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Terrence R. Batzli
Batzli Wood & Stiles
Glen Allen

Title: President and shareholder
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, University of Richmond; law degree, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
Current professional activities: Fellow in the American Academy and International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; frequent lecturer on family law for continuing education courses
Family: Married 40 years to wife, Sharon; children: Catherine, 33, and Jonathan, 31
Hobbies: Fishing and playing poker
Fan of: Washington Redskins
Favorite vacation spot: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Recently read: “Playing for Pizza” by John Grisham
Mentor: James M. Minor Jr., “the attorney I worked for in my first job out of law school”

What has been the most important recent change in family law?
“I believe that the most important change in recent years is the courts’ recognition that children’s relationships with their fathers are extremely important in the dynamic of families, such that mothers are prohibited from moving children away from their fathers if the distance is such that it impairs the father’s ability to see and interact with his children. Thirty-five years ago, mothers were the favored custodians of children and oftentimes were even permitted to move out of the country regardless of whether or not the father maintained a close relationship with his children.”

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