Resolve Your Child Custody Case While Keeping Your Child’s Best Interests In Mind
Few areas of family law stir up emotions the way child custody does, whether as part of a divorce or a case between unmarried parents. Parents naturally realize that their parent-child relationships will be impacted by the amount and quality of time that they can spend with their children.
At Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C., our Virginia family law attorneys represent parents in all types of child custody cases, including modifications and enforcements.
Who Will Decide Your Family’s Fate?
Ideally, you and the other parent should be able to reach an agreement on a child custody or parenting time plan that works best for all of you. Your case may be resolved in one of these ways:
- In negotiations
- In collaborative law sessions
- In mediation
- In a trial
Of these options, a trial is the least attractive, because a judge who does not know your family well may make decisions that will affect your family greatly.
Nonetheless, a trial may be necessary. You can expect a family law judge to pay close attention to the following factors while your child’s custody case is under consideration:
- The age and health of the child (or children)
- The age and physical and mental health of the parents
- The strength of the parent-child relationship with each parent
- Factors involving siblings, peers and extended family members
- The parents’ respective support for each other’s ongoing relationship with the child
- The parents’ ability to cooperate and resolve disputes as they arise
- The child’s stated preferences if they are old enough for their opinions to be taken into account
The Resulting Child Custody Order
However your parenting plan is determined, it will be expressed in a court order laying out one of the following arrangements:
- Joint physical and legal custody, whereby the child may live with one or both of you for specified lengths of time, and both of you will retain decision-making powers
- Sole physical and legal custody if either parent is totally absent, unfit or unwilling to assume parenting duties most of the time
To Discuss Your Child Custody Case With A Virginia Family Law Attorney
Our lawyers have 85 combined years of experience. Drawing on this wealth of knowledge, one of our family law attorneys can help you negotiate a move away, pursue a custody modification and/or get help enforcing a custody order.