My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Virginia
I am filling a custody petition in the state of Virginia to get custody of my nephew who was living in Puerto Rico but recently moved to live with me in Virginia. He is 17 years old and won't be 18 until May 2013. His dad has sole legal custody and he lives in Puerto Rico. His mother lives in Philadelphia and only has visitation rights during the summer break and the Christmas break provided she pays for the air travel.
I have spoken to both parents and they do not object for my wife and me to get custody. We are all in agreement that this will be the best choice for the teenager. My nephew also wants to stay with me in Virginia. Once the parents get served to appear in court, can they provide any documentation stating there are no objections to the proposed custody? Or, must they appear in court? What documentation should the parents provide if skipping the court appearance is an option?