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Child Custody

Virginia Child Custody Laws

Every parent and child involved in a divorce is concerned about the impact of temporary and final custody and visitation decrees on their relationships and the welfare of the children. Children need to know that their parents will still be there after the divorce, and need answers to their questions about home, school, and family finances.

The Virginia courts recognize joint custody, sole custody, and shared custody. We will help you understand the differences in each arrangement and how your family may be affected by the type of custody in your divorce decree. If you have questions about your rights as a parent or how your child’s best interests can be protected, contact our Richmond area family law office and arrange a consultation with an attorney from our firm about matters which can be settled by agreement.

Factors considered by the court include the current relationship of each parent with the child, the physical and mental health of each parent, and the physical and developmental needs of the child. In some cases, the judge may speak with the child alone and consider the wishes of the child, appoint a guardian ad litem, or order an evaluation by a mental health expert when custody is contested.

Visitation is the means by which a non-custodial parent maintains a continuing relationship with the child. Both parents have rights to the child’s medical and school records. At all times, child custody laws require all parties involved to develop a custody and visitation solution that is in the best interests of the child. In some cases, a previous decree can be changed, if a change in circumstances can be shown.

Few matters are as critical as child custody proceedings. If you can work cooperatively with your spouse we are capable of helping you successfully resolve your child support and related family law matters out of court – potentially saving a great deal of time, energy, frustration, and money. However, we understand that not all cases can be resolved through agreement and we can recommend experienced Family Law litigators for you if needed.

If you are interested in an agreement about child custody or support modification, contact our family law attorney at our Richmond law office. We will be happy to help you evaluate your case.

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