexing relevant passages/portions of the recorded media video editing for mediation purposes video editing for trial purposes preparation of exhibits for mediation and trial.

    Extensive civil and criminal trial and appellate experience, both alone and as part of legal teams and both as prosecution (plaintiff) and defense, in District Courts in Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Houston, Angelina and surrounding counties including cases ranging from capital murder to forcible entry and detainer, family law, collections, personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice and deed restrictions.

    Numerous video and audio presentations for mediation and trial. References of judges, clients and other attorneys available upon request.
    Stone Wall's Chief Recording Engineer brings over 16 years of recording studio experience in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas in addition to working with Travis Kitchens in forensic audio the last three years. A detailed resume is available upon request. Reasonable rates and expedited service when necessary.

Resources for Stepdads:

Stepfathers on

Seven Steps to Being a Better Stepdad

Stepfathering on

Stepdad on – National Center on Fathering

TheStepfamilyLife’s Links for Stepdads

Dear Judge, Reviews Spot on YouTube

    This book can reassure parents doing the right things, and has opened the hearts of an angry, self-centered parents, allowing them to put the needs of the children before their own desires. Parents often think they know what is going on in the hearts of their children, and are stunned to discover how much children see, hear and know. Get this book to see how children express their concerns. Give this book to someone who needs to know how the children feel. You will see your children in these letters. The letters are funny, sad, happy, hopeful and amazing. This book is has 190 letters. PayPal   Google

    Review of the web site that has books for parents and children.

Mary G. Commander, Attorney & Mediator       (757) 533-5400

5442 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509

Over 25 years of providing quality family law representation.

Court Watch (301) 856-9225
    Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, Court Watch may be available for women who fear misrepresentation in the courtroom. Court Watches consist of groups of men and women, dressed in business suits, who sit quietly in the back of the courtroom and take notes. The purpose is to let the court personnel and others present know that they are being watched, and that they will be held accountable for their behavior and decisions. The presence of a large and highly visible group of people is very effective. It also provides a source of support and empowerment for the woman who requests it. Information about Court Watches, including volunteering, assistance and referrals for Court Watches in other states is available.

Connect with a Local Divorce Lawyer (866) 200-5399

While divorce can be a physically and mentally exhausting experience, you need to make sure that you protect yourself legally if you do choose to get a divorce. Having a divorce lawyer on your side to help you with the legal aspects of your divorce while you focus on the other aspects of your divorce is an important part of the process, and Total Divorce can help you take care of this step in no time.
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P.A.R.E.N.T. International (757) 497-0042
    P.O. Box 62585, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

    International Child abduction information, resources and  assistance. Non-profit 501 (c 3) with the ability to assist parents,  law enforcement, lawyers, psychologists and others involved in  international child abduction. Global resources.

Law Offices of Diane Fener, P.C. T (757) 496-6596 F (757) 496-2391
    125 St. Paul's Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23454

    Information regarding Divorce, Custody, Support, and Juvenile Criminal Courts for Hampton Roads, Virginia including a general explanation of the laws governing divorce, custody, support, and juvenile justice as applied in the Cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, and Newport News.

Divorce Law Information Service Center (301) 596-8818
5430 Lynx Lane, Suite 135, Columbia, VA 21044-2302
    The Divorce Law Information Center is an on-line source of divorce law information for no-fault divorce pro se parties in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A complete no-fault divorce kit and separation agreement kit is available for purchase on-line. The Divorce Law Information Service Center is a comprehensive source of law information for all 50 states, with detailed information for the states of Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.

Mediate-Tech, Inc. / Lickson (540) 636-8900
P.O. Box 607, Front Royal, VA 22630-0607
    Charles P. Lickson, J.D., Ph.D. Mediator (Attorney) Former trial attorney. Founder of Mediate-Tech, Inc., a major mediation, training and consulting firm. Virginia Supreme Court Certified. Degrees in Law and Counseling. Member of Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, Academy of Family Mediators, American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution. Author of four books, including "Ironing It Out: Seven Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict" (Crisp Publications).

Forensic Psychology Associates, L.L.C.

Forensic Evaluations (804)739-4669
13618 Hull Street Road., Ste. 108, Midlothian, VA 23112

Trial Consultations (804) 741-4500
9603-C Gayton Road, Ste. 201, Richmond, VA 23233
    Licensed Clinical Psychologists specializing in forensic evaluations, capital sentencing & emotional injury valuations, juvenile evaluations, jury selection & trial consultation. A group practice of licensed clinical psychologists in central Virginia who specialize in psychological services to attorneys and the courts.

Virginia Alliance for the Mentally Ill (800) 484-7753 (Code 8264) (804) 225-8264
P.O. Box 1903, Richmond, VA 23218
    The NAMI Consumer and Family Guide to Schizophrenia Treatment1 gives patients and families information about treatment that has been shown to work. While other interventions may also be helpful, an extensive body of research, analyzed by leading experts in schizophrenia, shows that the treatments and services. The first step in identifying the best treatment for you or your loved one is getting the right diagnosis. These treatment recommendations presume an accurate diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Child Custody Witness Guide for Deposition or in Court
    Essential to giving the testimony you need to give. Critical for the witnesses you are counting on. Important for all types of cases and essential for child custody and divorce cases. You only get one chance to protect your fathers rights, mothers rights or grandparent rights in court. Avoid the tricks and traps of questioning. This books fast easy solution will let you watch the effectiveness of your case skyrocket! This book is 5 1/2" X 9" with more than 230 pages.  

Mothers At Home (800) 783-4666 (703) 827-5903
8310A Old Courthouse Road, Vienna, VA 22182
    Is the nation's largest and oldest national nonprofit organization supporting mothers who have chosen, or would like to choose, to beat home to nurture their families. MAH reaches out to women like you -- women who struggle to balance the challenges, hard work, and sheer joy of raising children. Our advertisement-free, award-winning monthly publication, Welcome Home, is written by and for mothers with a continually growing readership of over 28,000. MAH has also published several books, What's a Smart Woman Like You Doing at Home?, Discovering Motherhood and Motherhood: Journey Into Love. MAH furthers the interests of women who are at home through public policy, advocacy and media outreach.

Fathers United for Equal Rights and Women's Coalition
    P.O. Box 1323, Arlington, VA 22210-1323 (703) 451-8580
    28 Lyndhurst Court, Sterling, VA 20165 (703) 444-3726
    7710 Jansen Dr., Springfield VA 22152-2420 (703) 451-9321
    4500 S Four Mile Run Dr #303, Arlington VA 22204-3534
    Post Office Box 1323, Arlington VA 22210-1323 (703) 451-8580
    661 Mt Vernon Ave, Portsmouth VA 23707 (804) 397-6853
    4946 Morwanda Ave Nw, Roanoke VA 2(401) 7-4224 (804) 986-0733
    600 Shawnee Trail, Blacksburg VA 24060-8858 (703) 231-6363
    1610 Dena Dr., Richmond VA 23229-4609 (804) 288-1430
    8207 Fredonia Rd., Richmond VA 23227-1533 (804) 266-7557
    7403 Lisle Ave, Falls Church VA 22043-1015 (703) 356-3106

Virginia Fatherhood Initiative (757) 545-DADS
PO Box 13465, Chesapeake, VA 23325
    We, the members of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, hereby dedicate ourselves and our efforts to the creation of a family law system, legislative system, and public awareness which promotes equal rights for ALL parties affected by divorce, and the breakup of a family or establishment of paternity. It is our belief that through our involvement and dedication, we can have a positive effect on the emotional and psychological well-being of children.

National Association State Vocal Org. (804) 946-2236

Post Office Box 1204, Amher Street, VA 24521

Child Custody Case Management Forms
    2010 Edition. Chapters include forms that will help you 'Get a Handle on Your Situation', deal with 'The Professionals', institute and maintain control, 'Case management', and give you 'Examples of Legal Forms'. Fathers Rights and Mothers Rights groups encourage dads and moms to use the 'Incident Report Forms' and an observer to defuse potentially explosive confrontations. The 'Condition of the Child Form' is excellent for creating a paper trail to prove real charges or disprove false abuse charges. Other forms include Contact Problem and Incident List, Evidence to Disprove Statements, Equipment & Service Options, Witness Practice - Review, Evaluating the professionals, Authorization for Child’s Medical Care, Temporary Delegation of Parental Authority, Trip Permission. Essential to the effective management of the most important event in your life. The control you gain and maintain can help with child custody or divorce. This book is 8 1/2" X 11" and contains more than 320 examples and forms. Undated every year. Click here to see more information.

The Rutherford Institute (804) 978-3888
Post Office Box 7482, Charlottesville, VA 22906
    A Christian legal organization which defends family rights against things like false allegations of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.

Coalition for Parental Equality (703) 476-8354

1993 Lakeport Way, Herndon VA 20191-5439

The Private Investigators Association of Virginia, Inc. (703) 960-2810
    P.O. Box 1115, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
    This association was incorporated in Virginia on July 13, 1982 to enhance and improve the private investigation profession. We are dedicated to increase the influence, promote the interests, and raise the standards of the profession.

Grandparents United for Children's Rights (703) 659-1095
3235 Aquia Dr., Stafford VA 22554

Killers & Boosters for Child Custody Cases
(Attitude Adjustment for Child Custody Case Litigants)
    Advice is usually given by people without the real information or life experience, with the right intention at the wrong time. With this book you can take advice when you want it and ready to hear it. You can act on what you have learned, mull it over or discard the advice altogether without interference. This book will not allow you to give the opposition power you might imagine but that they do not really have or let you allow others to diminish the importance you play in your children s lives. Divorce is never easy, this will help. This book has been called 'Chicken Soup' for the Child Custody Case. It will help a lot and it certainly can't hurt. This book is 5 1/2" X 9" and has more than 1,400 entries. 

The Fathers' Rights and Equality Exchange 1 (500) FOR-DADS
    F.R.E.E.[tm] works to gain equality for fathers using a three-pronged approach. The three prongs are support, education, and legislation. F.R.E.E.[tm] volunteers man the phones, and return calls to dads, letting them know that they are not alone. F.R.E.E.[tm] provides associates with up-to-date information via its website and electronic mail updates. F.R.E.E.[tm] makes available, in one central location, additional resources, including books and videotapes. F.R.E.E.[tm] provides referrals to, and consultations by, father-friendly attorneys.

Divorce Seminars (540) 373-4763
P.O. Box 7835, Fredericksburg, VA 224047835
    All Divorce Issues; the seminars focus on how to survive separations and divorce. Maria Costa addresses all areas of the divorce process, from the beginning stages to how to continue on with your life after a divorce.

Marriage Encounter
    Assemblies of God Marriage Encounter
    Baptist Marriage Encounter
    Episcopal Marriage Encounter
    Jewish Marriage Enhancement
    International Lutheran Marriage Encounter
    Methodist Marriage Encounter
    Roman Catholic Marriage Encounter
    Seventh-Day Adventist Marriage Encounter
    United Church of Christ Marriage Encounter

    Marriage Encounter, is a weekend away from home, family and responsibilities where in a comfortable, secluded environment a couple is guided in the discovery of new techniques of communicating and sharing with one another. It is not a retreat, but it is a program designed to give couples the opportunity to examine their lives together, their weaknesses and strong points, their attitudes toward each other and toward their families. Couples are given the opportunity to look at themselves, privately with their partner in an honest, face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter.
    Engaged Encounter, is a weekend experience designed to help couples prepare personally and as a couple for marriage. The focus is on the marriage, not on the wedding. "A wedding is a day ... a marriage is a lifetime." Couples are shown communication and decision-making techniques they can use throughout their lifetime together. Engaged Encounter is specifically designed for quiet reflection and discussion by each couple. It is a positive, simple, common-sense experience between two people who are either seriously considering engagement, engaged or recently married. At no time will the couple be asked to share their private experiences with the group.

NO BULLY website
    This site is part of the Telecom/Police STOP BULLYING Campaign. Spot and Bo are here to show you around the site. You can hang out with Bo and his friends and play the No Bully game, and he's got lots of other useful stuff for kids. Spot can help you to find out about support services in your community and ways that adults can help kids to deal with bullying.

    This site originates in New Zealand but addresses a world wide problem. Telecom is the major sponsor of Police programs which help young New Zealanders to avoid becoming offenders or victims of crime. The programs encourage children and young people to act safely and confidently to protect themselves and their property, and avoid drug abuse. Telecom supports the Police because we recognize it is the responsibility of all New Zealanders to allow our children and young people to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

    Virginians Against Domestic Violence

    1010 N. Thompson Street, Suite 202, Richmond, VA 23230
    (804) 377-0335 (voice)
    (804) 377-7330 (TTY)
    (804) 377-0339 (fax)

The Natural Law Party (800) 332-0000
    "It takes an enlightened village to raise an enlightened child." If prevention-oriented government and consciousness-based education appeals to YOUR higher self. The Natural Law Party wants YOU!

Virginia Family Law Justice
3604 Wharf Lane, Triangle, VA

We will change family law in Virginia so that children, not judges and lawyers, come first.

A Family Support Group (703) 978-6425
    for those who have loved ones that suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder meets at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in the B Building in Room B-53. We meet every third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. There is no fee. Cal for more information.

Straight Spouses Support Group (703) 548-3238
    (BALTIMORE AREA) Support for heterosexuals who are married to or separated/ divorced from homosexual men and women. Meets 4th Saturday of every month in the Baltimore metro area. Ask for Mary S. Internet:

Experience the Root of Change (703) 683-1414
    by Uncovering Your Life Patterns. "Transforming the Knowing of East & West," by Susan Miller, certified professional counselor, licensed social worker, past life regression therapist, Reiki master, BioEnergy therapist, Shamanic journeyer, soul recognition facilitator. 16 years experience.

Earth Religion People (703) 439-0001
    4th Sunday. 11 am - 2 pm. Cafe Mara. Informal gathering at an Herb Farm in Warrenton, VA area. Contact: Mara

Angel Healing (703) 273-1605
    1st & 3rd Mondays, Fairfax, VA.

Eclectic Meditation (703) 754-2581
    Guided imagery, movement, meditations, chakras, music, chanting,. Every other Friday. Gainesville, VA.

Arlington Men's Council. Drumming (703) 276-0913
    Last Friday of the month. Men's consciousness raising at Arlington Unitarian Church, VA.

IRS Forms & Publications
    The latest IRS publications and forms with instructions for download in the various formats.

Division of Support Enforcement (804) 692-1428 (800) 662-1969
    730 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Virginia State Bar Association (for attorney referrals) (804) 775-0500
707 E. Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, VA 23219-2803

National Association of Social Workers

VA-Sex Offenders  

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