Despite either the parents are married or not, breaking a relationship can have traumatic effects on the lives of the children. The courts of Virginia recognize this and place an importance on satisfying the best interests of children; their interests are the guide that the courts use when it comes to resolving the issues of family rights and the problems of custody and visitation of children in Virginia.
How can the custody lawyers in Virginia help you?
The lawyers help people on all sides of this complex equation find a solution that meets the best interests of children. Guardianship of a minor and visitation rights can be very emotional issues for parents. Some of the relevant factors in determining custody include the child’s relationship to each parent, the child’s preference (if the court considers the child of sufficient age), the child’s age, and the child’s general health including his / her well-being and his social behavior. The court also takes into account the evidence of domestic abuse. The court considers that in many instances it is in the best interest of the child to continue receiving the attention of both parents.
The visitation hours allow the non-custodial parent to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child. For this reason, the court favors the father who makes the maximum effort to foster a positive relationship exists between the child with other parents. While many people think that custody of the child has to do exclusively with the primary residence of the child, this only touches on the issue of “physical custody.” Another aspect is “legal custody” which means parents possess right to participate in all necessary decisions of the life of the child.
How can the matter of child custody be resolved in Virginia?
In many cases, parents choose to solve custody and visitation problems with a mediator or through negotiation. If this is the case in your child custody dispute, a lawyer will try to do everything possible for a reasonable plan on your behalf. If the negotiation fails and all or some of the problems remain unresolved, then our attorneys will not wait to go to court and protect your rights and the welfare of your child