If you have a relocation hearing that is also a change in circumstances hearing (custody hearing based on the relocation) and the relocation is granted but the relocation order was submitted into the courts over a year later (This was due to the other parties refusing to sign the relocation order) and when the order was finally submitted into the courts the judge refused to back date the order (so the order is not retroactive) from the relocation hearing date but the date it was actually submitted into the courts.
I guess this is a "run-on fragment" because it's not actually a complete sentence. When you start a sentence with "if," there's usually a "then" somewhere in the sentence. This is difficult to follow, but I think what you're saying is that, on some unstated date (let's just say July 1, 2012 for the sake of having something to work with), the court held a hearing. The purpose of the hearing appears to have been for the custodial parent to seek the court's approval to relocate (to some unstated place either within or outside the same state) with the parties' minor child(ren). The court approved the relocation and apparently asked one of the parties to submit a proposed order. Someone did submit the proposed order but apparently did not do so until sometime after July 1, 2013. You say that the reason for this is that the other party "refus[ed] to sign the relocation order," but that doesn't make sense unless you're talking about approving the order as to form/content. While I don't know the specifics of Virginia law on this issue, it is typically the case that, if the other party does not approve a proposed order as to form/content within ten days or so, the proposed order may be submitted without such approval, and I can't think of any good reason to wait over a year to submit a proposed order. In any event, you're saying that judge will not "back date" the order, but it's not clear exactly what the significance of that is. Can you clarify?
So my question is if I was to have to go in front of the courts for change in circumstances (custody) hearing, would I be limited to that date of the last custody order or hearing? In other words is the scope of a time-frame from the hearing date or from the date of when the custody order became active?
I have no idea what you're talking about here.
The reason why ask for scope and limited time is that I’m under the impression that in Virginia you can only go as far back as in evidence that can be used in a custody case is limited to the day and nothing before the day that the order became active. So that's something happened let’s say on the 2nd and the order was submitted on the 5th then I can’t bring up what happened on the 2nd due to the order being on the 5th. Is that correct?
The part I underlined above makes virtually no sense. I think what you might be saying is that you think you're prohibited from complaining about things that occurred before the previous order was entered and want to know if the relevant date is the July 1, 2012 hearing date or the post-July 1, 2013 date when the judge signed the order. Is that what you're asking? If so, and assuming the truth of the premise, then I would assume the July 1, 2012 hearing date would be the relevant date.
I strongly suggest you at least consult with a local family law attorney.