Resolving the Issues of Child Custody and Visitation
Every parent cares about and loves his or her children. Parents want to have an active and meaningful role in their children's futures. In the midst of a divorce or separation, however, it often becomes very easy for one or both parents to lose sight of those basic truths — and of the best interests of their children as well.
Serving clients in Fairfax County and throughout the surrounding jurisdictions of Northern Virginia since 1981, our firm's experience and focus on family law matters can help you minimize the harmful effects of separation and divorce by keeping you focused on the goals that really matter.
The Best Interests of the Child
Virginia's "Best Interest of the Child" statute is found at Section 20-124.3 of the Code of Virginia. The factors that courts must consider in all child custody or visitation disputes are:
- The age and physical and mental condition of the child
- The age and physical and mental condition of each parent
- The relationship existing between each parent and each child
- The needs of the child
- The role which each parent has played in the upbringing and care of the child, and the role each will play in the future
- The likelihood of each parent actively supporting the child's contact and relationship with the other parent and of cooperating in matters affecting the child
- The reasonable preference of the child, if of reasonable intelligence, understanding, age and experience to express such a preference
- Any family history of domestic violence or abuse
- Other factors as the court deems necessary and proper
In many previous cases — hard work, thorough preparation, a detailed knowledge of the law, and the ability of our lawyers to work well with opposing counsel have helped clients avoid a courtroom battle.
At the same time, we recognize that there are situations in which an acceptable compromise on child custody or visitation issues cannot be reached through negotiation or mediation. In these cases, you can feel confident in the ability of our attorneys to effectively protect your interests at trial. We have experience in handling local, interstate, and intercountry child custody litigation, at both the trial and appellate level.
For answers to specific questions you have about child custody orders, parenting plans, sole or joint legal custody, visitation rights, or the modification or enforcement of existing custody agreements or orders — call us at 703-539-5398 to schedule a consultation or contact us online.