Virginia Child Custody
As your Virginia child custody attorney, our firm handles Virginia child custody litigation. However, if you are not pursuing the best interests of your child or children, we encourage you to seek child custody representation elsewhere.
If you are seeking high-quality child custody legal representation to protect the best interests of your child in Virginia… we are your child custody attorney.
Perhaps the most difficult and emotional part of a divorce or separation is the determination of where the children will reside.
Our clients come to us with many questions, concerns, and worries about their children… where will the children reside, what parent will have custody or visitation, can custody be shared, how do I keep my children safe from an abusive ex, and many others. We have handled many child custody cases, from those where the parties enter into a parenting agreement, to those requiring a full trial in the Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, to those appealed to the Virginia Circuit Court, and even those appealed to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Every Virginia child custody case is unique and every case is provided the utmost care and dedication.
In Virginia, child custody cases are decided by evaluating the following Virginia child custody statutory factors.
In determining custody in Virginia, the court shall give primary consideration to the best interests of the child. To determine child custody in Virginia, the court must evaluate the following child custody statutory factors:
- The age and physical and mental condition of the child, giving due consideration to the child’s changing developmental needs. – The court will consider the age of the child and the care necessary for a child of that age, mental, and physical condition when considering this child custody factor in Virginia. A newborn child obviously need different care than a teenage child. A child custody decision in Virginia will focus on determining who is the parent better suited to attend to the needs of the child…now.
- The age and physical and mental condition of each parent.
- The relationship existing between each parent and each child, giving due consideration to the positive involvement with the child’s life, the ability to accurately assess and meet the emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the child.
- The needs of the child, giving due consideration to other important relationships of the child, including but not limited to siblings, peers and extended family members.
- The role that each parent has played and will play in the future, in the upbringing and care of the child.
- The propensity of each parent to actively support the child’s contact and relationship with the other parent, including whether a parent has unreasonably denied the other parent access to or visitation with the child. – This is an extremely important child custody factor in Virginia. The ability of parents to work together to promote the best interests of the child can’t be underestimated. When a parent alienates the child from the other parent for no good reason (good reason meaning in the child’s best interests, not in the parent’s), the court will generally not look favorably at that parent when determining which parent will get custody of the child. There are only very few “reasonable” circumstances when a court will not look unfavorably at a parent’s acts of denying visitation to the other parent.
- The relative willingness and demonstrated ability of each parent to maintain a close and continuing relationship with the child, and the ability of each parent to cooperate in and resolve disputes regarding matters affecting the child.
- The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of reasonable intelligence, understanding, age and experience to express such a preference.
- Any history of family abuse.
- Such other factors as the court deems necessary and proper to the determination.
Code of Virginia, Title 20, Section 20-124.2 and 124.3
Our Virginia child custody law firm has tried many child custody cases and has a very successful track record of accomplishments and results. If you are in the middle of or about to start a child custody dispute in Virginia, contact us before taking any actions. The strategy taken in the beginning of your child custody case will have an enormous impact on the outcome of the case. Let our Virginia child custody attorneys share their knowledge with you.
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